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Hey y'all I'm new to the forum. I'm trying to learn about small game hunting in Colorado???

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What do you want to hunt? 

What do you want to hunt?  There are birds and rabbits all over the state that can be hunted and are mighty tasty.  While the area that I hunt doesn't have any pheasants it does have plenty of blue grouse (dusky grouse), cotton tail rabbits, and snowshoe hairs.  Areas further north will have sage hens, rabbits and perhaps pheasants.  The eastern plains will have just about every thing small game has to offer except for the grouse. 

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Hunting in Colorado.

I would like to hunt rabbit, squirrel, duck, and turkey. I'm from Mississippi but am stationed in Georgia for te Army. When I get out of the army in a few months my wife and I are moving tI the Steamboat Springs area where my In-Laws live. I have only been to Colorado once and didn't hunt while I was there. I would also like to learn about hunting deer, moose, and elk there. I love to hunt and fish I just don't know anything about it in Colorado. Any advice and help is very much appreciated.

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I would also like to hunt pronghorn, mountain lion, and mountain goats. I love hunting of all kinds. Also if you have any information or advice on fishing in Colorado it would also be very much appreciated.

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<p>I would like to hunt rabbit, squirrel, duck, and turkey. I'm from Mississippi but am stationed in Georgia for te Army. When I get out of the army in a few months my wife and I are moving tI the Steamboat Springs area where my In-Laws live. I have only been to Colorado once and didn't hunt while I was there. I would also like to learn about hunting deer, moose, and elk there. I love to hunt and fish I just don't know anything about it in Colorado. Any advice and help is very much appreciated.</p>

 

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I would also like to hunt pronghorn, mountain lion, and mountain goats. I love hunting of all kinds. Also if you have any information or advice on fishing in Colorado it would also be very much appreciated.

The first thing that you should do is visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife web site and check it out.  It contains all the rules and regulations and a lot more about hunting and fishing in Colorado. 

Around Steamboat you will find ample hunting and fishing areas that hold plenty of animals.  Rabbit season runs from September-February.  You may have to travel a little ways to the west but not too far.  You will find cotton tails in the lower lands and snowshoes in the conifer forest around Steamboat. 

Elk tags for that area are over the counter but all deer tags in the state are draw only and most are unit specific.  Moose take years of applying to draw a tag.  You have to have three points (one a year) before you are even considered for a tag in the actual drawing, mountain goats are the same as moose, it'll take years before you can actually draw a tag for one.

Pronghorn or antelope are draw also and depending on the unit that you apply for can also take anywhere from 2 or 3 points or years to more than 12 years of applying to draw a tag. 

Mountain lions can be hunted with a tag and solo but most will hire a outfitter with dogs in order to get close to one.  Most hunters will spend their whole hunting life without seeing one without the aide of a dog.   

The squirrels in the area are pine squirrels and if you like chewing on a pine tree then I guess that they would be OK but most people don't hunt them. 

For fishing, forget about warm water fishing.  You can find lakes and ponds that have bass, blue gill, and crappie in them but not the size that you will see in the mid-west.  Now cold water fishing is great for trout and northern pike in the Stagecoach area just to the south of Steamboat and in the Yampa river.  You will also find tiger muskie in some of the lakes

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welcome to BGH!

welcome to the site!

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welcome to the site!

Thanks Mike where do you hunt?

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Thanks Mike where do you hunt?

Upstate NY is home for me, but I will hunt anywhere I can!

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Hunting in Colorado

Thanks Critter, are there any Grey Squirrel or Fox Squirrel close? I don't mind traveling a little for good hunting...

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Points?

@ Critter what are the "points" you mentioned?

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You are going to have to head

You are going to have to head over to the front range for fox squirrels.

 As for the points, Colorado works their draw on a preference point system. If you do not draw your first choice hunt you get one point for the next year. Some units take up to 20 points or years of being unsuccessful in the first draw to draw a tag. Moose, mountain goats, and sheep are set up on a preference point/bonus point system. You need 3 preference points to get into the draw for them, then instead of a preference point you get bonus points for each unsuccessful draw. It is feasible that a hunter with 3 preference points and 1 or 2 bonus points to draw one of these tags but it is very unlikely. Also the points are animal specific. So if you have 5 elk points they won't do you any good in the deer draw.

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