Ranching for Wildlife

Ranching for Wildlife (RFW) started as a pilot program in 1986 with the intent to improve public hunting access to private land and to form a wildlife management partnership with participating landowners.

The program provides Colorado residents a unique opportunity to hunt on private ranch land normally closed to the public. Participating ranches provide public hunting recreation access to their land free of charge to those who draw licenses.

Public licenses on each ranch are available through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) draw process. The number of licenses on each ranch is determined by negotiations between the landowner and CPW.  

Through this program, hunters can play an important role in assisting CPW and landowners manage wildlife populations on private land. In addition to providing public hunting access to successful applicants, participating landowners are required to improve habitat on their ranch for both game and non-game animals. These efforts help preserve and enhance open spaces for wildlife to live and thrive and keep the hunting heritage alive for you and future generations. 

Public Ranching for Wildlife (RFW) licenses are available only to Colorado residents through the CPW draw process. Licenses are valid only for the season and ranch specified.

For a more detailed description of information relevant to hunters interested in the RFW program, visit Hunter Information.

Contact Ranching for Wildlife

Colorado Parks & Wildlife
1313 Sherman Street
6th Floor
Denver, Colorado  80203
Phone: (303) 297-1192


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