PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE


NOTIFICATIONS

Training Area Closures: Military training will be ongoing during Sept & Oct.  This will result in some areas being closed to hunting.

***2 Track Roads Closed Sun 24 Sept. and Mon 25 Sept.  Stay on MSRs Only***

All areas open Sept 14 - 25. 

Range 9 Closed Tue Sept 26 - Wed Sept 27

THIS PAGE LAST UPDATED 9/23/2017

 

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 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). 

Specific range and training area closures will be posted in the hunter check station and listed in iSportsman when you print your down range pass.  Training area closures and/or road closures (due to inclement weather) may also be posted at the top 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).  

 

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 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.  Check-out time will be adjusted as daylight gets shorter.

Check out time is 9 PM during Sept.
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.  No Paper Check-in'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 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 2017 RECREATION SAFETY BRIEFINGS (Conference Room of Bldg 300 at PCMS)

Safety Briefings are an annual requirement.  The briefings are held in the conference room of Building 300 (the one with the flag pole) at PCMS.  All dates and times posted below are firm.  Please DO NOT call to ask the status of the dates and times.  If there are any changes they will be posted below in RED lettering.

August 31          1:00                           NEW: September 8 @ 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)                              

If you plan to hunt ONLY at PCMS, we strongly recommend you take the PCMS safety brief. We also 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.  Permits are only available online.  We no longer sell permits for cash during the safety briefs.

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.

 

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. 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 (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

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?
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