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.
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.
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.
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.