Common wildlife offenses include:
- Killing Protected and Endangered Species. There are a lot of threatened and endangered species in Colorado, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and mollusks, so always check with the CPW if you have any questions. Killing one of these animals in Colorado can get you a fine of up to $100,000.00.
- Never kill a wolf. You may face fines of up to $100,000.00 and a year in jail.
- Trespassing. It is your responsibility to know where you are at all times when you are hunting. It is illegal to hunt on private property even when there are no signs posted. You must get permission in writing from the landowner before hunting on private land. Even if you are following wounded game, you are still required to obtain the property owner’s permission before entering their land to pursue or retrieve a wounded or dead animal.
- Don’t take shed antlers in Wintertime. It is illegal to take shed mule deer antlers from January 1 until April 30 because this disrupts their rest and threatens the animals’ health.
- Never use drones or computer-assisted remote hunting. Hunting with drones or computer-assisted remote hunting is illegal can result in fines of up to $100,000.00.
- Poaching. Never hunt without a proper and valid license, don’t take more than your authorized limit, don’t sell or trade game meat you have gotten from a hunt without following the donations rules and regulations, don’t transport an animal without tags present, and don’t take the hide, hair, teeth, antlers, claws or any other part of the kill and leave the rest of the carcass behind. Felony waste is punishable by jail time and fines of up to $100,000.00 or both.
- Fishing Violations include fishing without a license, using prohibited fishing methods, taking more than the limit, and shipping untagged fish.
Your Colorado Wildlife Law Attorney Can Help
If you are facing a hearing for violating fishing or hunting regulations, contact the Colorado Wildlife Law Lawyer today by calling (888) 656-4417.
Contact us for a FREE, confidential consultation to talk about your case and learn how we can help. Our team is on your side. Don’t go into the field without us!