Just like you, sportsmen take care of Colorado. Their activities have a direct impact on the health of our state’s abundant wildlife and natural resources. Learn how they help Colorado.

Licensing fees are an important part of financing the management and protection of wildlife and their habitats. But that’s not the only way that hunting and fishing are helping our wildlife.

Benefits to Wildlife

Hunting and Fishing: Keeping Herds Healthy

Native Species

Collected revenues go to the protection and reintroduction of native species.

Population Control

Hunting keeps herd numbers at a manageable level, keeping our wildlife resources and herds healthy and sustainable.

Endangered Species

Licensing fees help to finance the identification and protection of endangered species.

Benefits to Public Land

Hunting and Fishing Make Colorado More Beautiful

resource conservation

Revenues help conserve Colorado’s beautiful forests, lands and river quality.


Wildlife management keeps a balance that benefits public, private and wildlife interests.

habitat enhancing

Fees from hunting and fishing are used to stock lakes and streams, and to buy water rights to enhance habitats.

Benefits to Colorado

Hunting and Fishing are Big Business in Colorado


Hunting and fishing generates 2.8 billion dollars a year. That’s about the same as our ski industry.


More than 27,000 jobs in small towns and rural communities are sustained and supported by hunting and fishing.


Revenues go to conserving the wildlife and natural beauty, benefiting a personal accountability for Colorado.

Case Study

How Licensing Fees Saved the Gunnison Sage-grouse

Gunnison Sage-grouse only inhabit 10 percent of their original range. They once ranged throughout Southwestern Colorado and into parts of Utah and New Mexico. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other state and federal agencies have joined forces to create a range-wide conservation plan.