Predator Hunting Rules in Colorado

by Zach Lazzari
Hunting predators requires stalking and calling skills.

Hunting predators requires stalking and calling skills.

Predator hunting requires advanced calling, stalking and tracking skills. Colorado hunters can target coyotes, mountain lions and bears in different seasons. The regulations vary by hunting unit and strict regulations apply. (Hunting unit boundaries appear on Division of Wildlife maps.) Hunters may go after predators as trophies or to protect livestock and land. The method of take is limited and all hunters must be prepared to communicate with wildlife officers.


Bear hunting in Colorado is a fall sport. Hunters cannot use baits to attract bears and all hunters must have a bear license and two habitat stamps, which are purchased with the license. Hunters must apply for licenses, although over-the-counter licensing is available in some units. Successful hunters are asked to voluntarily submit information about the hunt and the bear to the nearest regional wildlife office. Also, hunters are required to attach a tag to each animal immediately after it has expired.

Mountain Lions

Hunters must attend a mountain lion education course and receive a certificate before they are eligible for this license. Licenses are limited and hunters must apply for the specific unit in which they will target the animals. Units will close when their quotas have been reached, but hunters are allowed to move to a unit that has not reached its quota. Hunters must purchase two habitat stamps, carry a license, tag the animal immediately after it is recovered and transport the animal to a wildlife office for inspection. The wildlife office will also request permission for tooth collection to determine the age and health of the animal.

Coyote and Bobcat

Coyote hunting in Colorado can be pursued year-round and there is not a limit. Bobcat season is from December first to the last day in February and there is not an official limit, but one may be applied if the number of kills is high. Trapping is permitted with a special license but hunters may also use rifles and archery.

About the Author

Zach Lazzari is a freelance outdoor writer specializing in hunting, fly fishing and the general outdoors. He guided fly fishing trips for 10 years in Colorado, Alaska, Montana and Patagonia-Chile. Zach lives in Montana and splits time between the river and keyboard.

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