Duck Hunting in Colorado

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  • B
  • 104,800

    Duck Statewide Harvest

  • 112,300

    Goose Statewide Harvest

  • 20,900

    No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually

  • 8.1

    Ducks Per Hunter

  • 7.7

    Geese Per Hunter

  • $21

    Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $10

    Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

  • $56

    Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $10

    Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

Duck Hunting Nation Knowledge

OK, so Colorado doesn’t come to mind as your top waterfowling destination. But it’s a seriously good place to hunt ducks in the classic Western styles. More on that later, because we need to start somewhere else: geese.

Here’s the rare state where hunters shoot more honkers (and white geese) than ducks most years. That’s a rarity and a testament to the ever-improving Canada goose habitat along the Front Range. With plenty of water, grass and grain fields, geese are doing fine here — and so are hunters.

That’s not to put the duck hunting in a complete back seat. For a state known more for its mountains than marshes, you can find some excellent duck hunting. Colorado seems to be a great “late” state, especially along the state’s big river corridors in the eastern half (the Platte, Republican and Arkansas and their tributaries) for big greenheads.

The South Platte River drainage — which features many ponds, sloughs and small lakes — has become a popular region among Colorado’s waterfowlers. The area has dozens of good public hunting opportunities and can hold an exceptional number of migrating ducks.

Other locations where limits of ducks can be found, and that have an ample supply of public ground and far less hunting pressure, include the Arkansas River drainage in the southeast and the Inter-Mountain region of South Park and the San Luis Valley.

Colorado publishes an information-packed online Waterfowl Hunting Resource Guide that tells you everything you need to know about duck and goose hunting in the state. Of all the state game department websites, Colorado also has the best duck hunting web page by far.

— Compiled and written by Tom Carpenter

 

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