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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

Montana Bird Hunting

Kicking Off the 2013 Upland Season in Montana

When you are about to drive 1500 miles to hunt birds, the last thing you want to do is forget something. Rural Montana isn’t the easiest place to find gear that you left behind. Because it’s the first hunt of the year, I try and pack over the course of a couple weeks. Sounds crazy, … Read more

Brian Koch
Lab with Ptarmigan

Whitetailed Demons

Something is wrong with me. Any other sane bird hunter would have packed up and moved to the interior where the bird numbers and density are greater. But I’m entrenched in the Kenai and I can’t get away from it. I’ve shot a Whitetailed Ptarmigan already. I’ve seen where they live. I know their confounding … Read more

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Drought Image

Upland Birds Seeing Red

The US Drought Monitor Map gives a pretty depressing view for more than half the country. There is a distinct yellow to deep red tone painting most of the areas west of the Mississippi and south of the Oregon Trail. The Drought Monitor uses a number of factors – soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation and more … Read more

Brian Koch