Wildlife Officers in Colorado: What You Need to Know

Doug Richards, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. Law Shield in Colorado, explains what an encounter with a state Parks and Wildlife officer might be like, and how you should prepare. [Read the Full Transcript Below the Video]

Let’s talk for a moment or two about who helps to keep Colorado looking so beautiful. A lot of times, it’s the Parks and Wildlife officers that you see out there on the trails providing assistance to hikers and bikers and folks on horseback.

One of their others duties is to police hunting in the state, whether it’s legal or illegal.

If you’re legally hunting, they might come up and check your license. If you’re hunting illegally, you might quickly find yourself heading to jail or going home with a ticket.

Wildlife Officer Has Full Arrest Authority

They are law enforcement officers and have full arrest authority. So, make sure you are very nice to them when you see them out on the trail, and take a moment thank them for the hard job they have and the hard work they do on the Parks and Wildlife website.

The site includes a whole schedule of the types of animals that are in season or out of season, and depending on that type of animal, you might want to call my office to talk about some of the rules and regulations that are specific to different species, as they can vary, depending on the time of year. You can check it out on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife here.

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to your firearms, please do not hesitate to call my office. We are more than happy to help you and make sure that you have a safe and happy hunting season.colorado wildlife officer



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