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Big game hunting attracts hunters from just about every state to southwestern Colorado and to the San Juan National Forest.  The major big-game species that live in the San Juan National Forest are mule deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, black bear, and mountain lion. Game bird species that are hunted include turkey, blue grouse,  sage grouse, rock and morning dove, and various waterfowl species.

While the Forest Service does not sell hunting licenses, a license is required to hunt in Colorado. The Colorado Division of Wildlife and local retailers sell licenses. An annual Hunting Handbook lists hunting regulations, or visit the website for the Colorado Division of Wildlife at or call 970-247-0855.

Other Hunting Information Links:

Hunting on the National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District

Maps:  San Juan Mountains Association Book and Map Store

Motorized Vehicle information

Permited Outfitter and Guide Lists

Certified Weed Free Forage Producers list

Portable Tree Stand Use