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Colorado Antelope Hunting  

Colorado Antelope Hunting

Although Colorado is not known for its robust antelope population, it does have some great areas to hunt, and if you are well versed in multiple weapons, you should be able to hunt them often. It’s no surprise if you have followed Colorado antelope for a few years that the eastern side of the state is fairing a little better than the western side. This is mostly due to the terrain on the eastern side being more suitable habitat with more moderate winters. This is not to say that Western Colorado doesn’t have a decent population, but most of those areas are more susceptible to heavy winter snowfall that can cause higher winter mortality and populations to fluctuate more. The upside of Western Colorado is that the amount of public land often outweighs private land and gives hunters more room to roam. 

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Trophy quality is more similar to Utah than Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico, but the hunting is very good and most rifle hunts average close to 100% harvest. Antelope in this state should be looked at as an opportunity species that only costs $9.17 to build points if you are already applying for other species. The amount of points required for a rifle tag are considerably higher than an archery and muzzleloader tag. This is the biggest advantage of being able to put the gun down and pick up an open sight muzzleloader and go hunting every three to five years in units that otherwise would have taken 12+ years to draw.

Antelope Draw

The traditional antelope area of Colorado in the far northwest corner of the state is taking the most points to draw on average. Most of the populations continue to struggle in this area, especially in the famed units 2/201. Units 3/301 continue to improve their population and have one of the highest buck to doe ratios in the state. Private land can limit some access in this area, but there is plenty of public land to hunt and find a quality buck. Although population isn’t as high in units in the southwest portion, quality seems to be holding its own. Permits can be hard to come by as there are not many of them.

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The Eastern Plains are outperforming Western Colorado in both population and quality, and we are seeing more and more trophy class animals coming from this part of the state. Archery and muzzleloader hunters will have the best hunts on public land as antelope have not been run around onto private land yet. Units 95 and 105 have good trophy potential, but most of these units are private land and require an outfitter to gain access. 

 

Like we mentioned before, with the $9 application fee and hunts only requiring a few points to draw on some occasions, everyone already applying for other species in Colorado needs to be building points for antelope as well to help round out their western application strategy.

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Application Deadline

The Colorado big game application deadline is April 5, 2022 at 8 p.m. MDT.

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2022 Colorado Non-Resident
Up-Front Fees
Annual Small Game Hunt License (required to apply) $86.56
Youth Annual Small Game Hunt License (under age 18, required to apply) $1.31
Habitat Stamp (required for adults to apply) $10.59
Draw Application (per species) $9.17
Youth Point Fee (all species) None
Post Draw Fees (if successful)
Antelope $420.23
Youth Big Game (Elk, Deer, or Antelope) $107.43