Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Colorado.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  

Bear

Hunt/Weapon Type First Day Last Day
Rifle limited (by draw) Sep. 2 Sep. 30
Archery (over-the-counter with caps) Sep. 2 Sep. 30
Muzzleloading (over-the-counter with caps) Sep. 2 Sep. 30
Rifle (over-the-counter with caps) – Requires overlapping deer or elk license Concurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons

Deer

Hunt Type/Area Weapon Type First Day Last Day
Deer (West of I-25 and Unit 140) Archery Aug. 26 Sep. 24
Deer Muzzleloader Sep. 9 Sep. 17
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140) Archery Oct. 1 Oct. 27
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140) Muzzleloader Oct. 14 Oct. 22
Combined deer/elk 2nd season Rifle Oct. 21 Oct. 29
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140) Rifle Oct. 28 Nov. 7
Combined deer/elk 3rd season Rifle Nov. 4 Nov. 12
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140) Archery Nov. 8 Nov. 30
Combined limited deer/elk 4th season Rifle Nov. 15 Nov. 19
Late Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140) Rifle Dec. 1 Dec. 14
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140) Archery Dec. 15 Dec. 31

Elk

Hunt Type Weapon Type First Day Last Day
Elk (West of I-25 and Unit 140) Archery Aug. 26 Sep. 24
Elk Muzzleloader Sep. 9 Sep. 17
Separate limited elk 1st season Rifle Oct. 14 Oct. 18
Combined deer/elk 2nd season Rifle Oct. 21 Oct. 29
Combined deer/elk 3rd season Rifle Nov. 4 Nov. 12
Combined limited deer/elk 4th season Rifle Nov. 15 Nov. 19

Moose

Weapon Type First Day Last Day
Archery Sep. 9 Sep. 24
Muzzleloader Sep. 9 Sep. 17
Rifle Oct. 1 Oct. 14

Pronghorn

Sex Weapon Type First Day Last Day
Bucks only Archery Aug. 15 Aug. 31
Either Archery Sep. 1 Sep. 20
Either Muzzleloader Sep. 21 Sep. 29
Either Rifle Oct. 7 Oct. 13

Turkey

Season First Day Last Day
Spring Apr. 8 May 21
Fall Sep. 1 Oct. 27
Late Dec. 15 Jan. 15