It’s April, and that means it’s time to secure licenses

Nothing like April to make you think of spring, taxes and turkey hunting.

Or getting a 2015 hunting and fishing license, for that matter.

It’s not like you had to wait for April 1 to get those 2015 tags — the 2015 turkey licenses went on sale March 11 — but now it’s time you have one to fish, hunt and putter around on that ATV.

The spring turkey season begins April 11 and runs through May 24 in most of the valid turkey units, but a few units differ. A complete list of hunt units and dates is available at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, cpw.state.co.us.

A resident turkey license (different from the small-game license) costs $21, and hunters under the age of 18 pay $11.

That 2015 resident fishing license costs $26 with a second-rod stamp another $5. Youngsters 15 and under don’t need the annual license but do need to purchase a second-rod stamp if applicable.

All those anglers 64 and up get the senior discount treatment, paying only $1 for a license, although they’re likely the ones who can afford the full price.

If you want to double-dip, as in hunt turkeys in the morning and fish in the afternoon, that resident fishing/small-game combo tag is $41.

There’s also the $10 Colorado Habitat Stamp, again for license buyers from 18 to 64 years of age.

Mountain lion hunters now enjoy an extra month, through April, for hunting, but they, too, must buy a new license as of April 1. That license will be valid for all mountain lion seasons through March 31, 2016.

Annual registration fee for off-highway vehicles is $25.25 and was due April 1.

According to the Parks and Wildlife website, boat registration runs Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and fees are tied to the length of the boat.

Boats less than 20 feet in length are $35.25; 20 feet to less than 30 feet in length, $45.25; and 30 feet or longer, $75.25.

More information is available at cpw.state.co.us.


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