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Location: Arvada, CO
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Good public land for rabbits/hares Colorado front range?

Can anyone recommend a good, public land, area to hunt some bunnies along the Denver front range? This is only my second year hunting, but it has not been a very good one for the dinner table - only one dove in the freezer, no elk, no deer, no turkey Cry. I would like to find some public land within about an hours drive from the Denver-metro area (I live NW of Denver, Arvada) where I can take my two boys out with me for an afternoon to give them a bit of a hunting experience and maybe put something on the table. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Good public land for rabbits/hares Colorado front range?

Look for the State Wildlife Areas (SWA) on the Division of Wildlife website, there are some great spots. Now is the time too, before the regular waterfowl seasons open. Since many must be reserved on a first come first serve basis, they fill up weeks in advance during those seasons, right now you should be able to go anywhere you want.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/

Good luck, and great stuff taking the young-uns out! Thumbs up

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Good public land for rabbits/hares Colorado front range?

I thought about. We tried a couple last year in the Loveland/Greeley area without much luck - not to mention the attention span of young kids when you don't see anything I was thinking we might try the Mount Evans SWA, or the Ralston Creek SWA. I also had a friend suggest behind Central City to the west, around the Columbine campground area. Anyone have thoughts about bunnies in these areas?

HeavyC wrote:
Good luck, and great stuff taking the young-uns out! Thumbs up

I thought they could bring their BB guns and plink at some trees and branches - not to mention that if we get something they can help clean and skin. I keep telling my 10 year old that if he reads the hunters safety book and passes the class, I'll get him a .22 rifle. So far that has not motivated him. Maybe if we can get out and bring some dinner home it will help the motivation. My 7 year old I don't have any worries about. As soon as he can read and understand the material, he will be right there with me, going out every chance he can

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Good public land for rabbits/hares Colorado front range?

I've been up behind Central City many many years ago and there was nothing there. Ya might try out around Georgetown.

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