Hunting and Fishing
The Bureau of Land Management Rangers and Special Agents, work in close cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to protect fish and wildlife resources on public lands. In some areas, BLM Rangers and Agents also enforce State Fish and Wildlife Regulations under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Colorado Division of Wildlife as Special Wildlife Officers. Colorado Fish and Wildlife Regulations can be found on the Colorado Division of Wildlife website at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/Regulations/
The illegal poaching of wildlife is a top priority with both the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management. To report poachers, call the Colorado Division of Wildlife toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT, Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife via e-mail at Operation Game Thief.
The Turn in Poachers (TIP) program began September 1st, 2004. This program allows people who turn in poachers to receive preference points or even licenses in some cases. This program was created in addition to the existing Operation Game Thief (OGT) program. The TIP program applies only to reports of illegal take or possession or willful destruction of Big Game or Turkey.
Illegal guides and outfitters take business away from legal companies permitted to conduct business on your public lands. The Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Division of Wildlife are working together to identify and prosecute illegal guides and outfitters conducting business on public lands without proper authorization. To report a business that is conducting commercial trips on public lands without a valid Special Recreation Permit click on "Report a Crime" link.
Unless otherwise authorized, the following acts are prohibited on public lands within Colorado:
1. You must not camp longer than 14 days in any 30 day period, at any one location, including any campground on public land.
2. After the 14 days have been reached, you must move at least 30 air miles away from the previously occupied location.
3. You must not leave any personal property or refuse after vacating the campsite. This includes any property left for the purposes of use by another camper or occupant.
4. You must not leave personal property unattended in a campground, designated recreation area, or on any other public lands for more than 48 hours. Vehicles left parked for the purpose of overnight camping, hiking, river rafting or other authorized recreation activities are exempt.
5. You must not establish occupancy, take possession of, or otherwise use public lands for residential purposes except as allowed under 43 CFR 3715.2, 3715.2-1, 3715.5, 3715.6, or with prior written authorization from the BLM.
6. If a camping area charges fees, you must register and pay camping fees within 30 minutes of entering the fee area.
7. You must not violate any State of Colorado or county laws or regulations relating to public health, safety, sanitation, building or fire codes while camping, occupying, or using public land.
With the recurring threat of seasonally extreme fire danger throughout the state and increased visitation on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management decided to update its rules regarding firework use. These rules prohibit the possession and use of fireworks on public lands in Colorado year round.
Each year, human-caused fires endanger public safety and destroy both public and private property. Updating these rules will help the BLM to reduce the threat of human-caused fires on public lands.
Prior to the new rules, the BLM prohibited firework use only at developed recreation sites and during seasonal fire restriction orders.
About the Rules:
1. These rules will prohibit the possession and use of all fireworks and other incendiary devices on BLM-managed lands year round.
2. Individuals with written consent from the local agency administrator will be exempt from these rules.
3. Violation of these rules is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
The rules take effect Dec. 19, 2011.