2/21/2018 1:38 PM
New 2018 Muzzleloader Regulation Update in Colorado
Muzzleloader regulations have been updated in 2018 in the state of Colorado. It has been determined that a minimum of .50 caliber is required for hunting elk and moose with a conical projectile and .54 caliber when hunting with a round ball projectile. The following info was provided by the lead wildlife investigator Bob Thompson from Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as the CPW Wildlife Regulations page:
#203 – Manner of Take
A. The following are legal methods of take for all species and seasons listed in this chapter, except as otherwise noted. Any method of take not listed herein shall be prohibited, except as otherwise provided by statute or these regulations:
2. Muzzle-loading rifles and smoothbore muskets, provided the minimum caliber shall be forty (.40) for all big game except elk and moose when hunting with conical bullets and fifty (.50) caliber when hunting with round ball bullets. The minimum caliber for elk and moose shall be fifty (.50) when hunting with conical bullets and fifty-four (.54) when hunting with round ball bullets. All muzzle-loading rifles and smoothbore muskets from forty (.40) caliber through fifty (.50) caliber must use a bullet of at least 170 grains in weight. All muzzle-loading rifles and smoothbore muskets greater than fifty (.50) caliber must use bullets of at least 210 grains in weight.
As stated above, the new minimum caliber for hunting elk and moose with a conical bullet is .50 caliber. The minimum caliber for hunting elk and moose with a round ball projectile has been raised to .54 caliber. These new regulation changes will be effective immediately as of January 2018.
For more information on Colorado state muzzleloading regulations, as well as other state regulations, CLICK HERE.
For the complete list of hunting regulations for Colorado on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations page, CLICK HERE.