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Hunting in Colorado: 8 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 10:03 PM EDT

Through a program that partners landowners with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW), hunting in Colorado can take place on private property. Funded with revenues from the sale of hunting licenses, the Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) improves conditions for wildlife throughout the state. By working with landowners, the program sponsors efforts to preserve natural resources, many of which give hunters access to wildlife on private property.

Hunters in the state should investigate opportunities to benefit from programs and situations that have developed from the HPP. Several species are plentiful on private lands and hunting helps to keep the populations in check within each area of the state. Consider the following:

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1. The Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program (PHIP) falls under the HPP, and is a cooperative effort to assist landowners in developing suitable habitats to support ring-necked pheasants in the area. The CPW partnered with Pheasants Forever, Inc. and local enthusiasts to create pheasant-pleasing habitats throughout the state.

2. Many species of wildlife depend on reserves located on private lands. Many of the state’s mule deer reside on private land, as do elk, pronghorn, and various birds.

3. The state bird, the lark bunting, exists almost exclusively on private land.

4. Private lands on the West Slope provide shelter in the critical winter range that allows mule deer to survive the winters.

5. About one half of the state’s sage grouse depend on privately owned habitats.

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6. Colorado’s prairie chickens and ring-necked pheasants live in mass on private lands.

7. Hunters must abide by state laws while on the private properties, including having licenses, permits, and tags as needed.

8. Hunters must obey signs posted on the properties, which establish boundaries and rules for wildlife protection. Signs also designate entry and exit routes, open seasons, etc.

The management of these lands includes evaluation and administration of programs needed to protect Colorado’s water resources and wildlife. Many of these private properties offer expanded hunting seasons from those set for the publicly owned lands and bag limits can also differ. Check with your local CPW office for details.

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

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Through a program that partners landowners with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW), hunting in Colorado can take place on private property. Funded with revenues from the sale of hunting licenses, the Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) improves conditions.
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