Night Hunting in Colorado: Laws & Regulations

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There are numerous wildlife hunting regulations in Colorado that are quite strict.

So before you start a night hunting trip, it’s best to take a closer look at some of the most important ones.

Here, we’ll tell you about some of the most important ones.

General Night Hunting Laws

What are the requirements for night hunting in Colorado?

All hunters need to have a valid hunting license. In addition, all hunters born on or after January 1, 1949, need to pass a hunter education course approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and IHEA-USA. Hunter education certificates issued by other states, that meet the IHEA-USA requirements will be accepted in Colorado.

What are the hunting hours for big game in Colorado?

The hunting hours are between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. However, there may be specific restrictions for some wildlife.

Is night vision allowed for hunting in Colorado?

It is allowed with the right permissions. However, some invasive species like Eurasian collared-doves, European starlings, and house sparrows can be hunted by using night vision equipment without permission.

Are there any restrictions on hunting firearms?

The use of automatic rifles and smart rifles is prohibited. For semiautomatic rifles, a maximum number of six rounds is allowed, including the magazine and chamber. The use of any form of computer-assisted remote technology for hunting is illegal

For centerfire rifles, the minimum size of the cartridge should be .24 caliber. Also, the barrel length must be a minimum of 16 inches. Shotguns should be a minimum of 20 gauge or .615 in caliber. They should fire a single slug. The use of buckshot is prohibited.

Can a loaded firearm be carried in a vehicle in Colorado?

Carrying any rifle or shotgun in a vehicle with a round in the chamber is prohibited.

Coyote Hunting at Night

What type of license is needed for hunting coyotes in Colorado?

Coyotes are classified in the fur-bearing category so a “Furbearer Only” hunting license can be used. Other than that, you can also use a small game license.

Is there any bag limit on coyotes in Colorado?


Can I use night vision equipment for hunting coyotes?

Special permission is needed for using artificial light while hunting coyotes in any public land. Hunters in private lands can use artificial light at night without permission.

Also, the use of electronic night vision equipment or thermal imaging devices in public land is prohibited without the necessary permits.

Feral Hog Hunting at Night

Does night hunting of feral hogs require a license?

Feral hogs can be hunted without a license. But commercial hunting of hogs is prohibited.

Can I hunt feral hogs with night vision equipment in Colorado?

Yes. The use of artificial lights is also allowed.

Can feral hogs be hunted year-round?


Deer Hunting at night

Are special colors needed for hunting deer?

Yes. Hunters need to wear an outer garment having at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink material on it. A hat of the same color is also necessary.

Is the use of artificial light allowed for the night hunting of deer in Colorado?


Can I use calls while hunting deer?

The use of mechanical calls and mouth calls is allowed. But the use of electronic calls is prohibited.


So these are some of the main aspects of the hunting laws and regulations in Colorado?

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Kim Goodwin
About Kim Goodwin

Kim Goodwin holds a Master's in thermal engineering from the University of Rhode Island. At Thermo Gears, she reviews most equipment that uses thermal imaging technologies.