WIA strives to be a very convenient program with both the hunters who use the program and with the landowners that enroll lands. Other than holding a small game hunting license and associated requirements, a hunter does not need a special permit to hunt on Walk-In Access Properties. However, hunters do need to mindful that their actions when hunting on these lands are a critical factor in a landowner's decision to enroll property. With that objective in mind, please remember these important regulations:
- Regular Walk-In Access Properties are open for access on September 1 through the end of February.
- Late Cropland Walk-In Access Properties are open for access from the opening day of pheasant season through the end of February.
- Lands enrolled in and posted as Extended Walk-In Access properties are open from the opening day of pheasant season through the end of March annually.
- Statewide, species of take is restricted to small game, furbearers and waterfowl; Hunters may not hunt or harvest Gambel’s quail, Gunnison sage-grouse or greater sage-grouse from Walk-In Access Properties.
- Public access is permitted from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset; For waterfowl hunting, access is allowed from 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.
- Access shall be by foot only. Entry by horseback, motorized vehicle or other means is prohibited.
- Access is prohibited as posted when the landowner is actively harvesting crops.
- Access to all Walk-In properties is for hunting only. Hunters must comply with Habitat Stamp requirements.
Hunters can contribute greatly to the Walk-in Access Program's success by remembering one of the program's core rules: Be considerate of the landowners who choose to participate in the program and those who do not participate. Other guidelines for the use of these properties include:
- Public access to these private parcels will be permitted for hunting small game, waterfowl and furbearers only.
- All hunting must occur during established seasons as listed in the interactive 2014-2015 Small Game Regulations Brochure and the interactive 2014-2015 Waterfowl Regulations Brochure.
- Park where there is no danger of fire.
- Leave no trash in fields.
- Do not clean game in or along the edges WIA properties.
- Determine field boundaries before hunting.
- Access for big game hunting is allowed only with landowner’s permission. Small game hunters will have access to Walk-in properties during big game seasons.
- Hunters must walk into enrolled properties.
- Access by vehicle, horseback or other means is prohibited.
Contact Walk-in Access Program
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
1313 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203