Hunting in South Fork

Aspen Ridge Cabins serves as a great basecamp for three big-game hunting units offering trophy elk and deer: Units 76, 79 and 80. These are draw-only units for deer, so check with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for limited license application deadlines (no over-the-counter deer licenses are available for these units).

Licenses are also available for: Bear, Moose, Pronghorn, Mountain Lion, Bighorn Sheep and a variety of small game, water fowl, and birds.

2017 Season Particulars for Out of State Hunters

Units 79 and 80 have Over the Counter Either Sex Elk licenses available for Archery. Archery season runs 8/26 – 9/24.

Unit 80 has Bull Elk Rifle Over the Counter licenses available for second and third rifle seasons. Seasons run 10/21 – 10/29 for second season and 11/4 – 11/12 for third.

An out of state license is $644, plus $10 for the Habitat Stamp.

Big Game License Options

Colorado offers several types of big game licenses and options for purchasing them. Hunters – both resident and nonresident – can select hunts from archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons by species and by Game Management Units, called GMUs. Colorado offers nine big game species.

Licenses are sold from three main categories:

Limited Licenses (through an application & draw process in early April)
Over-the-Counter Licenses (available in mid-July)
Leftover Limited Licenses (available in early August)

To ensure you have a license to hunt this fall, check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Fishing in South Fork


For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (April 1 – March 31 annually).

Buy Online





Annual (16 and older)$26.00$56.00
Small Game & Fishing combo (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)$41.00N/A
Senior Annual (64 years and older)
Colorado residents only
2nd Rod Stamp (Available to licensed residents, licensed nonresidents and youth under 16 years, licensed or unlicensed.)$5.00$5.00
Youth (Under 16 – second-rod charge still applies)FreeFree
Fees include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a .75 cent Wildlife Council fee. A $10 Habitat Stamp will be added to 1st license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).