Colorado Archery Season

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Colorado archery season offers hunters a premium destination for big game. The Centennial State has seasons for black bears, pronghorns, deer, and mountain lions, and it’s a great choice for your next hunting trip. 

The game choices are outstanding, and the scenery is breathtaking. The Colorado river and mountain range have some of the most scenic backdrops you’ll witness on any hunting trip.

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Colorado (CO) Archery Season, 2022-2023

You can expect a truly memorable hunting trip in Colorado. The state’s annual big game hunting seasons occur during the same time frame, with dates of specific seasons differing slightly each year.

When does Archery Season Start in CO?

Colorado Elk Seasons

  • Archery September 2-30

Colorado Deer Seasons

  • Archery September 2-30

Colorado Plains Deer Seasons

  • Archery season (2022) October 1–28, November 9–30, and December 15–31

Colorado Pronghorn Seasons


  • Bucks Only August 15-31

  • Bucks and Does September 1-20

The deer population in Colorado is divided into two groups. Species east of I-25, known as “plains” or “grassland” deer. Hunters have a choice of three archery seasons throughout the year, with options in fall and winter.

Colorado Moose Seasons

  • Archery September 10-30

Moose permits cost $2,000 for non-residents, making this big game species the most expensive hunting option in the state. Participants may take one bull moose, and it’s a lifetime bag limit. Every moose hunter must file their report with the CPW by the end of the season.

Colorado Bear Seasons

  • Archery September 2-30

  • Private land September 2-27

The state uses big game draws for allocating black bear permits. These licenses are available over the counter from late August. The CPW office must inspect any hunted moose or black bear.

Colorado Turkey Seasons

  • Fall September 1-October 28

  • Late Season December 15-January 15

*Season dates vary by region.

Colorado Small Game Seasons

  • Abert’s Squirrel November 15-January 15

  • Beaver October 1-April 30

  • Bobcat December 1-February 28

  • Common Snapping Turtle April 1-October 31

  • Rabbit October 1-February 28

  • Coyote Open season

  • Fox and Pine Squirrel October 1-February 28

  • Marmot August 10-October 15

  • Prairie Dogs June 15-February 28

  • Prairie Rattlesnake June 15-August 15

  • Wyoming Ground Squirrel Open season

What are the legal hunting hours in Colorado?

Unless specifically restricted, hunting hours are between 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Hunting Licenses and Permits in CO

You can purchase your hunting license directly from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Colorado Resident

A resident must have lived in Colorado for at least six months to qualify for a resident hunting permit. Active-duty military personnel and non-resident students residing in Colorado and attending an educational institution are considered residents.

Residents aged 18 to 64 must buy a Habitat Stamp to qualify to apply for or buy a hunting license. Hunters need only one stamp per license per year.


Non-residents must purchase a non-resident hunting license. Additional permits and licenses may be required. Non-residents aged 18 to 64 must purchase their Habitat Stamp to qualify to buy or apply for a hunting license.

Youth Hunting License

Colorado residents and non-residents under 18 may purchase youth small game licenses and youth big game licenses.

Disability License

Residents with mobility impairments can apply for the Mobility-Impaired Hunting License.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military personnel permanently stationed in the state can purchase a resident hunting license. Resident veterans with a 60% service-connected disability qualify for a lifetime fishing and small game license.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

Hunters aged 16 or older must buy a Federal Duck Stamp and Colorado Waterfowl Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl.

License Expiration

Hunting licenses for small game are valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Big game hunting licenses expire on the date printed on the permit.

Check out our guide 30+ Hunting Rules to Keep You Safe while bowhunting in the wild.

This article is written by:

Gregory Johnson

Gregory Johnson

With almost 20 years of archery experience under his belt, Gregory founded the Complete Guide to Archery website in 2017. His purpose has been to spread knowledge about the hobby and sport to anyone willing to learn.
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