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#11 Old Crow

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 12:12 AM

5280 Magazine's article on this issue


Also- This Colorado State Wildlife Area FAQs pdf provides some additional info. It includes this paragraph...


"Here are the current 2020 prices of resident licenses that are most cost-effective: Adult fishing, $35.17; small game, $30.11; combo small-game and fishing, $50.37. Senior fishing is $9.85. A person 18 years of age and older and under 65 years of age will also need a Habitat Stamp when applying for or purchasing a hunting or fishing license. No Habitat Stamp is required for applying for or purchasing a person’s first two one-day hunting or fishing licenses. The 2020 charge for a Habitat stamp is $10.13. That is a one-time charge in a 12-month period, so that is not charged on the purchase of another license(s)."



I then went to this Colorado Parks and Wildlife site for more info on fishing licenses and non-resident costs.


The $35.17 adult-annual fishing license is $97.97 for non-residents.


In addition to the adult-annual cost, those age 18-64 must also pay an additional $10.13 for a Habitat Stamp (for the first license purchase of the year). 


The $9.85 Senior annual fishing license is not available to non-residents. There's no such thing as a Senior Non-Resident annual fishing license.


There are one-day and five-day licenses available to non-residents.  The one-day is $16.94 and five-day is $32.14.  (Note- no Habitat Stamp is required on the first two purchases of a one-day license in any one year.  Presumably, those 18-64 would have to pay the $10.13 for a Habitat Stamp on top of the cost for the five-day license.)


Please note that these are costs for each individual in your party over the age of 18.  (And if anyone under 18 plans to fish or hunt, they need a license)


The fine for being caught without a fishing or hunting license is $140 and five license suspension points (per person).


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#12 Happyjax


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 12:27 AM

Guess Colorado doesn't get my business.....$97 for someone who has no interest in hunting or fishing and would likely only stay a week or so.... Got my senior national Park Pass. Works for me....

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 01:28 AM

To expand on Rando's "federal annual pass" idea, I'd like to see a federal fishing license. I hate having to buy a fishing license from every state I visit on long trips. Or maybe a reciprocity agreement between some states, not unlike carry permits for handguns.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 05:15 PM

That would be nice, but the revenue and expenditures isn't consistent across states, so it makes it hard to determine where the money would be allocated and what federal agency would administer the program.


One license that was good in all 50 states would likely cost hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars as the expenditure would increase significantly just to run the program.  Then, the different "tags" that are available in differing states would be a logistical nightmare.  I'm sure those that wanted to hunt big horn sheep one week a year, as an example, would impact different resources than someone that spent every afternoon shooting quail.  I've only lived in a couple different states, but the game was different and so were the resources.  Then of course you have the issue of federalism.


It's very different than a national park fee, for a "national" park.  It's even very different than a state park fee since most park fees are relatively consistent; without add-ons for fish type, small game, furbearers, large game animals and upland game; each with a separate tag fee.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 06:16 PM

You’ll Now Need a Hunting or Fishing License to Access State Wildlife Areas
Starting July 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is requiring visitors to Colorado’s State Wildlife Areas to carry a valid hunting or fishing license—even if they're not hunters or anglers. We explain why.


What kind of activities were you doing on these lands?  I frequent both State and Federal Wildlife areas in California.  They may have some differences in their regulations as well as their land management goals.  All seem to require a day pass to enter for any reason.  At least a few have portions of their area strictly for wildlife viewing, other areas strictly for hunting only, and other areas closed to any human use.  Having non-hunters in the hunting areas may be counter to their area management goals.  Also, there has been instances of anti-hunters entering the properties with the sole purpose to disrupt legitimate hunting.  I'm pretty certain the state areas with dedicated wildlife viewing areas do not require a hunting or fishing license to enter however non-hunters are not allowed in the hunting areas.  I suppose a non-hunter can get a hunting license and then get a day pass to enter.   Maybe Colorado needs to carve out some non-hunting wildlife viewing areas within each property?


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