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

Purchase License Online

Visit State DNR Website

*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

Elkhorn Ranch North Dakota

Hunting in the Shadow of Roosevelt

When I hunt in North Dakota, my thoughts often drift to Teddy Roosevelt’s days at Elkhorn Ranch — He named his Dakota home for a pair of locked elk skulls he found at the site. Today, centrally located within the million acres of the Little Missouri National Grasslands, Elkhorn is a great place to visit … Read more

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
Late Season Bobwhite

3000 Miles for One Bird

The sun is dipping into the horizon and the thermometer reads 19° when the dogs and I return to the truck after hunting the final day of upland season in Kansas. A quick check of the fitness band reveals I’ve hiked over 12 miles in eight inches of new snowfall. The dogs never stopped hunting … Read more

Brian Koch