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Hunting in Colorado

Colorado is an exceptional hunting destination with a large diversity of game animals and an even larger diversity of hunting land. From waterfowl to larger game such as elk, deer, bear and mountain lions there is something for everyone to hunt here. Colorado's hunting seasons vary depending on the type animal and what type of permit you have, however it is safe to say that the common season is about three to four months beginning in September and ending in December.


The game bird hunting season usually ranges from September through November. The most common foul hunted in Colorado are pheasants, quail and dove, followed by turkey, grouse and prairie chicken. Pigeon, crow, partridge, snipe, and rail are also hunted. While the Northeastern section of Colorado is most commonly known as a popular bird hunting area (especially for pheasants), the Southeastern section is also great for bird hunting and is exceptionally less crowded. A good tip to keep in mind if your looking to be in an area with less hunters.


Northeastern Colorado is renowned for its Canada Goose and Duck hunting. Windsor, Severence and the I-76 corridor along the South Platte river are frequented by thousands of geese and ducks. Outfitters make a solid business out of taking clients into fields in pit blinds or along rivers in duck blinds to hunt these migratory birds.


The big game hunting season in Colorado ranges from August through November. What are big game hunters after?  Moose, black bear, deer, pronghorn and Rocky Mountain elk are Colorado's most popular hunts. Colorado state's Parks and Wildlife division relies heavily on fees to hunt in Colorado, especially from out-of-state hunters. Elk licenses bring over $500, plus the local hunting towns financially benefit from the surge of hunters in the Fall. World record deer and elk live in the mountains and plains of Colorado, and hundreds of record book animals have been taken here. Be sure to get your license early as there are a limited amount of licenses available in Southwest Colorado.


The hunting season for predators, (or fur bearing animals) in Colorado ranges from October to December. Hunters can find themselves on the scent of badger, red fox, raccoon, skunk, muskrat, beaver, bobcat and coyote. Although most abundant in the plains area, coyotes are a common animal in Colorado and can be found just about anywhere. Be sure to keep in mind that the he Southern part of the state is most popular for bobcats, foxes and other fur bearers. Looking to hunt small mammals or varmint? Well that hunting season occurs mostly in October and November. What animals can you expect to find in the cross hairs? Squirrels, cottontails, snowshoe hair, jackrabbits, marmots, and prairie dogs. Varmints can be found almost anywhere there is grass in Colorado, except for those pesky little squirrels who are most commonly found in forested areas.

Hunting in Colorado is an exceptional experience that no one interested in hunting should miss out on. The only sure way preserve your piece of this resource is to purchase your own personal slice of Colorado. Hayden Outdoors can help you make your dream come true by providing you with extensive options for Colorado hunting land for sale.