Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say lingering effects of a two-year drought have significantly affected pheasant populations across eastern Colorado, setting up challenging conditions for upland bird hunters who take to the field.
“Location will be very critical to hunting success again this year,” said Ed Gorman, small game manager for CPW. While drought was severe across most of the core range, there are very small, distinct areas which received precipitation at a critical time. Generally speaking, across the range, nesting cover and brood habitat were severely limiting in 2013. Focus on areas that provided brood habitat.”
Read the entire 2013 pheasant and quail forecast , which includes breakdowns by region, and, new this year, a frequently asked questions section.
Also, check out one man’s experiences with Colorado pheasant hunting within the article titled “Colorado’s Pheasant Hunting Season Nears,” a part of Colorado Outdoor’s Magazine online.
East of I-25, Colorado's pheasant season runs November 9 through January 31, 2014. West of I-25, the season closes January 5. For complete details, see the 2013-2014 season dates and fees page.
Within the interactive version of the small game regulations brochure, hunters will find license requirements, fee information, hunting hours and important terms, season dates, bag limits, hunting laws, methods of take, land use rules, a map of game management units and informational videos.
Late Cropland Atlas Published
Supplement to main Walk-in Atlas Program's Atlas
The Walk-in Atlas (WIA) Program's interactive 2013 Late Cropland supplemental atlas
is now available. It contains new maps (for properties that were not available when the 2012 Walk-In Atlas was published in August) and maps that were in the 2012 Walk-In Atlas but have since been updated. The maps in this brochure include all huntable properties in that region.
The interactive 2013 Walk-In Atlas highlights private property that is open to the public for hunting small game, furbearers, migratory game birds and Eurasian collared-doves.
To see the entire suite of WIA properties available, a hunter must reference both the 2013 Walk-In Atlas and the 2013 Late Cropland supplement.
About the Program
The Walk-In Access program helps hunters find good places to hunt by easing the task of acquiring permission to hunt private land.
To maximize opportunity and convenience, Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets a diverse mix of properties, including those that offer pheasant, scaled quail, dove, cottontail rabbit and waterfowl hunting.
The WIA program is free for hunters, and these lands are open for public walk-in hunting. Please remember they are privately owned properties. Respect the landowner, respect the land.
Map Apps for the Field
WIA maps are now built with embedded coordinates so it’s easier to locate a field when you’re in the field. Hunters can download GeoPDF maps, browse the fields and bring up coordinates on their home computer. Hunters can also download apps from the Apple iPhone app store that access latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in the maps.
To learn more about the program and access the maps, go to the Walk-in Atlas Program page.