Hunting Training, Seasons, and Permit in Colorado

If you are looking to hunt in Colorado or for hunter education classes, Bristlecone Shooting, Training and Retail Center can provide you with instruction, equipment, ammunition, and permitting information.

This month Bristlecone is offering a two-part hunter training class. The training covers information hunters must know to hunt in Colorado and helps them to qualify for a Colorado Hunter Education Certificate. Registration is through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department and it includes an internet classroom portion. To learn more, visit

In addition, here are dates to be aware in regard to big game hunting seasons within Colorado. Permitting fees vary; please check with the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department for specifics.

Muzzleloader (by draw only)

Deer/elk/moose, Sept. 10–18
Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140), Oct. 8–16​
Pronghorn, Sept. 21–29

Rifle Deer/Elk/Moose

Moose, Oct. 1–14
Separate limited elk (1st season), Oct. 15–19
Combined (deer/elk) (2nd season), Oct. 22–30
(3rd season), Nov. 5-13
Combined limited (deer/elk) (4th season), Nov. 16–20
Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140), Oct. 29–Nov. 8
Late plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140), Dec. 1–14
Rifle Pronghorn (by draw only)
Pronghorn, Oct. 1–7*

Black Bear

Rifle limited (by draw), Sept. 2–30
Archery (over-the-counter with caps), Sept. 2–30
Muzzle loading (over-the-counter with caps), Sept. 10–18
Rifle (over-the-counter with caps), concurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons

Bristlecone, an indoor shooting range located in Lakewood, Colo., offers its members and guests a wide variety of firearms training classes each month, including introduction classes, women’s only, concealed carry permit training, defensive shooting fundamentals, hunters’ education and more. To learn more about Bristlecone, or our membership services, range, or retail store visit or call 303-985-0989.