• Trophy Trout of Cheesman Canyon

    Each year, CPW conducts fishery surveys of our rivers and reservoirs. The periodic monitoring collects and records the biological data needed to guide fishery management in Colorado. (Video)

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  • Bull Moose

    Video: Colorado Moose Management

    Thanks to successful reintroduction and management by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado’s moose are now one of the fastest-growing herds in the lower 48 states.

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  • Raising Colorado’s Brown Trout – North Delaney Butte Lake

    Despite Colorado’s abundant fish populations, most fish cannot successfully reproduce in the wild. And, of those species that are able to reproduce naturally, recruitment (the number of juvenile fish that actually survive to be added to a population) is often too low to support a fishable population. To ensure that there are enough fish to stock every year, CPW sets up spawn-collection sites at lakes and reservoirs across the state.

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  • CPW Focuses on Boreal Toad Survival

    In mid-September Biologist Dan Cammack walked slowly along the edge of a boggy pond in the San Juan Mountains high above the San Luis Valley and peered into the mud and black water looking for a camouflaged critter the size of a dime.

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  • Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsperson: All-day Upland Adventure

    Halfway across the field, I heard Natalie say “chukar!” I looked at her, puzzled.“What?” I asked.“Chukar,” she said, pointing to the ground in front of her.

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  • Chasing Colorado’s Cottontails

    For anyone interested in becoming a hunter, or interested in mentoring a friend or family member, small game hunting is a very logical entry point – and cottontail rabbits are a particularly good place to start.

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  • 2019 Colorado Pheasant & Quail Hunting Forecast

    Colorado’s pheasant and quail seasons open statewide Nov. 9, 2019. Pheasant hunters can expect improved bird populations over last season. Big-game hunters can also enjoy some additional access this year on Colorado’s popular Walk-In-Access (WIA) program. Watch the video for further details.

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  • Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsperson: My first dove hunt

    My first dove-hunting trip as a member of the CPW Rookie Sportsperson Program (RSP) had nearly everything I could want in an outdoors weekend.

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  • Colorado Waterfowl Hunting Forecast

    Despite drier conditions across most of the state as we head into the fall, Colorado hunters should be able to find good waterfowl hunting opportunities during the 2019-2020 seasons.

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  • The Pronghorn Rut

    When most think of the rut in Colorado, their minds picture bugling, battling, big-boy bull elk; mule deer bucks locking antlers in Greco-Romanesque scuffles; whitetail bucks laser focused on tending to their does; and the NFL-helmet-on-helmet-like crash of bighorn rams. What few picture is the equally impressive battles and behaviors that take place during the pronghorn rut.

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Hunting

2019 Colorado Pheasant & Quail Hunting Forecast

Colorado’s pheasant and quail seasons open statewide Nov. 9, 2019. Pheasant hunters can expect improved bird populations over last season. Big-game hunters can also enjoy some additional access this year on Colorado’s popular Walk-In-Access (WIA) program. Watch the video for further details.

Fishing

Raising Colorado’s Brown Trout – North Delaney Butte Lake

Despite Colorado’s abundant fish populations, most fish cannot successfully reproduce in the wild. And, of those species that are able to reproduce naturally, recruitment (the number of juvenile fish that actually survive to be added to a population) is often too low to support a fishable population. To ensure that there are enough fish to stock every year, CPW sets up spawn-collection sites at lakes and reservoirs across the state.

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