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C O L O R A D O PA R K S A N D W I L D L I F E
2012 Colorado
Big Game
aPPlICaTIon DeaDlIne: aPRIl 3
InsIDe:
DeeR
elk
PRonghoRn
Moose
beaR
online brochure
COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE • 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216
(303) 297-1192 • www.wildlife.state.co.us • www.parks.state.co.us
2012 Colorado Big Game Hunting
PLEASE CLICK FOR CORRECTIONS
Table of ConTenTs WIlDlIfe seRvICe CenTeRs
• What’s new in 2012 ...............................................................1 WWW.WIlDlIfe.sTaTe.Co.us
licenses ...................................................... 2-6 WIlDlIfe foRT CollIns MeekeR
• Fees, surcharges, hunter education requirements .................2 heaDquaRTeRs 317 W. Prospect Road Fort 73485 Hwy. 64
• Sale dates, license types and allocations .................................3 6060 Broadway Collins, 80526 Meeker, 81641
• neW! Late season youth elk hunt rules and map ................4 Denver, 80216 (970) 472-4300 (970) 878-6090
• Hybrid Draw information ............................................................5 (303) 297-1192
• Landowner vouchers, dream hunt, auction glenWooD sPRIngs MonTe vIsTa
and raffle licenses, Ranching for Wildlife rules..........................6 0088 Wildlife Way 0722 S. Road 1 E.
WIlDlIfe Glenwood Springs, 81601 Monte Vista, 81144
applications & Preference Points........... 7-10 seRvICe CenTeRs (970) 947-2920 (719) 587-6900
• Mailing instructions and refunds ...............................................7 bRush
• Group hunt instructions ...............................................................7 gRanD junCTIon MonTRose
122 E. Edison 711 Independent Ave. 2300 S. Townsend Ave.
• Gaining and using preference points .......................................7 Brush, 80723 Grand Junction, 81505 Montrose, 81401
• How to fill out applications ..................................................... 8-9 (970) 842-6300 (970) 255-6100 (970) 252-6000
• How to read hunt codes and hunt tables ..............................10
ColoRaDo sPRIngs gunnIson Pueblo
field Information & Reference ............. 11-15 4255 Sinton Road 300 W. New York Ave. 600 Reservoir Road
• Legal hunting hours, sunrise/sunset table.............................11 Colorado Springs, 80907 Gunnison, 81230 Pueblo, 81005
(719) 227-5200 (970) 641-7060 (719) 561-5300
• Field dressing tutorial, GPS tips, harvest surveys ..................11
• Legal methods of take, legal firearms .....................................12 DenveR
• Bag limits, hunter-orange clothing requirements .................. 13 hoT sulPhuR sPRIngs salIDa
6060 Broadway 346 Grand County Rd. 362 7405 Hwy. 50
• Illegal activities .............................................................................13 Denver, 80216 Hot Sulphur Springs, 80451 Salida, 81201
• Evidence of sex, attaching carcass tags..................................13 (303) 291-7227 (970) 725-6200 (719) 530-5520
• Transporting and donating meat ............................................14
• Residency requirements, hunters with disabilities................ 14 DuRango laMaR sTeaMboaT sPRIngs
• Land closures and special use land rules ...............................15 151 E. 16th St. 2500 S. Main St. 925 Weiss Dr.
Durango, 81301 Lamar, 81052 Steamboat Springs, 80487
(970) 247-0855 (719) 336-6600 (970) 870-2197
Deer ........................................................ 16-26
• Need to Know hunting tips ........................................................16
• Preference point hunt code .......................................................16
• Season Choice licenses, List A, B, C licenses ...........................16 ReCoRDeD InfoRMaTIon & season DaTes
• Hunt codes .............................................................................. 17-26
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Bear (303) 291-7529 Turkey (303) 291-7547
Fishing (303) 291-7533 Waterfowl (303) 291-7548
elk ........................................................... 28-44 Small Game, Upland Game (303) 291-7546 Hunter Education (303) 291-7530
• Need to Know hunting tips, season dates ....................... 28-29
• Preference point hunt code .......................................................28
• Antler point restrictions ..............................................................28
• List A, B, C licenses ........................................................................29
Printed for free distribution by
• MAP: Over-the-counter antlerless archery hunts....................30
• MAP: Over-the-counter either-sex archery hunts ...................31
• MAP: Over-the-counter rifle hunts .........................................32
COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW)
• Operation Game Thief: Report poaching ..............................33 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216
• Hunt codes .............................................................................. 33-44 (303) 297-1192
www.wildlife.state.co.us
Pronghorn .............................................. 45-49 www.parks.state.co.us
• Need to Know hunting tips ........................................................45
• Preference point hunt code, List A, B, C licenses ....................45 Editor: Amy Nickelson
• MAP: Over-the-counter archery hunts..................................46 Cover photo © CPW Hunter Testimonials
• Hunt codes .............................................................................. 47-49 Printed Jan. 2012 by American Web, Denver. 630,000 copies.
Printing paid for with hunting and fishing license fees.
Moose ..................................................... 50-51 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director: Rick D. Cables
• Need to Know tips, mandatory inspections ..........................50
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets big-game regulations in January. The
• Preference point hunt code, List A, B, C licenses ...................50
Commission (as of Jan. 2012): Tim Glenn, chair • Gary Butterworth, vice chair • Mark Smith,
• Hunt codes .............................................................................. 50-51
secretary • David R. Brougham, member • Chris Castilian, member • Dorothea Farris, member
• Allan Jones, member • Bill Kane, member • Gaspar Perricone, member • James C. Pribyl,
bear......................................................... 52-55 member • John Singletary, member • Robert Streeter, member • Lenna Watson, member •
• Need to Know tips, mandatory inspections ..........................52 Dean Wingfield, member • Mike King, ex officio member • John Salazar, ex officio member
• Preference point hunt code, List A, B, C licenses ...................52
• Hunt codes .............................................................................. 53-55 CPW receives federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In accordance
with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title
land ........................................................ 56-61 II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title
• Game management unit (GMU) descriptions ............... 56-59 IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus
• Chronic wasting disease (CWD) information ......................60 prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.
• MAP: CWD and GMU map .......................................................61
NOTE: Laws and regulations in this brochure are paraphrased for easier understanding and are
Important Dates ............................ back cover intended only as a guide. Colorado wildlife statutes and regulations are available for viewing at
CPW offices and online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/Pages/Regs.aspx.
2012 Colorado Big Game Hunting
DIReCToR’s Message
Watch a videocast with Rick
Cables, the new
director of
Colorado Parks
WHAT’S NEW2012
and Wildlife.
NEW IN THE
FIELD
56, 481 and 561 from Sept. 8-16.
A new rifle doe season on private land only has
also been created in GMU 56 to manage urban
ON THE COVER deer populations around Salida and Buena Vista.
See the hunt tables for the specific hunting area.
!
Colorado resident Andrea Fourth-season buck hunts in units 41, 42, 61,
see The MaP, Page 4 62 and 421 will not be available this year.
Sokolowski harvested a bull in
the 2011 first-rifle season during Some licenses for areas north of Craig to the
a hunting laTe season youTh elk hunT Changes — White River have been changed from List B to List
trip with her There are changes this year to the rules for late A tags. Hunters may only purchase one List A tag
friend Lind- season youth hunts in northwest Colorado. to hunt deer.
say Gartner. Late season hunts were established as a man- Details about each hunt can be found in the tables
Andrea agement tool for reducing elk populations. Harvest starting on page 17.
said she from these seasons have contributed to CPW’s suc-
spooked a cess in achieving elk population objectives. » PRonghoRn
bull the night Managing the number of youth hunters in these MoRe lIsT b lICenses avaIlable — Many
before less units will allow CPW to better account for youth pronghorn licenses traditionally classified as List
than a quar- participation and ensure the long-term viability of A licenses have now been classified as List B.
ter-mile from elk populations in northwest Colorado. Hunters may purchase up to two List B licenses
their truck To achieve this, late hunts in many units are being during the year, which increases your opportunity
and decided to track it the next restricted to include only youth hunters who hold a to harvest an animal.
day. Fifteen minutes of hiking license originally valid for units 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, Check hunt codes carefully in the brochure tables
put her face-to-face with this 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 214, 231 and 301. starting on page 47 to see if your license is now
bull, standing in the same place See the season details and a map of designated considered a List B tag.
he had been the night before. A hunting areas on page 4. neW hunTs — New private-land-only pronghorn
100-yard shot brought a happy hunts have been established in GMUs 9, 88 and
end to her hunt on the second » elk
laTe season Changes — In an effort to manage 191. These hunts run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. As
to last day of the season. always with private-land tags, it is advised to get
“I feel lucky to have harvested herd populations, there are several late-season
hunt closures to be aware of, including hunts in permission from landowners before applying for
a bull the past couple of years,” the license.
she writes. “Every year, I learn units 65, 72 and 82. Check the elk tables starting
more about elk behavior and on page 33. CloseD hunTs — All hunts in GMUs 41, 62 and
every year I realize I have so 411 have been closed to manage game populations.
much more to learn.” » DeeR » beaR
season ChoICe Tags — New hunts have been
Read the rest of Andrea’s story hunT CoDe Changes — Bear hunters should pay
added this year as season choice hunts. These
and share your own photos and close attention to hunt codes this year, as there have
now include plains hunts for whitetails only in
hunt stories on the CPW website been changes to the way GMUs are grouped. The
units 93, 97, 98, 100, 101 and 102. See page 16 for
at http://bit.ly/COHuntPhotos. hunt code for the unit you like to hunt may have
details and hunt codes.
We may use yours in print. See changed since last year, and your license may be
the website for details. oTheR DeeR hunT Changes — A new early valid for different units than what you are used to.
season high-country rifle hunt for bucks has been Check the bear hunt tables, starting on page 53,
added. This license is good for hunting units 48, carefully while filling out your application.
GET MAPS
buReau of lanD ManageMenT WaTCh foR qR CoDes anD ICons guIDe To fIllIng ouT youR aPPlICaTIon
If you have a smartphone, scan the QR codes A reorganized application section walks you step-by-step
2850 Youngfield
in this brochure to get immediate web access through filling out your big-game applications, whether
Lakewood, CO 80215 to more information. And, as always, watch for you’re hunting alone or in a group. There’s also information
(303) 239-3600 the video icon. When you see it, log on to the on how to decipher hunt codes and read the brochure tables.
interactive version of this brochure online at You’ll notice the check box to opt out of getting a prefer-
u.s. geologICal suRvey www.bit.ly/COBigGame2012. ence point has been removed from applications. You will
(topographical and county maps) The interactive version is searchable, down- now be given a preference point if you are unsuccessful in
P.O. Box 25286, Denver Federal loadable and contains helpful videos through- getting your first choice license or you choose a preference
out the pages wherever you see this logo. point as your first choice. See page 7 for details.
Center, Denver, CO 80225
1-888-275-8747 or annual habITaT sTaMP MusT be
(303) 202-4700 aPPlICaTIons CoRReCTIons noW onlIne
PuRChaseD WITh youR lICense Have you made a mistake on your application? Correction are
If you haven’t already purchased a 2012 Habitat due by April 9. Details are found on the website. Correc-
u.s. foResT seRvICe Stamp, you must buy one or submit the payment tions will now be done by submitting a form on the CPW
P.O. Box 25127 with one of your big-game applications in order to be en- website at www.wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/
Lakewood, CO 80225 tered into the draw. If you apply for more than one species, AppCorrections. The form will help CPW match your cor-
(303) 275-5350 include the Habitat Stamp payment with just one of your rection request to your application and complete the correc-
www.nationalforeststore.com applications. See page 2 for details. tion quickly to get your information entered into the draw.
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lICense fees
aPPlICaTIon DeaDlIne: aPRIl 3 WhaT you neeD To buy a lICense
Current and valid photo ID
lICenses
1.
aPPlyIng onlIne Is fasT anD easy! 2. Proof of hunter education (see requirements below)
Go to www.wildlife.state.co.us/shopDoW/appsand 3. For residents, proof of residency (see page 14)
licenses/Pages/totallicensing.aspx 4. Habitat Stamp (see requirements below)
Apply for the draw online — credit cards are accepted for Internet purchases.
Nonresidents MUST use paper applications if applying for moose hunts. lICense RequIReMenTs
1. Hunters must have a license to hunt and carry the original license with
lICense PRoCess ToTal them while hunting.
fee CosT 2. A hunter may hunt only the animal, season and units stated on the license.
» Habitat Stamp (required) ......... $10 ................ - ................$10 3. It is illegal to give false information to obtain a license. It also is illegal to
Add this to license fees below if you have not yet alter a license or to loan, transfer, sell or give your license to someone else.
purchased a 2012 Habitat Stamp. 4. If you lose or destroy your license, you can get a duplicate before the
season opens from a license agent for a fee. Duplicates cost half the
DeeR price of the original license, but not more than $25. After the season
DRaW (lIMITeD) begins, duplicate licenses are available only at Wildlife Service Centers.
» Resident adult ............................. $31 ................$3 ................$34 5. Licenses expire on the expiration date printed on them.
» Resident youth ............................ $10.75 ..........$3 ...............$13.75
» Nonresident adult ...................... $346 ..............$3 ................$349 hunTeR eDuCaTIon (safeTy) RequIReMenTs
» Nonresident youth .................... $100.75 ........$3 ................$103.75 Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, must have completed an WaTCh
approved hunter education course sanctioned by a state or MoRe
elk province before applying for or purchasing a license. Colorado onlIne
DRaW (lIMITeD) honors hunter education courses from other states and provinces.
» Resident adult ............................. $46 ................$3 ................$49 You must present an original hunter safety card when buying
» Resident youth ............................ $10.75 ..........$3 ................$13.75 a license (unless previously verified) or enter the required
» Nonresident bull......................... $576 ..............$3 ...............$579 information when applying by mail or online.
» Nonresident either-sex ............ $576 ..............$3 ...............$579 All hunters must carry their hunter education card while hunting un-
» Nonresident cow ........................ $351 ..............$3 ................$354 less a “V” is printed on the license, which indicates hunter education has
» Nonresident youth .................... $100.75 ........$3 ...............$103.75 been verified at a Wildlife Service Center.
oveR-The-CounTeR Hunter education courses are online at www.wildlife.state.co.us/
» Resident adult ............................. $46 ................ - ................$46 Hunting/HunterEducation/CourseCalendar/Pages/HECalendar.aspx.
» Resident youth ............................ $10.75 .......... - ................$10.75
» Nonresident bull......................... $576 .............. - ................$576 habITaT sTaMP WaTCh
» Nonresident either-sex ............ $576 .............. - ................$576 1. Stamps are $10 and are nonrefundable. Only one is required MoRe
» Nonresident cow ........................ $351 .............. - ................$351 per person per year, valid April 1-March 31. A lifetime stamp onlIne
» Nonresident youth .................... $100.75 ........ - ................$100.75 is $300.25.
2. Anyone 18-64 MUST purchase a stamp in order to buy or ap-
PRonghoRn ply for a preference point or for a hunting or fishing license.
DRaW (lIMITeD)
» Resident adult ............................. $31 ................$3 ................$34 3. Hunters applying for a limited license must purchase a 2012
» Resident youth ............................ $10.75 ..........$3 ................$13.75 stamp to apply in the drawing process. To purchase a stamp with your
» Nonresident adult ...................... $346 ..............$3 ...............$349 draw application, include $10 in addition to your license fee when you
» Nonresident youth .................... $100.75 ........$3 ...............$103.75 send in your application.
4. eXeMPTIons: Anyone with a free lifetime fishing license, a veteran’s
oveR-The-CounTeR
lifetime combination small-game hunting and fishing license, or those
» Resident adult
approved for the Big-Game Mobility Impaired Hunting Program are
(archery only) ............................... $31 ................ - ................$31
exempt. See www.wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/DisabledAccessibility/
» Resident youth ............................ $10.75 .......... - ................$10.75
Pages/Disability Information.aspx for details about those programs.
» Nonresident adult
(archery only) ............................... $346 .............. - ................$346
» Nonresident youth .................... $100.75 ........ - ................$100.75 www.bit.ly/Cobiggame2012
Moose
DRaW (lIMITeD)
Search it.
Find it.
» Resident ........................................ $251 ..............$3 ...............$254
» Nonresident ................................ $1,916 ..........$3 ...............$1,919 This 2012 Big Game brochure, with all
of the hunt codes, rules and reference
beaR
Faster.
materials, is available online in the
DRaW (lIMITeD) anD oveR-The-CounTeR
same interactive, searchable brochure.
» Resident ........................................ $41 ................$3 ................$44
» Nonresident ................................ $351 ..............$3 ...............$354
Plus, everywhere you see a video icon,
See license requirements section on this page for details. Prices [even on your phone] we show you a movie!
include 25-cent search-and-rescue fee and 75-cent surcharge for the
Wildlife Management Education Fund.
felony offenses anD WeaPons: Colorado and federal laws
prohibit people convicted of certain crimes, such as domestic
violence, from possessing weapons even for hunting. If you’ve been
convicted of a crime, check with the appropriate law enforcement
authority to find out how these laws apply to you. online brochure
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LICENSES 2012 Colorado Big Game Hunting
lICense oPTIons anD avaIlabIlITy
c
lICenses
olorado offers many different types of big-game licenses and many different options for purchas-
ing them. To get a limited license, hunters must apply for the draw, a process that awards licenses
to hunters for specific units and dates. Those who are unsuccessful in the draw process still have
IMPoRTanT DaTes
many options open for hunting big game throughout the state, either through the leftover draw,
or with a license available over-the-counter. lICense DRaWIng
» Application deadline ... April 3
avaIlable In The DRaW, aPPlICaTIon DeaDlIne aPRIl 3 » Licenses in the mail,
» lIMITeD lICenses These are licenses that are limited in number for specific units and hunt dates. all draw results
These are distributed through an application and drawing process. posted online by ..........June 15
» PRIvaTe-lanD-only lICenses These are available through the application and drawing process for
specific units on private land and State Trust Lands not leased by CPW. Ranching for Wildlife licenses RefunDs In The MaIl by
are separate from private-land-only licenses. Bear.......................................May 15
Moose ..................................May 17
» RanChIng foR WIlDlIfe (RfW) Public Ranching for Wildlife licenses are available only to Colorado Elk .........................................June 18
residents. Hunters may apply for these through the drawing process for specific seasons and ranches. Deer ......................................June 7
Each ranch has specific rules. See page 6 for more.
Pronghorn..........................June 28
» lefToveR DRaW oPTIon — elk anD DeeR aPPlICaTIons only Elk and deer applicants can have
the first choice of the limited licenses leftover from the drawing by checking the “leftover draw” box lICense sales
on the application where it states, “If unsuccessful, send me...” (See the box at the bottom of this page for CuToff DaTes foR venDoRs
more.) Youths 12-17 receive priority in the leftover draw. If you applied online for the draw, you can also Licenses can only be purchased in
apply online for the leftover draw. Otherwise, you can participate in the leftover draw by mail, so you person at Wildlife Service Centers
don’t have to take the day off of work when they go on sale Aug. 14. after midnight on these dates.
season ......................... DaTe
avaIlable sTaRTIng july 10 Archery Bear......................Aug. 24
» oveR-The-CounTeR lICenses WITh CaPs A preset number of licenses are available on a first-come, Plains Rifle Bear ................Aug. 31
first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. These are called licenses “with caps.” They Muzzleloading ..................Sept. 7
are sold online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at Wildlife Service Centers and license
agents starting at 9 a.m. (MST) July 10. WaTCh 1st Rifle ...............................Oct. 12
MoRe 2nd Rifle .............................Oct. 19
» oveR-The-CounTeR unlIMITeD lICenses These are available to both resident and onlIne 3rd Rifle ..............................Nov. 2
nonresident hunters starting at 9 a.m. (MST) July 10. It is not necessary to go throu


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