5 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 07/14/2014
Posts: 3
New to Colorado

I'm currently deployed an spent the years before stationed in Japan. I did some duck an white tail hunting in NC last year, nothing to serious. Im originally from Maine an would really like to get back into it. Not long after my return stateside, I should be moving to the Colorado spring area, but nothing is set in stone. 

I've also never set up any blogs, apologies if it's all wrong. 

My biggest questions are with the average tag limit on white tail and other big game, as well as gun regulations.

I've looked up as much info as I can to answer my own questions on tag limits, but it seems that everything I read contradicts the last. Just a quick down an dirty version of yalls tagging and registration system would be well appreciated. 

I'm also on the brink of purchasing a bushmaster 308 MOE AR, mainly because it's what I'm used carrying an have grown attached to the design over the years. I would also like to use it for as many different types of game as possible. Nothing to large, I don't believe in letting an animal run off wounded. I have no problem modifying a mag for 5 rounds if necessary, but I've heard AR platforms aren't appreciated by hunters out west. 

Any information would be a big help an influence into the weapon system and or systems. 

 

Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 4065
Welcome to the site.  A lot

Welcome to the site. 

A lot of your questions can be answered by checking out the Big Game Hunting Regs either on line on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife pages or pick up a paper copy at just about any store out there.  When you ask about the number of whitetail deer that you may harvest you will also need to refer to the regulations book.  There is a chart set up that lets you know the number and what kind of deer that you can harvest.  The chart will tell you that you can have one A license or a A license+B license or 2 B licenses.  Then there is the A+B+C+C... or B+B+C.... where the A license is a buck tag, the B license is a anterless through the draw, and the C is a private land only license.

 For your choice of firearm the Bushmaster in .308 will work quite well.  Just be aware of the magizine limits that were put into effect last year and a 5 round magizine will be really all you would need.  Also the .308 is capable of killing any big game animal here in Colorado such as whitetail, mule deer, and even elk, as long as you do your part and take a ethical shot on them.

COMeatHunter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Joined: 06/01/2011
Posts: 621
I'll add a few comments too.

I'll add a few comments too.  Really, the regs is the best place to go to get the information but it can be confusing because each state can be very different.

Colorado uses a point system for it's limited license draw for all big game species.  The application deadline for the limited draw is the first week in April.  You can apply for up to 4 choices, but only draw a single tag for each big game species.  After the draw is completed all of the left over tags will be available for purchase first come first served over the counter.  You can purchase additional tags up to the limits Critter pointed out above.  For deer, all of the tags are limited.

I would agree the 308 is a fine big game cartridge and you won't have any trouble killing any big game in Colorado with it.  I think the limit is 5 rounds for a hunting weapon in the field for Colorado, but not 100% sure.  The AR platform is a great weapon for hunting too.  I'd use one if I had one.  Well, maybe not.  It's pretty hard to pass up the old trusty Remington I've been hunting with since I was 14 when I'm leaving on the hunting trip.

Offline
Joined: 07/14/2014
Posts: 3
Great info

All the information is very helpfull. A fare amount of sites are blocked to overseas website addresses. So yalls help is very much appreciated. Do you guys get into small game, bore, coyote, etc?

Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 4065
Small game keeps a lot of us

Small game keeps a lot of us going through the big game off season.  Rabbits, and grouse are what I target most often.  The rabbit season runs from September through February and the grouse season ends in November.  Coyotes are not considered a game animal and there are a few on here that target them through out the winter. 

Offline
Joined: 07/17/2014
Posts: 3
Also -- Colorado has special

Also -- Colorado has special rules for active duty military to allow them access to hunting licenses as if they are a resident.  Ifo is here:   http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/MilitaryBenefits.aspx

The mag limits for hunting are differnt for hunting than for recreational purposes, so make sure you are aware of the regs.

I don't do small bore, just big game.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Moving to Colorado soonsaf8772503/20/2009 23:27 pm
My Latest MountsBull Buster2005/04/2011 08:47 am
Muzzeloader Questions(Colorado)Remington7421303/23/2010 20:22 pm
Hows the Colorado elk herds?TwoBear512/28/2010 21:32 pm
Elk & Moose in Coloradobrucearchambault403/16/2010 08:45 am