Hunting Law

Pursuit of Wounded Wildlife in Colorado: Trespassing and Wanton Waste Charges and the Ethical Duty to Retrieve Downed Game

Pursuit of Wounded Wildlife in Colorado: Trespassing and Wanton Waste Charges and the Ethical Duty to Retrieve Downed Game

Hunters facing Hunting Violations in Colorado should understand the charges they're facing by consulting with an attorney prior to pleading guilty or paying the fine.

2017 Dove Season: Rules and Regulations

2017 Dove Season: Rules and Regulations

Hunting Doves in Colorado for 2017? Don't overlook important hunting laws on tagging and baiting for migratory birds.

Do You Need An Attorney for a Hunting Ticket or Violation?

Do You Need An Attorney for a Hunting Ticket or Violation?

Receiving a hunting violation is stressful enough.  Finding and hiring the right attorney to handle your hunting or fishing ticket should be an easy decision.

How to Find a Hunting Lease

How to Find a Hunting Lease

Hunters looking for hunting leases have more ways than ever to find coveted ground to pursue trophy big game and plentiful waterfowl and upland birds.  However, just because it is easy to find a lease doesn't necessarily mean that you should sign right away.  

Colorado Hunting and Fishing License Suspension Points: 10 Point Offenses

Colorado Hunting and Fishing License Suspension Points: 10 Point Offenses

Hunting and Fishing Violations in Colorado are assigned point values based on the severity of the charges.  The Hunting License Suspension Points accumulate on the hunter's record for 5 years before dropping off, and depending on the number accumulated by the hunter or fisher, he or she may be facing a hearing with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Officer regarding a suspension of their privileges.

Hunting With Artificial Light is a Misdemeanor in Colorado

Hunting With Artificial Light is a Misdemeanor in Colorado

Hunters in Colorado who utilize any kind of artificial light, thermal imaging, or night vision may be in violation even if they are not holding their gun or bow at the time.  Depending on the circumstances, different kinds of artificial light used at different times for different reasons may place hunters in jeopardy of receiving a hunting ticket when they least expect it.

Which Hunting Violations in Colorado are Felonies?

Which Hunting Violations in Colorado are Felonies?

While most outdoor related criminal statutes in Colorado are classified as misdemeanors, certain hunting offenses in Colorado are classified as felonies.  A conviction of any felony charge can have lasting impacts on your ability to earn a living, hunt, and otherwise meaningfully participate in society.

Colorado Hunting and Fishing License Suspensions: 15 Point Violations in Colorado

Colorado Hunting and Fishing License Suspensions: 15 Point Violations in Colorado

Colorado hunting charges have administrative consequences beyond the fines and additions to your criminal record.  Violations carry license point assessments that can have a lasting impact on your hunting and fishing plans in Colorado and across the nation in the coming years.  

Hunting Near Roads: Rules For Hunting in Close Proximity to Public Roads for Colorado Hunters

Hunting Near Roads: Rules For Hunting in Close Proximity to Public Roads for Colorado Hunters

If you hunt anywhere near any public roads in Colorado, you must be careful not to shoot or send any arrows across or from the road.  Even if an animal falls before they reach the road, such as the case with a flushing pheasant, you may still face charges or a Colorado hunting ticket.

New Mexico Upgrades Certain Wildlife and Hunting Charges to Felony Status

New Mexico Upgrades Certain Wildlife and Hunting Charges to Felony Status

New Mexico has moved one particular hunting offense from a misdemeanor offense to a felony.  If convicted, hunters charged with these crimes can face not only losing their hunting privileges, but several other rights as well.

What Hunting Violations Are Worth 20 License Suspension Points?

What Hunting Violations Are Worth 20 License Suspension Points?

Being charged with a Colorado Hunting Violation is serious business, especially when possible suspension of your hunting and fishing privileges is at stake.  While there are several combinations of offenses that could lead to your privileges being suspended, certain offenses can mean an almost automatic suspension of your hunting and fishing license in Colorado.

What is the Cost of a Hunting License?

What is the Cost of a Hunting License?

Colorado is debating increasing the price of resident and non-resident hunting license fees.  Where does Colorado stand on the national stage as far as cost of licenses?

Can I Carry A Handgun While Bow Hunting in Colorado?

Can I Carry A Handgun While Bow Hunting in Colorado?

Can I Carry A Handgun While Bow Hunting in Colorado?Yes.  Colorado Revised Statute 18-12-204(3)(a)(ii) states that any person lawfully able to possess a handgun may carry that handgun while engaged in the act of hunting without obtaining a permit for the handgun.

What Licenses Do I Need to Duck Hunt in Colorado?

What Licenses Do I Need to Duck Hunt in Colorado?

Colorado Duck Hunters should know exactly what licenses, stamps and numbers they need to pursue waterfowl in Colorado before getting into the blind.  Review the requirements here.

When is the 2017 Kansas Big Game Season? Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Set Dates for 2017 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

When is the 2017 Kansas Big Game Season? Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Set Dates for 2017 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Commission has set the big game seasons for the coming fall and winter of 2017/2018.  Elk, Deer, and Antelope season dates have now been officially set and resident hunters can begin to plan their hunts.  Non-resident hunters can now begin to plan for which permits they will be applying for during the application process April 1-28. 

When Is The Colorado Big Game License and Preference Point Application Deadline?

When Is The Colorado Big Game License and Preference Point Application Deadline?

Colorado’s Big Game License Application for Limited Licenses is April 4th.  Hunters looking to either draw a limited license or build preference points must apply by either paper application or online prior to April 4th.  Remember that this is the last year for paper applications, and all applications for the 2018 draw must be submitted online. 

What Can Happen If My Hunting License Is Wrong? Colorado Hunting and Fishing Licenses Must Display Accurate Information

What Can Happen If My Hunting License Is Wrong? Colorado Hunting and Fishing Licenses Must Display Accurate Information

Colorado Hunting License Violations can be a serious matter even for what may seem a trivial piece of false or wrong information.  If you receive any kind of Colorado Hunting Licensing violation, you should consult with an attorney prior to pleading guilty and paying the fines, as you may have defenses or options to pursue.

Is Criminal Trespass a Felony?

Is Criminal Trespass a Felony?

Criminal Trespass in Colorado can be classified as a felony in Colorado under certain conditions, and those who spend time in the outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, or other recreational activities should be aware of the dangers of trespassing onto private land.

What Happens If I Pay A Hunting Violation In Colorado?

What Happens If I Pay A Hunting Violation In Colorado?

Hunters and anglers who receive wildlife violations in Colorado face the difficult choice of paying the fines and pleading guilty or going to court to fight the charges.  An attorney who specializes in helping hunters, guides, and outfitters with hunting and fishing violations in Colorado can help evaluate your case if you are facing criminal charges.

How Do Outfitters Hire Guides As Independent Contractors? Outfitter and Guide Employment Contract Requirements

Hunting and Fishing Outfitters like to hire independent contractors over employees for seasonal work, but if the contracts for those services fail to meet Department of Labor standards, the move could be more expensive than anticipated.