2011 small game licenses on sale | SummitDaily.com

2011 small game licenses on sale

Hunters who want to take advantage of warming weather should purchase a 2011 small game license, which are good from April 1 through the following March 31.

Seasons run throughout the year for the 40 species of small game that are hunted in Colorado, which include birds like pheasant, dove and quail as well as ducks, geese and other migratory waterfowl – with the purchase of annual state and federal duck stamps. Other small game hunted in Colorado include coyote, rabbit, squirrel, prairie dogs and rattlesnakes.

Small game licenses must be validated by registering with the Harvest Information Program for a “HIP” number. Hunters must answer questions about their waterfowl hunting results from previous seasons as well as questions about their likelihood of hunting species like sage grouse, ptarmigan and light geese during the coming year. The HIP number helps the Division of Wildlife monitor small game harvests and helps the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collect migratory bird harvest data nationwide.

On April 1, hunters can register for their 2011 HIP number online at http://www.colohip.com. Phone registrations will become available in mid-April.

Purchase of a $10 Habitat Stamp is also required with the purchase of the first hunting or fishing license of the 2011 season.

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