PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE


General Information and Access

SPRING TURKEY - Open thru May 21.   CLOSED for all recreation May 29 - Aug 31.

You may use your smart phone or PC to check in, but you must check out at the kiosk.  No Paper Checkin's Allowed.  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 in the hunter shed.

Gate access code changes frequently and is provided during iSportsman check-in process.

Check out time is 9:00 PM.
Late checkouts will result in an automatic administrative hold on the account. Do not check out late!!!

THIS PAGE LAST UPDATED 5/19/2017

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 closed to recreation June - August and reopen in September (please continue to check back as additional closures may occur due to the military training schedule).  Recreational opportunities with extended hours begin during the fall and continue through early winter (Sept-Jan).

Specific range and training area closures will be posted in the hunter check station and listed in iSportman when you print your down range pass.  Training area closures and/or road closures (due to inclement weather) may aslo be posted on the this web page.


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

Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site Hours

Open weekdays and weekends Sept 1st through May 29th (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Dec 23-26 and January 1st)
Hours are currently 4:00 a.m. to  9:00 p.m.

PCMS RECREATION SAFETY BRIEFS 2017

      
March 31           1:00
April  7               1:00
August 31          1:00
September 20    1:00
October 6           1:00 & 6:00
October 13         1:00
October 20         1:00 & 6:00
November 3       1:00 & 6:00
November 14     1:00
November 24     1:00
November 30     1:00 & 6:00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dec 2017 & Jan 2018                                                                                                                                                                                              By Appointment Only (Call 719-503-6529)                              

Safety Briefings are an annual requirement. The briefings are held in Building 300 (the one with the flag pole in front) in the conference room. Permits are only available online. We no longer sell permits for cash during the safety briefs. 

If you plan to hunt ONLY at PCMS, we strongly recommend you take the PCMS safety brief. We recommend that you purchase your recreation permit prior to the class, as we will need your permit # in order to activate your recreation permit immediately after the class.

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.

To learn more about the state hunting rules and regulations, view the CPW brochures.
Big Game
Sheep & Goat
Turkey
(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. Attend an annual downrange recreation safety brief (See schedule for PCMS above.)
  2. Purchase an annual recreational permit online (to view the permit fees click HERE)
  3. Register your firearms (download the form HERE)
  4. Check the PCMS schedule 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

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). (Blank B & C score sheets can be downloaded here.) 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/antlers) and it is important that the form is filled out correctly. 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 (99%) who provided their B&C scores sheets. Summaries of the data collected from the 2013, 2014 & 2015 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                                                                                                                                                                  

HAVE YOU SEEN AN AUDAD?
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