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Hunting in Colorado: 5 Types of Animals To Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 09:03 PM

Autumn offers an exciting array of opportunities for hunters in Colorado, including the big game animals that provide food and trophies. Prepare for fall outings during the summer: purchase licenses and permits, research hunting spots in your area, and reserve camp spots well in advance. Among the fall game are mammals and birds that attract droves of hunters, so prepare to share the land and enjoy the outing, regardless of your hunting successes.

The fall months in Colorado are generally unpredictable in regard to weather, and hunting in Colorado could involve days with hot temperatures or more frigid thermometer readings. The higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains, including several great hunt sites, post the coolest temperatures, but most of the time the conditions are quite comfortable for this challenging activity. Hunters should also be prepared for precipitation at any time and bring gear for rain and snow, as it’s not unusual to see the first snow fall in September.


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Among the legal pursuits for game in the fall are these 10 animals:
  1. Black Bears - They are Colorado’s largest carnivores. Despite their name, black bears can be black, honey, brown, cinnamon or blond. Adult males weigh up to 450 pounds, females somewhat less. They can be as tall as five feet when standing on hind legs, and live in areas where Gambel oak, aspen, and wild berries are plentiful.
  2.  Deer Elk, Moose, and Pronghorns (hoofed animals) - These three animals are popular quests for anyone hunting in Colorado. Several species are abundant throughout the state, and many can be found near suburban areas, as well as deep in the forest. They feed on woody vegetation, crops, and grass.
  3. Pigeons and Doves - Various species are approved from September to November, and although they seem to prefer certain areas, these birds are migratory. Large populations can be found in Colorado, beginning in August, and most seasons range from September through November in the state. They feed on berries, nuts, and flowers.
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  5. Turkeys -They are legal game in September and October. Colorado is home to two subspecies, the Merriam’s, which is found on the western slope; and the Rio Grande, which is found on the front-range.
  6. Ducks, Geese and Grouse - These three species can be hunted between October and December. These birds can become a menace to golf course owners and private property managers. Some are migratory, but some live in Colorado year-round. They can be found near lakes, rivers, and marshes.
Check the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife website for more details on the fall hunting season. Specific designations apply for bow hunters, muzzle loaders, and riflemen. Season dates can also vary by license types and hunt locations.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Autumn offers an exciting array of opportunities for hunters in Colorado, including the big game animals that provide food and trophies. Prepare for fall outings during the summer: purchase licenses and permits, research hunting spots in your area, and reserve camp spots.
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