The White River National Forest is renowned for its big game hunting and contains some of the best elk hunting available from one of the largest herds in North America. Some of the country’s best mule deer hunting is also found here.
Wildlife found along the Flat Tops Byway and White River National Forest is managed in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The Forest Service is responsible for managing much of the habitat utilized by these animals for food, water and shelter. Hunting is employed by the Division of Wildlife as a tool to manage wildlife populations.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is responsible for setting and enforcing hunting rules and regulations. Seasons, bag limits, legal hours, and all other pertinent information may be obtained at all Division offices and most sporting goods stores. Their website can be accessed here: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Pages/Hunting.aspx
To hunt game in the state of Colorado, a hunter must have a valid license for the species they are hunting. All persons born on or after January 1, 1949 must have also completed a hunter safety education course before purchasing a hunting license. Licenses are available at all Division offices and at some stores in Meeker and Yampa. State residency for six months is required to obtain a resident license.
Know the hunting regulations before you set out into the field and always respect private property. Most trails located along the Flat Tops Byway offer excellent opportunities for hunting.