Yes and no. Technically, guides do not need licenses in Colorado to provide guiding services for fishing and hunting trips. However, unlicensed guides must be employed or contracted by licensed outfitters. Outfitters must be licensed in Colorado if they are providing outfitting services on land that they do not personally own. So really, yes, there must be a license involved somewhere in order to guide in Colorado.
Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) Title 33 states the penalty for being in unlawful possession of fish as $35 in fines and 5 license suspension points for the first fish. However, for each additional fish, the fine is $10 and 1 license suspension point. An individual unlawfully in possession of 5 fish, for example, would be fined $75 and be given 9 license suspension points.
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.
Colorado Fishing regulations define the daily possession limit for each species of fish that may be taken in the state. Those daily possession limits, and when the fish counts toward your possession limit, must be observed by anglers or they face receiving a Colorado Fishing violation that may end up with costly consequences.
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.
Landlords who perform their own evictions may run into more problems than they anticipate regarding a notice of eviction. Colorado laws regarding the written demand for possession are strict, and must be strictly complied with or the eviction case may be dismissed.
Colorado hunters and fishermen who receive hunting violations may face suspension of the hunting and fishing license for the foreseeable future. Addressing the ticket immediately before receiving another violation down the road is absolutely crucial for your best chance at retaining your outdoor privileges.
The decision to fight your hunting violation is a big one and shouldn't be taken lightly. Whether it is one small charge, or multiple charges with thousands of dollars in fines and multiple points assessed, you should consider consulting with an attorney about your rights and what possible defenses may be available to you.