Hunting at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Monte Vista Hunting Regulations Table Hunting is in accordance with State regulations. In addition, Refuge-specifc regulations must be followed and are listed in the table below. National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Activity Season Dates and Harvest American coot, State season and regulations dove, duck, apply goose, merganser, Wilson’s snipe Other Regulations Eurasian collared-dove hunting only allowed during the mourning dove season. Method of take includes shotguns, handheld bows, and hawking/falconry. The use of dogs for hunting and retrieving is permitted. Dogs must be under immediate control and may not interfere with other hunter’s activities. Decoys and blinds cannot be left unattended and must be removed from the hunting area daily. Non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting. Possession of lead shot while in the feld is prohibited. Hunters may access areas open to hunting from parking areas 1-5. Access from parking areas 6, 7, and 8 is prohibited. Cottontail, jackrabbit State season and regulations apply Method of take includes shotguns, rifes fring rimfre cartridges less than .23 caliber, hand-held bows, pellet guns, slingshots, and hawking/falconry. Non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting. Possession of lead shot while in the feld is prohibited. Hunters may access areas open to hunting from parking areas 1-5. Access from parking areas 6, 7, and 8 is prohibited. Elk Special Refuge Access Elk Permit required Hunters must have a valid State elk hunting license, and apply for and receive a Special Refuge Access Elk Permit through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Contact 719-587-6900 or email: email@example.com. See map for areas open to hunting. The Blue Goose is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a network of lands and waters managed for the beneft of wildlife and people. Welcome Welcome to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Established in 1952, Monte Vista NWR contains 14,804 acres of wetland and upland habitat to provide food, cover, migration, and breeding habitat for birds and other wildlife. A large portion of the Refuge is designated as a wildlife sanctuary and is closed to public access. General Information Activities are permitted one hour before legal sunrise until one hour after legal sunset. This brochure contains information for limited migratory birds and small game hunting on the Monte Vista NWR. If you would like information about elk hunting, only allowed with a Special Refuge Access Elk Permit, contact Refuge staff at 719-589-4021. Safety Be aware of and courteous to other hunters, visitors, and staff while hunting. Prohibited Activities • Camping and fres. • Possession or consumption of alcohol while hunting. • Possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia. • Unmanned aircraft systems, including drones. • Littering, including spent shell casings. • Searching for or removing cultural artifacts, fossils, or animal parts, including antler sheds. Firearms Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying frearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) frearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specifc refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32.) Possession of frearms in Federal facilities and buildings is prohibited under 18 USC 930(a). Vehicles Off-highway vehicles, such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), or utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) cannot be used on the refuge. The use of game carts or other non-motorized methods to transport hunting equipment to and from the hunting area is allowed. Hunting Regulations Hunting is permitted in accordance with Federal regulations governing public use on National Wildlife Refuges as set forth in Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Hunting is allowed on the Refuge in accordance with State regulations and the Refuge-specifc regulations in this brochure. Turn in Poachers - TIPS 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or 1-877-COLO-OGT (265-6648) Hunters may access hunting areas by foot from public roads. All vehicles on the Refuge must be parked in designated parking areas. Access to the non-motorized portion of the hunting area is limited to walking, horseback, and bicycling, including e-bikes. Bicycles and e-bikes are restricted to established roads/trails. E-bikes are bicycles with a small electric motor (less than 1 horsepower). The operator of an e-bike may only use the small electric motor to assist pedal propulsion. The motor may not be used to propel an e-bike without the rider also pedaling, except in locations open to public motor vehicle traffc. Accessibility Equal opportunity to participate in and beneft from programs and activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is available to all individuals regardless of physical or mental ability. For more information please contact the U.S. Department of the Interior, Offce of Equal Opportunity, https://www.doi.gov/pmb/eeo/ public-civil-rights. Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge 6120 Hwy 15 Monte Vista, CO 81144 Refuge staff can be contacted at: 9383 El Rancho Ln Alamosa, CO 81101 719-589-4021 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ monte_vista/ For State Transfer Relay Service TTY / Voice: 711 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov For Refuge Information 1-800-344-WILD September 2020 National Wildlife Refuge 160 U.S. highway 15 State highway Public road Service roads (non-motorized use) Restroom Elk hunt area Information Bureau of Land Management land Parking Rivers/Waterways 1 CR 3S 0 Parking area and information Wetlands To Monte Vista 1 2 Kilometers 2 3 7 5 CR 5S 15 Miles 1 0 CR 3E Wildlife Drive Hunt area for all permitted species CR 6E Refuge boundary N CR 5E Monte Vista 8 1 CR 6S Stanley Road CR 2E 285 CR 8S ran 17 de nal 15 Not to scale 160 CR 7S Ca CR 8S RIO GRANDE CO. ALAMOSA CO. CR 3E Monte Vista NWR Alamosa El Rancho Lane 160 370 368 CR 6E CR 7S 2 CR 6E 6 re Raptor Road 3 pi CR 2E CR 7S Em Mo Lark Lane 285 Monte Vista G Rio n t e Vi s ta Cana l 4 285 Alamosa NWR