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Colorado Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 1 – 
January 31, 2018

Colorado Bird Hunting


Resident License Fees:
1-Day $11

Non-Resident License Fees:
1-Day $11 

Special Permits:
Prairie Chicken Permit $5

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*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
Ring-Necked Pheasant

Colorado Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

East of I-25: November 11 – January 31, 2018

West of I-25: November 11 – January 7, 2018

Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession

Bobwhite Quail

Colorado Bobwhite Quail Season

November 11 – January 7, 2018 or November 11 – January 31, 2018 depending on area

Limits: 8 per day, 24 possession

Scaled Quail

Colorado Scaled Quail Season

November 11 – January 7, 2018 or November 11 – January 31, 2018 depending on area

Limits: 8 per day, 24 possession

Gambel's Quail

Colorado Gambel’s Quail Season

November 11 – January 7, 2018 or November 11 – January 31, 2018 depending on area

Limits: 8 per day, 24 possession

Blue Grouse

Colorado Blue Grouse Season

September 1 – November 19, 2017

 Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession

*west of I-25 only

Sharptail Grouse

Colorado Sharp-Tailed Grouse Season

September 1 – September 17, 2017

Limits: 2 per day, 4 possession

*in specific areas
*Columbian Sharp-Tailed subspecies

Sage Grouse

Colorado Sage Grouse Season

September 9 – September 10, 2017 or September 9 – September 15, 2017 depending on area

Limits: 2 per day, 2-4 possession dependin on area

*Gunnison sub-species closed


Colorado Chukar Season

September 1 – November 30, 2017

Limits: 4 per day, 12 possession

White-Tailed Ptarmigan

Colorado White-Tailed Ptarmigan Season

September 9 – October 1, 2017 or September 9 – November 19, 2017 depending on area

Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession

Prairie Chicken

Colorado Prairie Chicken Season

October 1 – January 7, 2018 

Limits: 2 per season 

*in select areas only

Dad with Rooster

Making Kansas Memories

Opening day in Kansas occupies a sacred  place for me since this is the territory  where my upland obsession really took hold years ago. The bulk of the state has a dismal bird forecast like much of the rest of the Midwest this year. There are some bright spots which have been deemed the north … Read more

Brian Koch
Winter Bird Hunting

Hunting the Polar Vortex

The first half of the 2014 Upland Season is over and it’s been a whirlwind of travel all across the country. But this last trip to South Dakota hunting in brutally cold conditions was a great reminder that some of the best memories afield come from facing adversity and overcoming.

Brian Koch
Kansas Sunset

Kansas Bird Hunting in Perspective

I make the annual pilgrimage to Kansas to reunite with old friends and family.  It reminds me of where my passion for bird hunting was first kindled.  Because this year was no exception to the rule, Kansas seemed like the right place to bring together our young Jornada Llewellin Rio with our veteran flusher Wyatt … Read more

Brian Koch