Colorado Hunting Dates and Fees


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2023 Colorado Big Game Hunting Season Dates


Black Bear over-the-counter w/caps Sep 2 – Sep 30

Deer/Elk West of I-25 and Unit 140 Sep 2 – Sep 30

Moose Sep 9 – Sep 30

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Oct 1 – Oct 27

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Nov 8 – Nov 30

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Dec 15 – Dec 31

Pronghorn Bucks Only Aug 15 – Aug 31

Pronghorn Buck or Doe Sep 1 – Sep 20


Black Bear over-the-counter w/caps Sep 9 – Sep 17

Deer/Elk/Moose by draw only Sep 9 – Sep 17

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 – by draw only Oct 14 – Oct 22

Pronghorn by draw only Sep 21 – Sep 29


Black Bear* over-the-counter w/caps *Concurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons

Black Bear September, Limited, by draw only Sep 2 – Sep 30

Deer/Elk Combined, 2nd Season Oct 28 – Nov 5

Deer/Elk Combined, 3rd Season Nov 11 – Nov 17

Deer/Elk Combined Limited, 4th Season Nov 22 – Nov 26

Elk Separate Limited, 1st Season Oct 14 – Oct 18

Moose Oct 1 – Oct 14

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Oct 28 – Nov 7

Plains Deer, Late East of I-25, except Unit 140 Dec 1 – Dec 14

Pronghorn by draw only Oct 7 – Oct 15

*Note: To participate in the Black Bear over-the-counter w/caps season hunter must also hold a deer or elk license for the same unit(s), season and manner of take.

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2023 Colorado Hunting & Fishing – License Fees

Habitat Stamps

Required for persons age 18-64 buying or applying for a license (first license only). Note: A Habitat Stamp will be added to the first license purchase of the year.

Annual Habitat Stamp (valid 3/1 – 3/31, 13 months)Resident: $11.50/yr.Nonresident: $11.50/yr.

Colorado Waterfowl StampResident: $11.50Nonresident: $11.50

Lifetime Habitat StampResident: $345.36Nonresident: $345.36

Big Game License Fees*

Application Processing Fee (Per draw & nonrefundable)Resident: $8.00Nonresident: $10.00

BearResident: $43.78Nonresident: $112.34

Big Horn Sheep (Desert)Resident: $346.86Nonresident: $2,544.04

Big Horn Sheep (Rocky Mountain)Resident: $346.86Nonresident: $2,544.04

Deer Buck or DoeResident: $45.46Nonresident: $456.14

Elk, Bull or Combo Bull/CowResident: $62.72Nonresident: $760.99

Elk, CowResident: $62.72Nonresident: $760.99

MooseResident: $346.86Nonresident: $2,544.04

Mountain GoatResident: $346.86Nonresident: $2,544.04

Mountain LionResident: $56.97Nonresident: $388.83

Preference & Weighted Point Fee (sheep, goat, moose)Resident: $50.00Nonresident: $100.00

Pronghorn Buck or DoeResident: $45.46Nonresident: $456.14

Youth Bear (ages 12-17)Resident: $16.98Nonresident: $56.80

Youth Elk, Deer & Pronghorn (ages 12-17)Resident: $17.57Nonresident: $116.50

Small Game License Fees*

Annual Senior Small Game & Fishing Combo (65 years and older)Resident: $33.54Nonresident: N/A

Annual Small Game (includes furbearers, valid 3/1 – 3/31, 13 months)Resident: $33.96Nonresident: $93.78

Annual Small Game & Fishing Combo (valid 3/1 – 3/31, 13 months)Resident: $56.97Nonresident: N/A

Application Processing Fee (Turkey, Per draw & nonrefundable)Resident: $8.00Nonresident: $10.00

Band-tailed Pigeon PermitResident: $5.00Nonresident: $5.00

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting StampResident: $31.00Nonresident: $31.00

Furbearer Harvest PermitResident: $10.00Nonresident: $10.00

Furbearer OnlyResident: $31.41Nonresident: $86.50


Small Game (1-Day)Resident: $15.55Nonresident: $19.01

Small Game (Additional Day)Resident: $7.05Nonresident: $7.05

Turkey (Fall, second draw only)Resident: $28.21Nonresident: $174.30

Turkey (Spring)Resident: $33.96Nonresident: $174.30

Youth Annual Small Game & Furbearer (under 18 years)Resident: $1.40Nonresident: $1.40

Youth Turkey (under 18 years)Resident: $17.86Nonresident: $116.79

Fishing License Fees*

Annual Fishing (valid 3/1 – 3/31, 13 months)Resident: $39.71Nonresident: $111.03

Annual Senior Fishing (65 years and older)Resident: $10.95Nonresident: N/A

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) StampResident: $25.00Nonresident: $50.00

Fishing (1-Day)Resident: $15.55Nonresident: $19.01

Fishing (5-Day)Resident: N/ANonresident: $36.26

Fishing (Additional Day)Resident: $7.05Nonresident: $7.05

Fishing Extra Rod Stamp (Licensed residents/nonresidents and youth under 16)Resident: $11.28Nonresident: $11.28

Youth Fishing (ages 16 & 17)Resident: $10.95Nonresident: N/A

Youth Fishing (under 16 years)Resident: FreeNonresident: Free

*All license prices include an additional 25¢ Search & Rescue Fee and $1.50 Wildlife Education Fee.

Dates and fees information provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. For additional hunting information please visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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