Colorado Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for Colorado.

Who is required to complete hunter education in Colorado?

According to Colorado law, all hunters born on or after January 1, 1949, must complete hunter education certification in order to apply for a hunting license or preference point.

Is completion of a Colorado state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?

Yes, in many cases. In order to buy a license or apply for a preference point, Colorado requires that hunters born on or after January 1, 1949, must complete a course approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and IHEA-USA.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Colorado will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Colorado-Approved Hunting Course

The Colorado Hunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This Colorado Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunter safety mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure Colorado hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this Colorado online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making Colorado a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Colorado Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions