1. Colorado Small Game Hunting License
All hunters in Colorado must have a hunting license. Hunting licenses must be carried in your possession at all times when hunting, or going to or from your hunting area. Hunting licenses are available from several license agents or online. Before purchasing your hunting license, make sure you determine your residency status and apply for the correct license. For more on residency requirements for Colorado Hunting Licenses, Click Here.
2. Hunter Education Card
Hunter Education Cards or certificates must be carried at all times while hunting. While it is not required that you take the course in Colorado, it must be a state-approved course. Additionally, hunter education can be verified with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife so you do not need to carry it in your possession. For more on hunter education requirements in Colorado, including the verification process, Click Here.
3. Colorado Waterfowl Stamp
Colorado Waterfowl Stamps are printed on your license, and not an actual stamp. These must be purchased prior to hunting waterfowl of any kind in Colorado.
4. Federal Waterfowl Stamp
The Federal Waterfowl Stamp is an actual stamp that must be purchased prior to hunting waterfowl in any state in the United States, including Colorado. If you hunt in different states, you only need to buy one Federal waterfowl stamp, but be sure to have it in your possession when hunting waterfowl in Colorado or any other state. The Federal Waterfowl Stamp must be signed by the hunter prior to hunting. In Colorado, there is an option to purchase a temporary Federal Waterfowl Stamp that prints on your license. This printed “stamp” is valid for a short period of time before your physical Federal Waterfowl Stamp arrives in the mail to the address on your license. After the temporary stamp expires, you must carry the physical stamp with you while hunting.
5. Habitat Stamp
Habitat stamps are required for all hunters in Colorado. However, anyone purchasing a one day hunting or fishing license is exempt until they purchase their third additional day of hunting in Colorado. A lifetime habitat stamp may be purchased for $300.25
6. HIP Number
Harvest Information Programs, or HIP, requires hunters to participate in a survey regarding their migratory bird hunting habits and success rates. HIP then provides a number for hunters to write on their duck hunting license in Colorado. Prior to hunting any waterfowl in Colorado, you must have your assigned HIP number written on your license.
If you receive a Colorado Hunting Violation while duck or goose hunting, you should know that you do have options instead of just paying the ticket. Licensing violations in Colorado can carry hefty fines and penalties such as a loss of your hunting or fishing privileges, so don't think that paying the money and pleading guilty will be the last you'll hear of it. Colorado Hunting Violation Lawyer Nathaniel Gilbert has experience working with CPW and district attorneys in Colorado to resolve hunting violations received by his clients. Consult with Nathaniel to review your case and make the best decision you can for your hunting future.