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.
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.
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.