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Colorado 2023-2024 Fishing Licenses Now Available

Colorado 2023-2024 Fishing Licenses Now Available

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers the 2023-2024 fishing season is officially here. The 2023-2024 fishing license is valid from March 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024. Regulations and pricing for annual, daily and multi-day fishing licenses can be found in the 2023 Colorado Fishing Brochure (Pesca en Colorado​ (En Español​​​​​​​). For individuals, […]

CPW Seeks Reps to Serve on Colorado Outdoor Partnership

CPW Seeks Reps to Serve on Colorado Outdoor Partnership

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is accepting membership applications to fill two sportsperson representative positions on the Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP). Interested individuals are invited to fill out an online membership application no later than Monday, March 13, 2023. The CO-OP is a collaborative of leaders that share the state-level vision that in 2050, Colorado’s […]

Application Period for Colorado Big Game Licenses Underway

Application Period for Colorado Big Game Licenses Underway

      DENVER – Hunters hoping to draw a big game license in Colorado in 2023 are urged to review the changes in license requirements and fees in the 2023 Colorado Big Game brochure prior to the March 1 opening of the primary draw application period (March 1 – April 4 at 8 p.m. […]

CPW Seeks Public Comment on Southeast Region Pronghorn Herd Management Plans

CPW Seeks Public Comment on Southeast Region Pronghorn Herd Management Plans

  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Public input is being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife about how it intends to manage 11 pronghorn herds across its Southeast Region over the next 10 years. CPW staff has spent months drafting proposed management plans for the pronghorn herds that extend from Leadville down the Arkansas River valley […]

CPW Avian Influenza Update

CPW Avian Influenza Update

Early Colorado Cases This strain of HPAI was first confirmed in wild geese in Northeast Colorado in March of 2022. From March through November 2022, HPAI mortalities were documented in a number of raptors, waterfowl, and vultures in numerous locations throughout the state. Most reports were of limited mortalities involving individual birds or small numbers […]

Keep Colorado Wild Pass Program Update

Keep Colorado Wild Pass Program Update

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are working to implement the Keep Colorado Wild Pass program starting January 2023. County Motor Vehicle Offices cannot opt out of the Parks Pass before a vehicle renewal because the customer has to opt in or out for the Keep […]

USDA Confirms Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Game Bird Operation In Prowers County

USDA Confirms Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Game Bird Operation In Prowers County

  Lamar, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) has confirmed the detection of Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in a commercial game bird operation in Prowers County. Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked […]

Lamar Archery Range in the Works for 2023

Lamar Archery Range in the Works for 2023

    The City of Lamar and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are working to establish a public archery range north of the Arkansas River and North Gateway Park.  Logan Wilkins, CPA District Wildlife Manager, informed the council during its November 28th meeting of plans to secure grants for the project as well as an outline […]

CPW Releases 30 Black-footed Ferrets on the Eastern Plains

CPW Releases 30 Black-footed Ferrets on the Eastern Plains

  CPW released 30 black-footed ferrets this week on a prairie dog colony near Lamar.   LAMAR, Colo. (KRDO) — This week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) released 30 new, federally threatened black-footed ferrets on a prairie dog colony near the Town of Lamar. According to CPW, the black-footed ferret is one of the rarest […]

Deer Hunters May Receive Notice to Participate in CWD Survey

Deer Hunters May Receive Notice to Participate in CWD Survey

      Credit Wayne D. Lewis/CPW   DENVER –  Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected specific deer hunts for mandatory chronic wasting disease testing in 2022 to inform how and where to fight the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. Beginning in early October, CPW will be sending letters to Colorado rifle season deer hunters […]

Drownings are Increasing in Colorado

Drownings are Increasing in Colorado

DENVER – Three recent drownings pushed the number of water recreation-related fatalities in Colorado to 36, including 34 confirmed recreation-related drownings, making 2022 the deadliest year ever across city, county and state rivers, lakes and reservoirs. The record was set after a double drowning Sept. 9 at Dillon Reservoir and a third drowning Sept. 11 […]

Career CPW Officer Devoted Life to Working for Colorado’s Wildlife, Outdoor Enthusiasts

Career CPW Officer Devoted Life to Working for Colorado’s Wildlife, Outdoor Enthusiasts

  LA JUNTA, Colo. – As a temporary employee at a federal wildlife office in Fort Collins some 40 years ago, Steve Keefer shared in the excitement of the discovery of a colony of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming. The black-footed ferret had been feared extinct for years in North America and the discovery ignited a […]

CPW Awards Grant for Bent County Trap Club

CPW Awards Grant for Bent County Trap Club

  Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $909,987 to eight shooting range projects across Colorado through the agency’s Shooting Range Development Program (SRDG). The funds will go toward developing new shooting ranges and upgrading existing ranges. SRDG supports the establishment, improvement and expansion of safe shooting facilities in Colorado and is one of the largest […]

Military and Veterans get Free Entry into Colorado State Parks in August

Military and Veterans get Free Entry into Colorado State Parks in August

  As a thank you to U.S. military members, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers active duty military, veterans and the National Guard free admission to all state parks for the month of August. Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of […]

Water Levels Decline at John Martin Reservoir

Water Levels Decline at John Martin Reservoir

CPW Facebook Posting on John Martin Dam Water Levels As our water level continues to get lower, our courtesy dock on the east boat ramp has reached the end of the cable and anchors holding it in place. Starting on July 25th, the dock will be removed from the water and the ramp will only […]