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What Are Colorado Hunting License Suspension Points: Losing Your Outdoor Privileges for Hunting and Fishing Violations

What Are Colorado Hunting License Suspension Points: Losing Your Outdoor Privileges for Hunting and Fishing Violations

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.

What Is The Fine For Trespassing In Colorado?

What Is The Fine For Trespassing In Colorado?

Trespassing in Colorado can carry hefty fines and possible license suspension for the hunter or fisherman who pleads guilty or pays the fine without consulting with an attorney.

Can You Hunt Big Game Such as Deer or Elk, Over Bait in Colorado?

Can You Hunt Big Game Such as Deer or Elk, Over Bait in Colorado?

Colorado does not allow the baiting of deer, elk, or other big game.  But what counts as baiting and does it only apply to hunters?

Can I Fight A Hunting Ticket?

Can I Fight A Hunting Ticket?

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. 

Can I Fight a Trespassing Ticket?

Can I Fight a Trespassing Ticket?

Fighting a trespassing ticket can seem like quite an undertaking, but consulting with an attorney is a great place to start to see what options you may have.

Is Wanton Waste of Game a Felony in Colorado?

Is Wanton Waste of Game a Felony in Colorado?

Hunters charged with either of Colorado's waste of game violations should consult with an attorney prior to pleading guilty to charges of this hunting violation.

Colorado Fishing Checkpoints To Be In Full Force This Summer

Colorado Parks and Wildlife often set up check stations in order to inspect fishermen in Colorado and their gear, vehicles, and landed fish.  These check points can be set up anywhere, but are most often situated on the roads leading out of popular fishing areas.  While the CPW wardens and officers conducting the check points do have a certain amount of authority, you still retain rights as an individual.

Colorado Revised Statutes 33-6-111 (2) states: The division is authorized to establish check stations, as needed, at locations within the state to aid in the management of wildlife and the enforcement of articles 1 to 6 [of the laws governing hunting and fishing in the state of Colorado]. Persons who encounter check stations, whether in possession of wildlife or not, shall stop and produce licenses issued by the division, firearms, and wildlife for inspection by division personnel. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars and an assessment of five license suspension points.

When you approach a check station after fishing, you are required to produce your fishing license and any fish you have in your possession.  If you fail to do so, or refuse to do so, you will receive the fines and suspension points as outlined in the statute.  However, officers of the division of Colorado Parks and Wildlife are limited in their power at check stations.  

C.R.S. 33-6-101(1) states that any CPW officer has the authority "to open, enter, and search all places of concealment where he or she has probable cause to believe wildlife held in violation" of the Colorado fishing regulations may be concealed.  This statute applies to both motor vehicles and vessels--Everything from a paddleboard or canoe to trucks, jeeps and RV's.  Once an officer has "probable cause" to believe that some evidence of a fishing violation may have been committed is concealed somewhere in your motor vehicle or vessel, they may search those motor vehicles or vessels.  Refusal to consent to a search is NOT probable cause to search.  You have every right to refuse a search of your motor vehicle or vessel.

If your vehicle or vessel was searched and evidence was found that allegedly indicated a fishing violation or other crime had occurred, you need to consult with an attorney before making any decisions.  The Law Office of Nathaniel Gilbert will take your call and provide a 100% free consultation so there is no downside to calling.   

 

Kansas Turkey Season Just Around The Corner

Hunters in Kansas are gearing up for what should be a stellar turkey season.  The bands of brutal thunderstorms that sweep across Kansas plains in the spring will hardly stop the most die-hard turkey hunters in pursuit of long beards and sharp spurs.  

Important tips to remember while in the field gunning for turkeys this spring:

  • Hunting on land posted as "Hunting by written permission only" or designated with purple paint without physical, written permission from the owner of the property in your possession at all times is Trespassing.  It truly does not matter how long you have known the owner, how many beers your grandpas had together, or even if you've been hunting there for years without a problem.  For turkeys in Kansas, trespassing while turkey hunting under this rule is a misdemeanor and punishable by at least a $500 fine.
  • Using any kind of spotlight while you, or another member of your party, is even in possession of a firearm is illegal.  There are exceptions for agricultural or livestock purposes, but try not to be holding your turkey calls and wearing full camouflage while checking cows.
  • Before transporting your downed bird, make sure to attach the tag to the turkey's leg as described in the regulations.  Failure to tag the bird before you move it can result in receiving a ticket.  Forget your pen? Forget a zip tie? 

As always, if you receive a ticket for unlawful hunting in Kansas, reach out to The Law Office of Nathaniel Gilbert for an absolutely free consultation to discuss your rights and any available options that you may have.  Just paying the fine and pleading guilty may come back to haunt you later down the road.  A Kansas hunting violation can have consequences that may affect next year's hunting seasons or your summer fishing plans.