The following resources and tips are provided to enhance your total hunting experience, from where to find the nearest shooting range to sight-in your rifle to surviving in the back country.
Be sure to read the Plan Your Hunt page for a step-by-step process for making the most of your Colorado hunt!
Before You Leave Home
- Use the Hunting Trip Information Form to leave important information about your hunting plans in the event of an emergency.
- A Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) registration or non-resident permit is required for all OHVs/ATVs that are operated on public lands. Registrations and permits, and full program details, are at the Colorado State Parks. (OHVs/ATVs must be registered or permitted through State Parks even if the vehicles will be operated only on USFS or BLM land.)
- Important Reminders Before Hunting: Activities and behaviors to be avoided.
- Altitude sickness: Learn what it is, the symptoms, how to lessen your chances of being affected, and treatments. Altitude sickness can affect you even if you aren't venturing into Colorado's high country.
- Hunter Harassment: If, while hunting, you feel you are being harassed, you must respond reasonably and ethically to reduce tensions and conflict. Ethics and behavior.
- Sunrise/Sunset Tables: A link to the U.S. Naval Observatory.
- Firebans: A link to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management fire bans and restrictions information.
- Get the latest information from the US Forest Service about pine bark beetle mitigation work that may take place near your planned hunting area. Their regional maps may also be helpful.
- Weed-Free Forage Program: It's important to use only certified, weed-free forage.
- Other State Wildlife Agencies
In the Field
If you’ll be camping during your hunting trip, please help protect our forests by buying your firewood in Colorado. Firewood can spread harmful insect pests and diseases such as emerald ash borer, sirex wood wasp, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, and oak wilt disease. If you have firewood from another state, please burn it immediately. For more information contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4140. Thank you for your help.
- Ethical and Respectful Care of Game Meat: As an ethical hunter, you must field dress and transport your prized animal property. Show the same respect for your game after the kill as you did before the kill.
- Field Dressing Big Game: Hunters should know exactly what to do after bagging their game. Meat can spoil, and pounds of venison may be wasted if not handled correctly—and immediately. Field dressing game is not difficult if done properly.
- Care and Handling of Game Meat: Important tips to help ensure safe handling and consumption of your game meat.
- The Art of Survival: This information is taken from The Art of Survival pamphlet prepared by Papa Bear Whitmore. It is meant as a guide only and perhaps an inspiration to look further into the art of survival.
- Important Tips for Waterfowl and Sandhill Crane Hunters: Avoid mistakenly shooting protected migratory birds.
- Bear Hunting Tips: The key to hunting Colorado black bears in September is understanding that the physiology and behavior of bears dramatically change in mid-August.
- Mountain Lion Education and Identification Course: An informative course covering mountain lion behavior and biology, as well as tips and techniques for determining gender in mountain lions. Passing the accompanying exam is required of anyone purchasing a Colorado mountain lion license or who hunts or pursues mountain lions in Colorado. (Regulation pending.)