Important Pre-Hunting Reminders – The Fort Morgan Times

It is illegal to…

• Sell, transfer, own or use a High Capacity Magazine, defined below, unless User has owned and owned it continuously since 2013.

“Large Capacity Tray” means:

(I) A fixed or removable magazine, box, drum, belt feed or similar device capable of accepting, or which is designed to be easily converted to accept, more than fifteen rounds;

(II) A fixed tubular shotgun magazine that holds more than twenty-eight inches of shotgun shells, including any extension device attached to the magazine that holds additional shotgun shells; Where

(III) A non-tubular, detachable magazine, box, drum, feed band, or similar device that is capable of accepting more than eight shotgun shells when combined with a stationary magazine.

• Having a loaded rifle or shotgun (having a cartridge in the chamber) in or on a motor vehicle. “Motor vehicle” includes motorcycles and ATVs. Similarly, muzzle-loading rifles cannot be primed (cannot have a percussion cap on the nipple or powder in the flashpan) while in or on a motor vehicle.

• Transport firearms (except handguns) on an off-road vehicle (ORV) during deer, elk, pronghorn, and bear season, unless unloaded in bedroom and the store. Firearms (except handguns) and bows transported on an OHV must be fully enclosed in a hard or soft case. Sheaths or cases with open ends or sides are prohibited. This by-law does not apply to landowners or their agents who transport a firearm on an ORV for the purpose of bringing predatory wildlife onto property they own or lease.

• Carelessly hunting or discharging a firearm or firing an arrow in a manner that disregards human life or property.

• Drive or ride a snowmobile with a firearm unless it is fully unloaded and holstered; bows must be unstrung or sheathed. Compound bows should be sheathed, not unstrung.

• Pull or use a motor vehicle, motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or airplane to chase, harass or drive wildlife.

• Use aircraft to hunt, direct hunters on the ground, or hunt the same day or the day after a flight to locate wildlife.

• Hunting under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

• Use artificial light to hunt wildlife. Having a firearm with cartridges in the chamber or magazine, or loaded with powder or a bullet, or a stringed bow without a case while attempting to project artificial light into an area where wild animals can be found is prima facie evidence of an offence.

• Use dogs or bait to hunt bear, deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. Bait means putting, displaying, depositing, distributing or dispersing salt, minerals, grain, animal parts or other food in such a way as to constitute a lure, attraction or inducement for big game on or over above any area where hunters attempt to take Big Game.

• Use poison, drugs or explosives to hunt or harass wildlife.

• Leaving a fire unattended that is not completely extinguished.

• Do not reasonably attempt to follow and kill an animal you have injured. If the animal is on private property, you should contact the owner or manager before pursuing it.

• Do not wear at least 500 square inches of solid fluorescent orange or solid fluorescent pink fabric above the waist on any outer garment while hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or moose during a muzzleloading or rifle season. Part of the fluorescent orange should be a hat or headgear visible from all directions. Orange camouflage or pink camouflage do not meet this requirement. Mesh clothing is legal but not recommended. Archery hunters are not required to wear fluorescent orange during archery seasons. Colorado Parks and Wildlife strongly recommends wearing neon orange or neon pink in the field even if you are not hunting. For details on the 2016 approved Fluorescent Pink alternative safety color for hunters, please read the Fluorescent Pink Authorized Fact Sheet.

• Do not use the meat of wild animals for human consumption. Internal organs are not considered edible portions.

• Shoot from, through or at a public street with a firearm, bow or crossbow. Persons shooting a bow, rifle, handgun or shotgun with a single bullet must be at least 50 feet from the center line of the road.

• Group hunting, which means killing someone else’s game or allowing someone else to kill your game.

• Interfere with hunters. This includes, but is not limited to, alarming, distracting, or frightening prey; scare away prey using light or sound; hunt prey on foot or in a vehicle; throwing objects; make movements; harass hunters using threats or actions; erect barriers to prevent access to hunting areas; and intentionally inject yourself into the line of fire. Offenders expose themselves to criminal prosecution and may have to pay damages to the victim, as well as legal costs. Learn more about this topic by reading the Hunter Harassment page.

​Violations that are​​​criminal offenses

• ​Kill and abandon big game. Take big game, remove only the skin, antlers or other parts of the trophy and leave the carcass in the field.

• Sell, buy or offer to sell or buy big game.

• Solicit someone to illegally take big game for commercial purposes or provide outfitting services without registration required.

If you are found guilty of these violations, you could face a lifetime hunting license suspension in Colorado.​​

Refer to Big game brochure​ for important additional information and laws, rules and regulations. You can download this brochure and other regulations from our Leafletspage.

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