Colorado's Small Game Walk-In Access (WIA) Program is based on a simple concept – allow landowners an easy and beneficial opportunity to allow public hunting access, while offering the hunters convenient access to thousands of acres of privately owned land. Since Program inception, hundreds of landowners have offered land for enrollment and hunters have been given access to excellent hunting opportunities across the state.
The WIA program’s strength is the partnerships that have been created with hundreds of landowners, numerous non-profit community groups, and thousands of hunters that use the program. Colorado's program is different from some other programs in that in addition to delivering the program through our field staff, we also enter into cooperative agreements with 8-10 local non-profit service or conservation groups to assist with delivery. This greatly widens the WIA Program's exposure to landowners.
To maximize hunter convenience and opportunity, the Division targets a diverse mix of properties for enrollment, including properties for pheasants, dove, bobwhite and scaled quail, ducks, geese, and general small game. Under current regulations, access is not provided for big game, sage grouse, or gambel's quail hunting, which remain directly under the landowner's control.