Grand County's public lands offer hunters some of the best opportunities in the state to pursue big game, turkey and even big cats. But it is important to know the basics and regulations on hunting first.
To manage our wildlife populations and ensure that future generations can enjoy these majestic animals, Colorado Parks & Wildlife issues a limited number of licenses per game-management unit (GMUs). In the case of Grand County, there are five GMUs (No. 18, 27, 28, 37 and 181) offering a wide variety of habitats and game species (The Colorado Hunting License is an excellent resource to get your bearings).
The 2017 deadlines for acquiring a license are as follows:
For more information on licenses, visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website. In the meantime, here's a profile on hunting in Grand County.
Throughout Grand County, you will find plenty of good places to base camp. Hunters find all of the towns to be particularly hospitable during the hunting seasons, but one place in particular turns bright orange with welcome signs: Kremmling. A big part of this has to do with Kremmling's location, in between a handful of GMUs where hunters can pursue pronghorn, elk, deer, bear and even mountain lion. Learn more about Kremmling.
Within Grand County, hunters can track and hunt a variety of big game. Topping the list are elk, which can be hunted in public lands north, south and east of Kremmling and limited pockets around Granby. This same habitat proves fruitful for deer hunters, while those interested in pursuing moose know that Grand County offers up one of the state's best and most populated habitats west of Grand Lake. Again, consult the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website for more specific information.
Parts of Grand County are open to mountain lion and bear hunting, making it a unique destination for hunters. Mountain lion season is generally in April, while black bears are hunted in fall (September and October). Regulations for hunting mountain lions as well as bears need to be observed. Learn more about hunting mountain lions and hunting bears from Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Grand County offers a handful enclaves of turkey habitat west of Kremmling, and in April — when turkey season runs — hunters often come to these areas to pursue one of North America's most majestic and popular game birds. Limited licenses are already on sale.
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