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 TypeFirst DayLast Day
Rifle limited (by draw)Sep. 2Sep. 30
Archery (over-the-counter with caps)Sep. 2Sep. 30
Muzzleloading (over-the-counter with caps)Sep. 2Sep. 30
Rifle (over-the-counter with caps) – Requires overlapping deer or elk licenseConcurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons

Deer

Hunt Type/AreaWeapon TypeFirst DayLast Day
Deer (West of I-25 and Unit 140)ArcheryAug. 26Sep. 24
DeerMuzzleloaderSep. 9Sep. 17
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140)ArcheryOct. 1Oct. 27
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140)MuzzleloaderOct. 14Oct. 22
Combined deer/elk 2nd seasonRifleOct. 21Oct. 29
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140)RifleOct. 28Nov. 7
Combined deer/elk 3rd seasonRifleNov. 4Nov. 12
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140)ArcheryNov. 8Nov. 30
Combined limited deer/elk 4th seasonRifleNov. 15Nov. 19
Late Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140)RifleDec. 1Dec. 14
Plains Deer (East of I-25, except Unit 140)ArcheryDec. 15Dec. 31

Elk

Hunt TypeWeapon TypeFirst DayLast Day
Elk (West of I-25 and Unit 140)ArcheryAug. 26Sep. 24
ElkMuzzleloaderSep. 9Sep. 17
Separate limited elk 1st seasonRifleOct. 14Oct. 18
Combined deer/elk 2nd seasonRifleOct. 21Oct. 29
Combined deer/elk 3rd seasonRifleNov. 4Nov. 12
Combined limited deer/elk 4th seasonRifleNov. 15Nov. 19

Moose

Weapon TypeFirst DayLast Day
ArcherySep. 9Sep. 24
MuzzleloaderSep. 9Sep. 17
RifleOct. 1Oct. 14

Pronghorn

SexWeapon TypeFirst DayLast Day
Bucks onlyArcheryAug. 15Aug. 31
EitherArcherySep. 1Sep. 20
EitherMuzzleloaderSep. 21Sep. 29
EitherRifleOct. 7Oct. 13

Turkey

SeasonFirst DayLast Day
SpringApr. 8May 21
FallSep. 1Oct. 27
LateDec. 15Jan. 15