Office of Outfitters Registration: News

Outfitter Contracts

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) is warning outfitters to avoid fines or disciplinary actions for failure to comply with contract requirements.

The Office of Outfitters Registration, housed within DPO, is seeing dozens of complaints each fiscal year for failure to include all necessary elements in contracts between outfitters and their hunting and/or fishing clients.

Some examples of these omissions include:

  • Statements indicating outfitters are regulated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies;
  • Statements indicating that clients can request proof of surety bond or insurance policies;
  • Descriptions of the type of services provided.

Seven statutory and 10 rule requirements comprise the bulk of the contract agreements between outfitters and clients. Repercussions for leaving out contract provisions are potentially hundreds of dollars in fines and/or discipline that could include, depending on the severity of the violations, probation, suspension or revocation by DPO’s Division Director.

Outfitters, upon receipt of a complaint, will be asked to supply a copy of the contract.

In order to educate its registrants on this important matter, the Office of Outfitters Registration will hold a 90-minute webinar on Jan. 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. to address this topic and take questions from the outfitter community. There also will be a review of new rules that went into effect Jan. 31, 2017.

A breakdown of contract requirements, Outfitters registration statute, rules and regulations, and a contract checklist also can be found on the Office's website.

Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Prohibited

It is unlawful for any person to engage in computer-assisted remote hunting in Colorado. C.R.S. 33-6-132.