Mar 19, 2013 12:55 PM by JD Downing
Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses are on sale now for the 2013-14 seasons at retail outlets, at parks and wildlife offices and on-line.
Anglers are reminded that they must have a new license by April 1.
Lion hunters also now have an extra month--through April--for hunting, but they must buy a new license on or after April 1. That license will be valid through March 31, 2014.
License buyers between the ages of 18-64 also must buy a $10 Colorado Habitat Stamp. Money collected from stamp purchases is used to preserve and protect wildlife habitat throughout the state.
A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Youngsters 15 and under are not required to purchase an annual license; however, if they plan to fish with a second line, they must buy a second-rod stamp for $5. Senior annual licenses for those 64 or older cost just $1.
A combination fishing-small game license is available for $41. A small-game license costs $21, but only $1.75 for those under 18.
Turkey season starts April 13. A resident license is $21 and just $11 for anyone under 18. Remember that the deadline for applying for big game limited licenses is April 2.
Purchase of any hunting or fishing license also includes a search and rescue fee.
Anglers should pick up a 2013-14 fishing brochure to check regulations and to see what's new. You must know the regulations for the waters you are fishing. Brochures are available at license dealers or any parks and wildlife office, and online.
The online version features helpful videos on fishing techniques, how to safely release fish, special locations and more.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is also asking anglers for help again this year to report suspicious activity on state waters, especially reservoirs. Moving fish from one water to another in Colorado is illegal and causes serious damage to a fisheries. If you suspect a "bucket biologist" is transplanting fish, please contact a Parks and Wildlife office or call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.
Anyone who takes a boat to a lake or reservoir is reminded that Colorado Parks and Wildlife conducts mandatory boat inspections and decontaminations at 27 state parks and 58 other locations around the state.
Resources for boaters in Colorado state park waters can be viewed at http://www.parks.state.co.us/Boating/NewBoatInspection/Pages/BoatInspection.aspx.
For more information about fishing, hunting, state parks pass or to buy a license on-line, go to: cpw.state.co.us.
For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.