PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE
Checkout time has been extended until 930 PM for the month of September.
***We are currently open for hunting (See PCMS Closures below). However due to Corona Virus concerns, there is a possibility that hunting may be suspended at any time during the hunting season. This is at the discretion of the Commanding General (CG) of Fort Carson. We have notified CO Parks & Wildlife to make them aware of this issue and have been told by CPW personnel that they will work with hunters to restore preference points or refund license fees before the 15 day of the start of any season at Fort Caron or PCMS. Please see the Fort Carson iSportsman homepage for full details and info.***
Fall Bull Elk Hunts (2nd & 3rd OTC Rifle Seasons) - These hunts will be limited to 35 bull elk hunters/day. This is due to the increased popularity of these hunts in recent years which have resulted in over crowding. The iSportsman program will be capped at 35 hunters/day. Once it reaches max capacity, the system will not let you check in for either of these hunts. If you harvest a bull elk during this time, you must have checked in as a bull elk hunter.
4 Point Antler Restriction - Unlike Fort Carson, this is not an enforcible rule at PCMS (GMU 142). However, we kindly ask that you refrain from harvesting bulls that don't meet the requirement as described on page 36 of the 2020 CO Big Game Guide.
Attention Hunters-Don't Forget to:
- Sign the top of your license prior to hunting, and validate your carcass tag as soon as you harvest an animal
- Make sure you have your HIP number available if hunting small game
- Make sure you have evidence of sex naturally attached
- Keep your weapon cased and unloaded while transporting while on PCMS
- Leave a paper copy of your B&C Scoresheet in the black box if you harvest something with antlers or horns.
- CHECK OUT WHEN YOU ARE DONE HUNTING FOR THE DAY!!!
PCMS CLOSURES (Subject to Change)
Sept 21-24 Small Arms Ranges and part of Range 9 CLOSED. For Range 9 - Stay North of MSR 1 and NE of MSR 3. MSR 1 will remain OPEN.
Sept 21-25 TA 9 CLOSED
Oct 5-10 PCMS will be CLOSED to all recreation
Oct 19-30 PCMS will be CLOSED to all recreation
Nov 30-Dec 4 Small Arms Ranges CLOSED
This page last updated 9/21/2020
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).
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 only if you use the kiosk for check-in. Training area closures and/or road closures (due to inclement weather) will be posted at the top this web page.
A recreation permit is required for all activities (hunting, horseback riding, hiking, photography, scouting, birding, etc.) on the PCMS. The permit is valid for both PCMS and Fort Carson and may be purchased from this website after you set up a profile and watch the safety briefing.
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 Aug 29th through Jan 31st (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 2020 hunts are: 9:30 PM Aug 29 - Sept 30, 8:30 PM Oct 1- Nov 1, 8:00 PM Nov 2 - Jan 31 (2021)
Late checkouts will result in an automatic administrative hold on the account. Do not check out late!!!
You may now use your smart phone, tablet or PC to check in and to check out. Check out at the kiosk is no longer required. 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 or you use your personal electronic device to check in. Preprinted forms are also available at the hunter check-in shed.
A gate access code is required for entry outside of regular business hours (6:30 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 are military or a contractor and are trying to schedule a training range or a site visit.
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:
Sheep & Goat
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:
- Review the online recreation safety brief.
- Purchase an annual recreational permit online (to view the permit fees click HERE)
- Register your firearms (to find out how to register your firearms and download firearms registration form click HERE)
- Check the PCMS web page on the iSportsman website prior to coming to PCMS for any closures (military training or weather related)
- 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 may now check out via your cell phone, tablet, etc.)
Click here for more FAQ.
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.
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 - 2019 hunting seasons at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) are available below. Click the links to download a more detailed 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.