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Colorado Hunting Seasons 2022

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Colorado hunting seasons for 2022-2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Colorado Hunting Seasons

Colorado Hunting

Hunting in Colorado offers the opportunity to be up close and personal with bears, moose, elk and more with the mountains that it provides. It has a unique climate about it and animals that are meant for the rocky area.

Archery season kicks off the date on Sept 1, Next Muzzleloader on Sept 11 followed by four rounds of rifle starting Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 6 and Nov 17. The Primary Draw deadline is April 7 and the Secondary draw correction deadline is July 17.

In general Colorado is divided into hunting areas called game management units. In general for deer, elk and bear hunting archery season starts in early September and lasts almost a month. Muzzleloader season starts in the middle of archery season and four rifle seasons follow that. Hunting season is divided into zones based on the species, what you hunt with and when you hunt.

Colorado Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Bear, Elk, Pronghorn Sheep, Goat

Small Game: Squirrel, Snapping Turtle, Rabbit, Hare, Jackrabbit, Marmot, Prairie Dog, Rattlesnake, Fox, Pine, Coyote

Bird: Band tailed Pigeon, Chukar, Crow, Dove, Starling, Greater Prairie Chicken, Grouse, Pheasant, Rai Soral, Quail, Crane, White tailed Ptarmigan, Snipe, Waterfowl

Colorado Hunting Season Dates 2022-2023

In general Colorado is divided into hunting areas called game management units. In general for deer, elk and bear hunting archery season starts in early September and lasts almost a month. Muzzleloader season starts in the middle of archery season and four rifle seasons follow that. Hunting season is divided into zones based on the species, what you hunt with and when you hunt.

Elk Seasons Overview:
Archery Sept 2-30
Muzzleloaders Sept 11-19
Rifle Oct 16-20, Oct 30-Nov 7, Nov 13-19 and Nov 24-28

Deer Seasons Overview:
Archery Sept 2-30
Muzzleloaders Sept 11-19
Rifle Oct 30-Nov 7, Nov 13-19, Nov 24-28

Colorado Big Game Archery Season 2022-2023

SeasonDatesZoneBag Limit
Deer / ElkSept 2- 30West of I-25 and Unit 1404 deer , no more than 2 bucks, no
more than 2 antlerless all seasons combined
​​​​​​​Plains deer​Oct. 1–29
​Nov. 10–30 
​Dec. 15–31
East of I-25, except Unit 140
MooseSept 11-30Lifetime limit is
one
Pronghorn - Bucks onlyAug 15-31
Pronghorn - Either SexSept 1- 20

Colorado Big Game Muzzleloader Season 2022-2023

SeasonDatesZone
Deer / Elk / Moose​Sept. 11–19
Plains deer​Oct. 9–17East of I-25, except Unit 140
Whitetail-only ​Oct. 9-17Limited
Pronghorn​Sept. 21–29

Colorado Big Game Rifle Season 2022-2023

SeasonDatesZone
Moose​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk​Oct. 16-201st Season
​Combined deer/elkOct. 30-Nov. 72nd Season
Combined deer/elkNov. 13–193rd Season
​Combined limited deer/elk​Nov. 24–284th Season
​Plains deer​Oct. 30–Nov. 9East of I-25, except Unit 140
​Late plains deer​Dec. 1–14East of I-25, except Unit 140)
​Whitetail-only​Oct. 30-Nov.9Limited
Late ​Whitetail-only​Dec. 1-14Limited
​​Pronghorn​Oct. 2–10Limited
Check the regulation brochure​ for specifics and variations.

Colorado Turkey Seasons 2022-2023

Fall: Sept. 1-Oct. 29 (varies by zone)

Colorado Small Game Seasons 2022-2023

Beaver: Oct. 1-Apr. 30

Bobcat: Dec. 1-Feb. 28

Rabbit: Oct. 1-Feb. 28

Fox and Pine Squirrel: Oct. 1-Feb. 28

Marmot: Aug. 10-Oct. 15

Prairie Dogs: June 15-Feb. 28

Prairie Rattlesnake: June 15-Aug. 15

Wyoming Ground Squirrel & Coyote: Open season

Colorado Game Management Map 2022-2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Colorado's hunting zones:

Colorado Bag Limits 2022-2023

Bag limits vary so much by what and where you are hunting you will need to refer to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Colorado Hunting License 2022-2023

A current-year qualifying license is required in order to apply for any of the big game draws.

  1. Secure and verifiable identification
  2. Proof of hunter education
  3. Habitat Stamp
  4. For residents, proof of residency
Resident/ Non ResidentLicenseCost
ResidentSpring Turkey$30.11
ResidentAnnual Small Game$30.11
ResidentSmall game/fishing combo$50.37
Non residentSpring Turkey$153.68
Non residentAnnual Small Game$82.78

Each year you can apply for big game draws to get a limited license as well as after draws are over you can purchase a remaining limited license on sale. License for elk, pronghorn and bear are available without needing to enter the draws.

PermitCost
Deer$40.24
Elk$55.43
Pronghorn$40.24
Moose$305.61
Bear$39.75

Colorado Hunting Regulations 2022-2023

  • Expanded bear hunting opportunities and reduced license fee
  • All archery and muzzleloader elk and deer hunter can add bear add ons free of charge
  • All license fees include 25 cent search and rescue fee and 1.50 wildlife education fund
  • Helpful Resources

    Official State Site: https://cpw.state.co.us/

    FAQs
    When is elk season in Colorado?

    Elk season in Colorado is Sept 2 - 30 for Archery and Oct 16 - Nov 28 for rifle but dates vary zone.


    When does hunting season start in Colorado?

    Deer hunting season starts in Colorado as early as Sept 2 but will vary depending on zone, weapon and what you are hunting.


    When is archery season in Colorado?

    Colorado's archery season is Sept 2 - 30 for deer and will vary by zone and what you are hunting.

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