Whether you are hunting for big game or small game, waterfowl or gamebird, one of the 17 national forests and seven national grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region will have a hunting area that is just right for you.
Follow these general guidelines to help ensure that you have an enjoyable hunting experience in your national forest or grassland:
Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your recreation plans.
Hunting solo can leave you vulnerable if you have an accident. Leave a hunting plan with friends or family including where you are hunting and what time you expect to be home.
The national forests and grasslands of the United States provide over 192 million acres of diverse wildlife habitat and excellent hunting opportunities. For more information, check out the US Forest Service's Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants (WFW) Web site.
Please consult state hunting regulations carefully before you go hunting since regulations may vary from state to state:
Know the season dates and regulations for the type of hunting you plan to do.
Obtain a map (Motor Vehicle Use Map where appropriate) of your destination and determine which areas are open to hunting for your desired game and your type of travel.
Travel responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails or areas.
On water, stay on designated waterways and launch watercraft in designated areas.
Be a sportsman and practice ethical hunting.
Never take a shot unless you see the animal clearly, you can identify it and you know what lies between you, the target, and beyond.
Don't shoot across roads, trails, waterways or into caves.
Don't leave animal remains in wetland or riparian areas, on campgrounds, roads or trails.
It is damaging and unlawful to use a permanent tree stand, blinds or platforms as well as to place spikes, nails, wires or other metal objects into a tree to act as steps or to hold a tree stand on public lands.
Check the weather forecast for your destination. Plan clothing, equipment and supplies accordingly.
In the backcountry, be mindful of damaging fragile vegetation and soils along shorelines and stream banks. Choose access to hunting areas wisely.
All hunters should follow the ideals ofLeave No Trace and practice the concept of Pack It In - Pack It Out.
For more detailed guidelines regarding responsible fishing on US Forest Service lands, please check out the Tread Lightly! information below:
Tread Lightly!'s Tips for Responsible Hunting brochure
The Rocky Mountain Region map below can be used as the starting place to find information regarding hunting opportunities on US Forest Service lands located throughout our five-state region. When the cursor is moved over a state on the map, a filled-in map outline and tool tip will appear. Once you are on top of the state you want to hunt in, click the cursor on the green map outline and a link will open to that state's Hunting Information webpage. Once you are redirected to the state's Hunting Information webpage, repeat the same process with the state map as with this map. You will then be able to select the individual national forest or grassland that you would like hunting information about.