Hunting and Fishing
Hunting and Fishing brochure of Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alamosa 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 and Fishing 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. Cottontail, jackrabbit State season and regulations apply Method of take includes shotguns, rifes fring rimfre cartridges less than .23 caliber, handheld 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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. See map for areas open to hunting. Turn in Poachers - TIPS 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or 1-877-COLO-OGT (265-6648) 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 Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Established in 1962, Alamosa NWR contains 12,026 acres of wetland and upland habitat along the Rio Grande in southcentral Colorado. 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, and fshing on the Alamosa 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. Fishing is not allowed on the Chicago dam due to dangerous undercurrents. 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. Hunters may access hunting and fshing 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 and fshing area is limited to walking, horseback, and bicycling, including e-bikes. Bicycles and e-bikes are restricted to established roads. 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. Hunting and Fishing Regulations Hunting and fshing are 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 and fshing are allowed on the Refuge in accordance with State regulations and the Refugespecifc regulations in this brochure. Fishing Regulations State fshing regulations and permits apply to the Alamosa NWR fshing area. Fishing is closed from April 15 to September 1 in the seasonal closure area to protect the southwestern willow fycatcher, a federally endangered bird, during the breeding season. • Fishing is only allowed within the designated fshing area. (see map) • Access to the fshing area must be from parking area 7 or from the Malm Trail. Do not trespass on private lands. • All personal property, including fshing line, bait containers, and other trash must be removed at the end of each day. • Pets must be leashed, and their waste picked up. Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge 9383 El Rancho Ln Alamosa, CO 81101 719-589-4021 email@example.com http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ alamosa/ 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 Fishing Area Fishing area open year-round Chicago Ditch Rio Gran de Fishing area closed April 15 to Sept 1 Pike Drive 7 Trail Malm Emperious Rd Access to the ÿshing area must be from parking area 7 or from the Malm Trail. Do not trespass on private lands. Chicago Dam 285 S-114 Road El Rancho Lane 7 Emperious Rd Railroad R oad 8S Visitor Info and Wildlife Drive S o Gr an d e Alamosa 6 Rio Grande Nature Trail National Wildlife Refuge Refuge boundary 160 U.S. highway 15 State highway 1 Public road S-116 Road (Bluff Road) Ri Closed Basin Canal d rR ve Ri Greasewood Drive Service roads (non-motorized use) Wildlife drive N Nature trail Hunt area for all permitted species Elk hunt area Miles 1 0 0 1 Limited waterfowl and small game hunt area SE -11 6R oa d 2 Kilometers 2 3 Bluff Overlook 4 2 Bureau of Land Management land Rivers/Waterways 3 Restroom Monte Vista NWR 1 Wildlife viewing area 160 CR 7S Parking Parking area and information R 285 Fishing 368 15 0 CR 8S km ran de Alamosa 370 285 miles 0 8 8 5 Stanley Road G io Information 285 Monte Vista CR 6E Refuge headquarters RIO GRANDE CO ALAMOSA CO Wetlands CR 3E To Taos 160 CR 2E 285 Alamosa La Due Ave 160 r ve To Monte Vista Adams Lane Enlarged map of ÿshing area. Not to scale. 17 El Rancho Lane 160 Alamosa NWR Bluff Nature Trail