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Hunting

Waterfowl Seasons

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2021 - 2022 Information

NEW for 2021: The Northern Front Range Zone for goose has been eliminated. It has been combined with the rest of the Central Flyway Zone. The rest of the zones remain the same for goose and duck.

License and HIP Year

The annual license and Harvest on Program (HIP) year are the same, beginning on April 1 annually and concluding March 31 annually.

Small-game licenses​ are available from any sales agent, CPW office, online, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.

If you intend to hunt small game (including migratory birds) in Colorado, you need a new Harvest Information Program number. Register through ​the Harvest Information Program (HIP).​​ Note that live operator phone registrations at 1-866-COLO-HIP are no longer offered during the overnight hours from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The live operator system is also closed all day on major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). During these out-of-service periods, please call back during open service times (7 a.m.–10:30 p.m.), or go to the HIP website and register online, still available 24/7.

​​License Requirements

Hunters must have a small game license, youth small game or combination license, federal duck stamp and a Colorado Waterfowl Stamp​ to hunt waterfowl. ​​For more information on license requirements and waterfowl hunting, see the Small Game and Waterfowl Regulations Brochure​.

NOTE: The 2021-2022 Small Game and Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Brochure comes out in August annually. Season dates and fees are updated below at this time.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2021 - 2022​ Season Dates ​

​​Goose Seasons Regulations - Central Flyway
Regular Season
Dark Geese11/1/21 - 2/13/22

Areas: East of Continental Divide, except areas designated as part of special seasons below that include: Northern Front Range, North Park, South Park and San Luis Valley

Light Geese10/30/21 - 2/13/22
San Luis Valley Season
Dark Geese10/2/21 - 10/20/21

Areas: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla and Rio Grande counties, and the parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale, Mineral, Saguache and San Juan counties east of the Continental Divide

Light Geese10/30/21 - 2/13/22
South Park Season
Dark Geese10/2/21 - 1/14/22​Areas: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Teller counties
​Light Geese
10/30/21 - 2/13/22
North Park Season
Dark Geese10/2/21 - 1/14/22
Areas: Jackson County
Light Geese10/30/21 - 2/13/22
Light Goose Conservation Order Season*
*see Habitat Stamp information below
2/14/22 - 4/30/22
Areas: East of I-25
​Goose Season Regulations - Pacific Flyway
Early Canada Goose Season9/1/21 - 9/9/21
Areas: West of Continental Divide
Regular Season​​​ ​ ​
Western Zone ​
10/2/21 - 10/10/21;
11/6/21 - 1/31/22
Areas: West of Continental Divide not included in Eastern Zone
​Eastern Zone
10/2/21 - 1/5/22
​Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties, part of the Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west of Continental Divide, and part of Gunnison County except the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley (GMUs 521, 53 and 63) and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line (Elkhead Reservoir State Park).​
Duck & Coot Season Regulations - Central Flyway
Northeast Zone
10/9/21 - 11/28/21;
12/18/21 - 1/31/22
Areas: East of I-25 and north of I-70
Southeast Zone
10/28/21 - 1/31/22

Areas: East of I-25 and south of I-70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties

Mountain/Foothills Zone
10/2/21 - 11/28/21;
12/25/21 - 1/31/22
Areas: West of I-25 and east of Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and ​Las Animas counties
Duck & Coot Season Regulations - Pacific Flyway​​​​ ​ ​
Western Zone
10/2/21 - 10/19/21;
11/6/21 - 1/31/22
Areas: West of Continental Divide not included in the Eastern Zone
​​Eastern Zone
10/2/21 - 1/14/22
​Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle and Pitkincounties, part of the Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west of ContinentalDivide, and part of Gunnison County exceptthe North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley(GMUs 521, 53 and 63). and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line(Elkhead Reservoir State Park).​
​​​​September Teal ​Season

9/11/21 - 9/19/21
Areas: Lake and Chaffee counties and all areas east of I-25
Youth, Veteran & Active Military Hunt Regulations - Central Flyway
Northeast Zone10/2/21 - 10/3/21
Areas: East of I-25 and north of I-70
Southeast Zone10/23/21 - 10/24/21

Areas: East of I-25 and south of I-70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties

Mountain/Foothills Zone9/25/21 - 9/26/21
Areas: West of I-25 and east of the Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties
​​​​Youth, Veteran & Active Military Hunt Regulations - Pacific Flyway​
​​Western Zone
​10/23/21 - 10/24/21
​Areas: West of Continental Divide​ not included in the Eastern Zone
​​Eastern Zone
9/25/21 - 9/26/21
Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle andPitkin counties, part of the Saguache, SanJuan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west ofContinental Divide, and part of GunnisonCounty except the North Fork of the GunnisonRiver Valley (GMUs 521, 53 and 63), and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line (Elkhead Reservoir StatePark).

For bag limits, other special restrictions and more information, see the Small Game and Waterfowl Regulations Brochure​.