If you are planning on going predator hunting in Colorado, then there are a few things that you will need to be aware of. First of all, predator hunting requires experience – you’ll need to have advanced calling, stalking and tracking abilities. Secondly, you’ll need to be familiar with Colorado’s regulations in regards to predator hunting. You can hunt coyotes, mountain lions and bears during their respective hunting seasons and within certain boundaries – which are distinguished on Division of Wildlife maps – but there are a lot of strict rules in regards to how you can hunt them. The following are Colorado’s regulations concerning the hunting of bears, mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats:
The following are the rules you need to abide by when hunting bears:
- Bear hunting is only in season during the fall.
- You are not allowed to attract bears using bait.
- You must have a bear license along with two habitat stamps – which are bought along with the license – to be able to legally hunt bears. You will need to apply for the license.
- If you’ve had a successful hunt, you’ll be asked to submit information about the hunt and the bear you killed to the nearest regional wildlife office.
- You must attach a tag to each bear as soon as it has expired.
Hunting Mountain Lions
The following are the rules in regards to hunting mountain lions:
- In order to be eligible for a mountain lion hunting license, you must have a certificate that can only be acquired by taking a mountain lion education course.
- You have to apply for a specific unit in which you plan on hunting mountain lions. There are a limited number of licenses available, which means that the units will close once their quotas have been reached.
- As with bear hunting, you must carry a license with two habitat stamps while hunting and you must tag a mountain lion as soon as it has expired.
- Once you’ve recovered a mountain lion, you must transport it to a wildlife office for inspection. The wildlife office will ask permission to take one of the mountain lion’s teeth in order to determine what its age and health were.
Hunting Coyotes and Bobcats
If you plan on hunting either coyotes or bobcats, you will want to keep the following in mind:
- The coyote and bobcat hunting is allowed all year round.
- There is no limit to the number of bobcats or coyotes that you are allowed to hunt. However, a limit may be applied if the number of kills is high.
- You will need to apply for a special license in order to be able to trap.
Keep in mind that predator hunting is not for beginners – only experienced hunters should attempt to hunt bears, mountain lions, coyotes or bobcats. These can be dangerous animals, after all. Colorado’s list of regulations concerning predator hunting is meant to control the amount of hunting of these animals as well as to help reduce the risk of danger.