The Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works with the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to conduct deer, elk and turkey hunts on USAFA lands. In addition, local lakes are stocked with catchable size Snake River cutthroat trout. Warm water fishing opportunities are available for anglers at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY.
Game and Non-Game Wildlife Management
Opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat is an important part of what makes the open space on the Air Force Academy special. Over 70 mammals and 200 bird species are found on the installation, including mule deer, white-tailed deer, American elk, Merriam’s turkey, black bear, coyote, mountain lion, bats, fox, songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. Guided deer and elk hunting - which is open to the general public - is used to maintain the big game populations within the carrying capacity of the habitat, and to reduce vehicle-animal accidents. Deer hunters must apply for a state license through the Colorado Big Game limited license system. Cow elk hunters must apply in May at the Outdoor Recreation Center (719-333-4356) (Building 5136) for a random drawing that is conducted by the Natural Resources office.
Recreational Fisheries Management
Five lakes on the Academy and three lakes at Farish Recreation Area are stocked annually with 9-11 inch rainbow trout and Snake River cutthroat. Grass carp are also used in the lakes to help control aquatic weeds. All anglers over 16 years old must have a valid State fishing license and an Academy permit to fish at the lakes. Receipts from the sale of the base fishing permits are used to cover the cost of stocking the hatchery-reared fish. The lakes are not open to the public; only active duty military, military retirees, and DoD government civilians are eligible to fish on the base. Free, lifetime fishing permits are provided to persons with a 60% or higher Veterans Affairs (VA) disability. Annual ($21) and one-day ($7.25) fishing permits may be purchased at the Outdoor Recreation Center (719-333-4356) (Building 5136) and Farish Recreation Area (719-687-9098) during normal business hours.
USAFA Hunting Guidelines
Colorado Division of Wildlife Hunting Information
Living With Wildlife in Bear County
Living With Wildlife in Mountain Lion Country
Air Force Academy Fishing Regulations
Colorado Division of Wildlife Fishing Information
To Report Bear Activity to Natural Resources, please send an e-mail to Bear.Watch@usafa.af.mil