If you are one of those people who loves to shed hunt in Colorado, heads up.
In recent years, shed hunting has exploded in popularity. The antler game is as popular as it ever was and there’s still only one way to get them; you have to get out and look. Colorado shed hunting in particular is a gold mine of antlers, due to the population of animals alone. Thousands of elk and mule deer shed their antlers every year, and shed hunters go out and find them. However, Colorado has just released a new set of rules. If you aren’t paying attention, you’re going to be breaking the law in a hurry.
To see the rules yourself, they’re posted clearly on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Below is excerpt of some major info.
“Public lands west of I-25 are closed to collection from January 1 through April 30, annually. On public lands west of I-25, any person may collect shed antlers or horns from May 1 through December 31, except in GMUs 54, 55, 66, 67, and 551 where the collection of shed antlers or shed horns shall further be prohibited between legal sunset and 10:00 AM from May 1 through May 15 annually.”
It also states that if you plan to shed hunt on private land, it’s all still perfectly legal. However, when the official season starts up on public lands west of I-25 May 1-3 , it’ll require a $40 shed hunting permit. This law won’t go into effect until March 1 of this year.
The idea behind this new law is to keep people away from the wintering areas of migrating elk and mule deer. After the closed season passes, enough winter melt should’ve occurred and food is normally abundant.