Welcome to Rifle, Colorado!  We are the premiere destination for hunters in the United States. You will find thousands of acres of national forest surrounding us.  The White River National Forest and the Grand Mesa area are home to thousands of deer and elk.  There are also healthy populations of mountain lion, bear, antelope and small game.  There is also a moose season.  We also have have ample areas for hunting water fowl, grouse and pheasants.

Link here for the 2013-14 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Big Game Planner

Big game areas 32, 33, and 42 are all within the Rifle area.

Bahr's Elk

In 2009 Field & Stream Magazine recognized our nearest hunting location: White River National Forest is #3 -10 Best Public Lands for Elk Hunting




Grouse Near Rifle, Colorado


Rifle, Colorado welcomes all types of hunters! Duck or goose hunting on the Colorado River, pack in by horse or ATV to some of the best deer, elk, bear and lion hunting, or bring your dog to kick up a pheasant or grouse from the tall grass.

Hunters Welcome Tent
The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce hosts an Hunters Welcome Tent so hunters from all over the nation that stop in Rifle, Colorado have the opportunity to visit with representatives from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and many more! Hunters can get information on “where the deer & elk are”, hunting tips and tricks, lodging, restaurants and businesses that supply all their hunting gadgets and gear!    The Hunters Welcome Tent will be available to hunters in October.  Check back to see exact dates and location.

Link here to use our Business Directory to find hotels and places to buy ammo and other gear.

Bear Near Rifle, Colorado

License Requirements

  • Hunter’s born on or after January 1, 1949 must have completed an approved hunter education course or bowhunter education course (for archery licenses only) sanctioned by a state before applying for or purchasing a license.  You must present your hunter safety card when buying a license.  Need to take a hunter safety course?

Find a hunter safety course at a place and time near you.

Check out the 2013 Hunter’s Hospitality Expo!

Hunter's Hospitality Expo Poster 2013

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