Big Game Regulations Brochures are officially out in Colorado and hunters across the state and across the nation will soon start planning their elk, moose, deer, and antelope hunts. With the number of hunters moving to Colorado growing every day, some newly transplanted outdoorsmen may wonder when they officially become a resident for purposes of Colorado hunting licenses.
Licensing violations are serious violations in Colorado, and can earn hunters and fishermen a suspension of their hunting and fishing privileges. Colorado residents are afforded many privileges in hunting license applications, and the temptation to falsify documents in order to be a resident can be tempting to non-residents. Even a violation that is not made intentionally can carry hefty fines and license suspensions.
The general rule to remember when determining residency is “6 months.” Anyone purchasing or applying for a Resident license MUST have resided in Colorado permanently for the last 6 months AND not have purchased a Resident license in any other state in the last 6 months. This means you must have established residency at least 6 months before the deadline to enter the draw application for the 2016 seasons if you wish to enter as a Resident.
Generally, you may NOT have a Resident license in more than one state. The exceptions to this rule are active duty military personnel and full time students. The burden of proof regarding residency is entirely on the hunter. This means it is up to you to prove that you are a resident of Colorado when applying for a Colorado Resident license.
More information can be found here:
Colorado Big Game Brochure: http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf
Residency Requirements: https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Shop/AppsLicenses/ProofofResidency.pdf