PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE


NOTIFICATIONS

A student at Colorado State University is asking for volunteer hunters to take a survey that will help with a study they are conducting.  This survey information is located below (with a hyperlink that takes you to the survey) and you will be presented with the survey link, as an acknowledgement when checking in for your downrange pass.  If you have completed this survey here, just press the acknowledgement, to bypass the survey, or you can take it when receiving the acknowledgement by going to the hyperlink seen on the acknowledgement.  The survey will open in a different window so your checkin procedure will not be interrupted.  Information about the survey is below:

  • ​​This survey is voluntary and completion of it is not required in order to use the iSportsman website.  The appearance of this survey on this website does not signify endorsement by the Directorate of Public Works, Fort Carson. or the United States Army.  Any view or opinions expressed in the survey are those of the survey's creator.
  • This survey is for education purposed only, and will contribute to an undergraduate student thesis at Colorado State University.  The objective of the survey is to collect information on common ammunition types and hunting practices in Colorado.  All responses will be anonymous, and your input will be incredibly valuable.  The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.  Thank you for your time!  Press the following hyperlink to be taken to the survey:  http://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3yEPaaCPJovvhbL 

PCMS CLOSURES during Fall 2019 Hunting Season (Subject to Change)

Thurs Oct 17 - Two Track Roads CLOSED from 11AM - 9PM due to Red Flag Warning (high winds, high temps & low humidity)

Thurs & Fri Oct 17 - 18 DZ Pronghorn CLOSED 1000-1600 hrs daily.

Oct 25-26 Range 9 CLOSED

Nov 4-7 TA 2 CLOSED

Nov 12-15  Various areas CLOSED

Nov 18 - 20 Small Arms Range CLOSED

This page last updated 10/16/2019

GENERAL INFORMATION

Due to the increase in military training exercises at PCMS, more demands are being placed on a limited biological resources staff to support the training tempo.  As a result, we are generally closed to all forms of recreation Mid May - August and reopen in September (please continue to check back as additional closures may occur due to the military training schedule).  However, we will be open one weekend each month during the summer to allow for recreation.  Dates will be posted above for open weekends in June, July and August. Camping at Hill Ranch is allowed during these times.

Please remember: Hunts during the month of September for Over-the-Counter (OTC) pronghorn archery, OTC elk archery and elk muzzleloader (draw) are all multi-unit hunts which are valid for many other units besides Unit 142 (PCMS).  

Specific range and training area closures will be printed your down range pass.  Training area closures and/or road closures (due to inclement weather) will be posted at the top this web page.

A permit is required for all recreational activities (hunting, horseback riding, hiking, photography, scouting, birding, etc.) on the PCMS. The permit is valid for both PCMS and Fort Carson.

 

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

The PCMS entry gate is located at Mile Marker 24, about 35 miles northeast of Trinidad, CO and 50 miles southeast of La Junta, CO on US Highway 350.  PCMS is 35 miles from the nearest grocery store or gas station, so plan accordingly.

Trinidad to PCMS map click HERE                                                                              

La Junta to PCMS map click HERE

 

PCMS HOURS OF RECREATION, CHECK-IN PROCEDURES AND GATE ACCESS INFORMATION

Open weekdays and weekends Sept 1st through May 26th (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-25)
Gate Check in time is 4:00 AM.  During fall hunts, check-out time will be adjusted as daylight gets shorter.

Checkin times for all hunts are 4:00 AM.                                                                                                                                                           Checkout time for Spring Turkey is 9:30 PM.                                                                                                                                                     Check out times for Fall 2018 hunts are: 9:00 PM Sept 1 - Sept 30,  8:30 PM Oct 1- Nov 2,  8:00 PM Nov 3 - Jan 31 (2020)
Late checkouts will result in an automatic administrative hold on the account. Do not check out late!!!

You may use your smart phone or PC to check in, but you must check out at the kiosk.  Additionally, you must clearly write your permit number and the date on a piece of paper and display it on your dashboard if the kiosk does not print your downrange pass.  Preprinted forms are available at the hunter check-in shed.

A gate access code is required for entry outside of regular business hours (6:00 am - 5:00 pm weekdays).  The access code is provided during the iSportsman check-in process.

 

PCMS RECREATION SAFETY BRIEFINGS

Recreation Safety Briefings are now available online.   If you have specific questions that are not answered in the online briefing you may stop by our office in Bldg 300 (Rm C-50) or call 719-503-6529 to talk to one of our wildlife biologists. Call 719-503-6124 if you military or contractor and are trying to schedule a site visit or training range.

 

FORT CARSON HUNTING AND FISHING REGULATIONS (FC 200-6)

The current FC/PCMS Regulation 200-6, "Wildlife Management and Recreation" can be viewed by clicking HERE.

 

COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE (CPW) HUNTING AND FISHING REGULATIONS

To learn more about Colorado hunting and fishing regulations from Colorado Parks & Wildlife click HERE or download the brochures:
Big Game
Sheep & Goat
Turkey

Small Game                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Note: These PDFs may take awhile to open.)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions About Hunting at PCMS
In order to hunt on PCMS you will need to do the following:

 

  1. Review the online recreation safety brief.
  2. Purchase an annual recreational permit online (to view the permit fees click HERE)
  3. Register your firearms (to find out how to register your firearms and download firearms registration form click HERE)
  4. Check the PCMS web page on the iSportsman website prior to coming to PCMS for any closures (military training or weather related)
  5. Check in at the kiosk or online to print a down range pass prior to heading downrange, and 
    then check out on time at the kiosk when you leave (you cannot check out via your PC, cell phone etc.)

Click here for more FAQ.

 

PCMS PHOTOS

2018 Hunt Photos now online.

We love to see your photos. Please submit any that you would like to share.
Check out the photos that have already been submitted and tips for taking great harvest photos (see links below). 

 

B&C SCORE SHEETS 

The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt, along with other visionaries in 1887. The B & C Score sheets provide a method by which hunters can score their harvest. The sheets calculate both the gross size (overall antler/horn size with out any deductions) and the final size (which includes the deductions that occur with any loss of symmetry between the antlers/horns). The information on the B & C sheets is analyzed and utilized by the wildlife biologists at PCMS and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife each year prior to developing the hunting management plans for the area. PCMS requires that a B & C Score Sheet is submitted for any animal harvested with horns or antlers. Below is an example of a correctly completed B & C Sheet.

Sample B & C Sheet

 

HUNTING DATA

The PCMS biologists would like to extend a big "thank you" to all the hunters who have provided their B&C scores sheets. Summaries of the data collected from the 2013 - 2018 hunting seasons at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) are available below. Click the links to download a more detailed report. 

2013 PCMS Hunting Report
2014 PCMS Hunting Report                                                                                                                                                                                  2015 PCMS Hunting Report                                                                                                                                                                                 2016 PCMS Hunting Report  
2017 PCMS Hunting Report                                                                                                                                                                                 2018 PCMS Hunting Report                                                                                                                                                    

HAVE YOU SEEN AN AUDAD?
We haven't seen one in a few years, but if you do you can take it with a valid CO hunting license.  Be sure you know the difference between an audad and a bighorn sheep.  audad flier

 

ATTENTION BOBCAT HUNTERS
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has released Canada lynx in southwest Colorado and this threatened species can now potentially be found throughout the state. Please report any sightings to the CPW office and be very careful not to shoot a lynx while bobcat hunting.
CPW small game brochure link.

 

Lynx ID