Welcome to the 2021 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in western Colorado. (You can read the replica e-edition of the 2021 edition here, and look for printed copies at locations throughout Northwest Colorado in the coming weeks).
We’re glad you chose our neck of the woods for your trip — you couldn’t have picked a better place for your hunting vacation. The region offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow, packing your muzzle-loader or sighting in your scope.
Whatever your big game fancy — elk atop Grand Mesa, mule deer in Middle Park or moose near Walden — we hope our region becomes your hunting destination for years to come.
While the area offers countless, year-round recreational opportunities — as well as outstanding scenery, friendly locals and Old West charm — for hunters, the action kicks in every autumn when game migrates from the high country to its winter range. That’s when hunters migrate here also, flocking to Grand Junction, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Meeker, Rangely, Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Kremmling, Granby, Yampa and more to hunt some of the largest elk herds in the nation.
Whether you fill your tag or not, the real reward comes in hunting one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Colorado Hunter is designed to make your hunt easier, whether you’re hearing your first bugle or looking for a trophy. Inside our 132-page edition, you’ll find tips on what to bring and where to go, information on herd updates, outfitter profiles, reader photos and a directory listing everything from outfitters to meat processors. We hope you have a great hunt and thanks again for visiting western Colorado.