Colorado loves hunting season. So do many individuals in neighboring states who are happy to pay top dollar for an out-of-state hunting license in the Centennial State.

Did you know there are a handful of animals you are allowed to hunt year-round in Colorado? Find out which animals it's ok to hunt during any season and some important reminders you'll want to know before you go out after them.

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Colorado Wildlife Management

It's important to remember that licenses and permits are still mandatory for all hunting in Colorado, even for the animals on the list of year-round species. Note that some areas in the state may have closures or regulations that apply. Colorado expects all hunters to abide by ethical hunting standards, even for non-game animals.

How To Purchase A Hunting License In Colorado

It's easy to purchase a hunting license in the state of Colorado. You can buy them in person from hundreds of retailers or a CPW location. A license can be purchased over the phone by dialing 1-800-244-5613, or it can be purchased online. Several are also available via the MyColorado app, the state's official hunting app.

What Animals Can You Hunt Year-Round In Colorado?

Hunting season for the following animals is designated as "year-round" in Colorado. Animals designated as invasive species may not require a license.

European Starling

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The European Starling is designated as an invasive species in Colorado and can be hunted year-round in the Centennial State. A license is not required to hunt for this bird.

House Sparrow

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The House Sparrow can be hunted year-round throughout the state of Colorado. This bird is not an invasive species, so you will need to pay for a license to hunt them.

Eurasian Collard Dove

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The Eurasian Collard Dove is another invasive species you can hunt year-round without paying for a license in Colorado. See the Small Game and Waterfowl Brochure for additional instructions from CPW.

Wyoming Ground Squirrel

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The Wyoming Ground Squirrel, also known as Richardson's Ground Squirrel, can be hunted year-round in Colorado. A hunting license is required for this small game animal.

Prairie Dog

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Blacktail, Whitetail, and Gunnison's Prarie Dogs can all be hunted year-round in Colorado on private land. A hunting license is required. Prarie Dog season on public lands in Colorado is from June to February.

Coyote

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Coyote hunting is allowed year-round and state-wide in Colorado, but you are required to hold a furbearer license, small game license, or unfilled big game license for the same season and unit.

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