RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations are on sale now for the 2015-16 season at licensing agents, CPW offices and online at cpw.state.co.us/.
• Big Game: The big game application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 7. Check out cpw.state.co.us/ learn/Pages/PlanYourHunt.aspx to find all the resources CPW has to offer hunters to complete their applications now.
• Fishing: Anglers are reminded that they must purchase a 2015 fishing license in order to fish on or after April 1. A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Youth 15 and under are not required to purchase an annual license; however, if they plan to fish with a second line, they must buy a second-rod stamp for $5.
Resident senior annual licenses for those 64 or older cost just $1. A resident combination fishing-small game license is available for $41. A resident small-game license costs $21, but only $1.75 for those under 18.
Anglers should pick up a 2015 fishing brochure to check regulations and to see what’s new. You must know the regulations for the waters you are fishing. Brochures are available at license agents or any CPW office and online at bit.ly/coloradofishing.
• Habitat Stamp: License buyers between the ages of 18-64 also must buy a $10 Colorado Habitat Stamp. Money collected from stamp purchases is used to preserve and protect wildlife habitat throughout the state. Learn more at cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/HabitatStamp.aspx.
• Mountain lion: Mountain lion hunters also now have an extra month—through April— for hunting, but they must buy a new license for the season starting April 1. That license will be valid for all mountain lion seasons through March 31, 2016. Learn more at cpw.state.co.us/ thingstodo/Pages/MountainLion.aspx.
• Off-highway vehicle and boat registration: The annual registration fee is $25.25. Registrations are valid from April 1 through March 31 each year. This is a flat administrative transaction fee—it cannot be prorated for a partial year’s registration, and will not be subject to refund if the vehicle is sold or stolen. Learn more at cpw.state.co.us/buyapply /Pages/RegistrationsOHV.aspx.
Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Colorado on any public waters must be registered with the CPW. Fill out this boat registration form and return it to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife-Registration Unit, 13787 S Highway 85, Littleton, Colo., 80125 or stop in at any CPW location. CPW conducts mandatory boat inspections and decontaminations at 27 state parks and 58 other locations around the state. Information about the state’s extensive boat inspection program can be found online at cpw.state.co.us/ thingstodo/Pages/BoatInspection.aspx. Resources for boaters can be viewed at cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/ boat.aspx.
• Parks Passes: Now is also a good time to buy a Colorado State Parks pass. A pass, good for entry at 42 state parks, costs $70 and is good for a year from the date of purchase. Buy one at a Parks and Wildlife office or online at parksstore.state.co.us.
• Turkey: Turkey season starts April 13. A resident license is $21 and just $11 for anyone under 18. Over-the-counter licenses go on sale March 11. Go to bit.ly/coloradoturkey for details. Resources for turkey hunting are available at cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Turkey.aspx.
CPW is purely an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales and state parks fees to support operations, including 42 state parks covering more than 220,000 acres, big-game management, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW contributed more than $6 billion in total economic effect last year throughout Colorado.