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Law Enforcement - Hunting and Fishing on BLM Lands

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is charged by statute to protect, preserve, enhance and manage fish and wildlife for the use, benefit and enjoyment of the people of Colorado and its visitors. BLM Rangers and Special Agents work in close cooperation with CPW to protect fish and wildlife on public lands. 

In some areas, Rangers and Special Agents enforce State Fish and Wildlife Regulations under a memorandum of understanding with CPW as Special Wildlife Officers.

Hunting in Emerald Mountain, Craig

Preventing the illegal poaching of wildlife is a top priority for both CPW and the BLM. To report poachers in Colorado, call CPW toll-free at 1-877-COLO-OGT (Verizon cell phone users can just dial #OGT) or contact CPW via e-mail at Operation Game Thief at

CPW's Turn in Poachers (TIP)  allows people who turn in poachers of wild turkey or big game to receive preference points or even licenses in some cases.  Learn more about it here:

Illegal guides and outfitters take business away from legal companies permitted to conduct business on your public lands. The BLM and CPW 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, visit our Report a Crime page.

Colorado Fish and Wildlife Regulations can be found on the Colorado Division of Wildlife website at:

• Know your firearm, how it works and its capabilities. Always assume that all firearms are loaded.

• It is safer to hunt with a companion. If you are injured or become ill, a companion can be a lifesaver. Knowing how to use a map and compass is also essential. Maps are available from your local BLM office.

• Leave a trip schedule. Let a responsible person know your exact hunting area, when you are leaving and plan to return, and names of companions. Also, leave vehicle information (color, model, license number).

• Wear adequate clothing, including lug-soled footwear, and know the weather forecast. Hunting in cold weather requires caution. Remember to layer clothing – dry wool clothing is your best insulation. An orange florescent vest will make you more visible to other hunters.

• Carry emergency gear just in case you need to remain overnight in the backcountry. Food, shelter, water and heat requirements should be considered in your planning.

• Be sure of your target. Never fire until you can positively identify your target.

• Remember: alcohol and firearms don’t mix!

⇒ Top 10 Things to Know When Hunting on BLM lands in Colorado

• Use caution while fishing on riverbanks – make sure banks are stable.

• Use caution when wading in rivers and streams. Be aware of swift currents and slippery rocks.

• When fishing from a boat, always wear a personal floating device.

• Don’t overload the boat. Know the limits of the craft.

• Watch the weather. If high winds, thunder storms, and waves begin, get away from the water immediately.

• When near the water, never let children out of your sight.

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