Colorado Mountain Man


Jun 04,2016

After hunting in Colorado, I doubt that I will hunt in another state, unless I get lucky enough to hunt the Grizzly in Alaska. A Hunter Safety card is required for everyone who hunts in Colorado, unless you were born before 1 January 1949. Parks and Wildlife accept all the state Hunter Education cards to hunt here as long as they can be verified. The course in Colorado is $10.00 and well worth it. To attend a Hunter Safety course visit: Safety Course

Education helps prevent hunting accidents in the field. You will learn safe and responsible handling of a firearm, firearm safety in and out of a vehicle and at home. The course also covers the firearm regulations and wildlife laws. During the course, you will have to shoot 10 rounds from a .22 caliber bolt action rifle to show you can safely handle a firearm. Ethical hunting behavior, wildlife identification, game care and outdoor survival are also taught in the course. Introductions to bows and black powder firearms are included. At the end of the course, you are required to pass an exam to receive a Hunter Safety card. The 10 Commandments of shooting can be found at: 10 Commandments of shooting

Before you get out and hunt, you need to fire your rifle and be familiar with it. My rifle is ranged for 300 yards. A lot of the big game in Colorado is harvested at a long distance. Finding a place to shoot in Colorado can be difficult. The National Forest is where I like to go. Make your own target and have a background that will be safe. DO NOT use a tree for your backstop. A website that I found provides several places to fire your rifle: Visit Places for shooting

Hunters from around the nation come to Colorado to hunt big game, especially Elk. Colorado has an estimated population of 300,000, the largest population in the states. Other species include the Mule Deer, White-tailed Deer, Pronghorn, Shiras Moose, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats and of course the Black Bear.The population of Black Bears is estimated to be around 8,000 to 12,000 bears. There are NO Grizzly Bears in Colorado. The last Grizzly was shot in the San Juan Mountains in 1979. A great book to read about the Colorado Grizzly is "Ghost Grizzlies" by David Peterson.Colorado's hunting regulations can be found at Hunting Regulations

Every year, new hunting brochures are produced, which seem to confuse hunters on the regulations and seasons. The best way to understand them is to read the brochure from front to back. Most hunters don't. I always say, when in doubt, read the directions. Game identification is very important when you are hunting. Every year, someone will harvest a Moose, thinking they shot an Elk. Believe it or not, it is true. Elk and Moose are a complete different species and are not the same color, size and don't have the same antler growth. There is no excuse to harvest the wrong species. Every hunter should study and know the species they are hunting.Small Game and Waterfowl are abundant in Colorado. Brochures are available at Parks and Wildlife on each and they can also be found at a sporting retail store that sells hunting and fishing licenses.

Colorado Mountain Man