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Colorado archery and muzzleloader overlapping rules

Quick question, hoping someone can help me out.  I have an archery cow tag and a mulie muzzleloader tag for the same unit.  Can I hunt elk with the bow and strap the bow on my muzzleloader on my backpack while hunting?

Or is it one species at a time?  I don't want to get in trouble with DOW.

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It is one at a time as you

It is one at a time as you cannot hunt with a bow during muzzle loader season and of course you cannot hunt with a ML in bow season. Also you need to wear your blaze orange if you are hunting with the ML. Nothing wrong with being out with your archery tag in the morning then switch to your ML tag in the evening or something like that. I know you have both tags but it will be very hard to prove to a game official that you switched from bow to ML, put on your orange then engaged your animal. Better safe than sorry for sure. Good luck.

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Since you can use a bow for a

Since you can use a bow for a rifle season tag, as long as you wear the appropriate amount of hunter orange, I thought you would be able to use a bow for a muzzleloader tag also.  Turns out I was wrong, as SGM stated above.  Page 12 of the 2012 Big Game Regs shows that muzzleloader is the only legal weapon for a muzzleloader tag.  

However, I don't see why you couldn't have both weapons on you at the same time.  So long as you followed the regulations extremely well, I don't think a game warden could do anything to you. Prior to harvesting an animal, it is perfectly legal to possess more than one weapon at a time.  After harvesting an animal, it would be pretty obvious if you used the wrong weapon for the wrong tag.  You might be able to disguise harvesting an animal with a bow during a muzzleloader season, but that would probably be more difficult than it seems.  

I am not positive about my post, but unless I missed something in the regulations, you should be fine.  The safest thing to do would be to either call CDOW to get clarification, or, as SGM suggests, carry only one weapon at a time.  

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Well, you can hunt the elk

Well, you can hunt the elk with your bow through ML season. You can obviously hunt for the deer with the ML during ML season. I see nothing illegal about doing them at the same time during ML season.

It's not hard for a warden to see an arrow wound in the elk, and a ML bullet wound in the deer.

Be sure to wear blaze orange if your carrying the ML. Even if you're hunting with the bow.

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Wear orange if you want to carry both at the same time

In my opinion, if you really want to have both a bow and ML with you at the same time then all you need to do is follow the hunter orange requirements for the ML.  As long as you have a ML in your possession during the act of hunting then you have to comply with the hunter orange requirements. You could still carry both at the same time, and if you saw an elk you can shoot it with your bow, but because you still have an ML in your possession then you still need to keep your orange on, even though you are shooting your bow at that moment.  I think you would be on very thin ice if you saw an elk and then took off your orange to shoot it, because you still have an ML in your possession.

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Wearing blaze orange doesn't

Wearing blaze orange doesn't bother me.  I believe you still need to wear blaze orange requirements of muzzleloader if your bowhunting in that season anyway.  I better call DOW to confirm carrying 2 weapons is legal.

 

If anyone else has called DOW on this topic please let us know.

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Actually, you never have to

Actually, you never have to wear BO as a bow hunter. There's more going on during bow season than just muzzleloader season. Bear season is the whole month of Sept with a rifle.

I would wear BO as a bow hunter anyway. For all the reasons we wear BO.

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Interesting question...

I think the safe thing to do is wear blaze orange the whole time you're hunting if you have the muzzleloader with you. I am curious if it makes a difference if there's a cap on the nipple? According to the rules it would be considered "unloaded". Usually you would have a hard time convincing a DOW officer that you aren't hunting even if there's no cap on the gun and you're sneaking through the woods with a muzzy tag. However, you would have a pretty good case to say you were bowhunting while sneaking through the woods with a bow tag and a bow and an "unloaded" muzzleloader. A lot of guys carry sidearms while bowhunting and they don't have to wear blaze orange. I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV. If it were me, I would get a clarification from the DOW or just wear the blaze orange the whole time.

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Wearing a sidearn while bow

Wearing a sidearn while bow hunting is strickly for self protection. You can't even use it to finish off an animal.

Carrying a muzzleloader with a ML tag, and claiming you aren't hunting. Won't work without wearing BO. I can hear the warden now. If you're ML hunting carry the ML. If you're bow hunting carry the bow. If you want to carry both. Wear BO. Pretty simple really.

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Blaze Orange

I know what you're saying and I can't see the DOW passing up a chance to hand out a ticket....but....."no cap = unloaded" according to the rules. To me, if it's unloaded, you'd be hard pressed to prove I'm actively hunting. But I see your point. I think it would depend on the officer as to whether you got a ticket.

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You need to have the

You need to have the cal/primer off for carrying in a vehicle, but you don't have to have it installed to be hunting. I think it would be a ticket, but it's so much easier to just wear BO. It doesn't bust us in ML and rifle seasons. It shouldn't for bow hunters either. I'm still confused why they don't need to wear it.

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