The South Platte River is home to many different species of waterfowl and other birds. At sunrise, the river bottom comes to life with their morning chatter.
Take a video tour of the South Platte habitat.
South Platte Medley from Colorado Parks & Wildlife on Vimeo.
For more information about waterfowl, check out the Online Interactive Waterfowl Brochure
.Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities
A youngster's first hunt can be the beginning of a lifelong pastime. It can open a door to a new and exciting world and present opportunities to learn about and experience the out-of-doors. Following a few basic guidelines will help to ensure the best possible time in the field for the novice hunter.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers special hunting opportunities for youth hunters. Apply for a youth waterfowl hunt and learn about safety, calling, and tactics. The focus of this program is to provide new/novice Colorado hunters with a positive initial hunting experience.
Applications are now available. The deadline is August 1
. These hunts are open to Colorado residents only.
Please see Youth Hunting
for more information.
New License and HIP Year April 1
Annual licenses for the 2013 season went on sale mid-March. These license are valid April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014
and include small game hunting, fishing, combination fishing and small game hunting, and the Colorado waterfowl stamp. These licenses are available from any license agent
, CPW office
, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.
Please be aware, the Harvest Information Program (HIP) year also ends on March 31 annually.
Federal Regulations for Migratory Bird Hunters
Game bird hunters should be sure to read United States Fish and Wildlife Service's federal regulations for hunting migratory birds
, which contains need-to-know terms, a list of illegal hunting methods and links to additional information on refuge specific regulations. Note
: When state law differs from Federal law, the hunter must comply with the most restrictive law.
Licenses are valid 4/1/12 - 3/31/13 for small game, combination fishing and hunting, Colorado waterfowl stamp and habitat stamps. They are available for purchase at any license agent
, CPW office
or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.
Hunters must have a small game license, youth small game or combination license to hunt waterfowl.
Hunters 16 or older also need a State and Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, or duck stamp, to hunt waterfowl. Federal stamps are available at post offices and CPW offices. The State stamps are available at all CPW offices, from license agents, online, and by phone at 1-800-244-5613. The stamp is valid when you sign your name in ink across the face of it. An electronic stamp issued at license agents also provides a receipt as proof of purchase. This proof of purchase contains a unique code given instantly and is valid for 45 days from the date of issue, sufficient time for the peel and stick federal stamp to arrive in the mail. A federal stamp is not required to take light geese during the conservation order season.
Anyone aged 18 through 64 must buy a habitat stamp in order to buy or apply for a hunting or fishing license. The state stamp is printed on your license. The stamp is valid when you sign your name in ink across the face of it. For more information, see the habitat stamp page.