Hunting Around Basalt: Get Your Game On!

The vast White River National Forest, all 2.3 million acres of it, is the recreational playground that is Basalt’s backyard. Not only is there abundant national forest, but there are two proximate wilderness areas near Basalt: the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Among other species, hunting in the public land near and around Basalt can include elk, deer, bighorn sheep, moose, black bear, and wild turkey.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife, or CPW, manages both the state parks and hunting in Colorado. Their informative website has game unit maps, hunt planning particulars, license and permit applications and season details.

Hunters must apply for permits for all game, which are awarded either by lottery or by over-the-counter sales. License fees have both resident and nonresident rates.

Remember: it’s your responsibility to know how to hunt safely, legally and ethically. Hunter safety cards and blaze orange outerwear are mandatory for hunters.

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