Boulder County manages elk at Ron Stewart Preserve using limited hunting and other resource management tools.
2023-24 Hunting Season
Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain will be closed Monday and Tuesday from Oct. 2 through Jan. 28 for elk management through limited hunting. If hunters are successful early in the week, the park will be reopened the following day. The park is open Wednesday through Sunday and on the following days:
- Nov. 20-21 OPEN (Thanksgiving week)
- Dec. 25-26 OPEN (Christmas week)
- Jan. 15-16 OPEN (Martin Luther King Jr. week)
Hunters for the 2023 hunting season has already been selected and the program is closed to additional hunters. Two hunters will be granted a one-week access permit to hunt on open space each week during the season. Hunters can take advantage of the closure to hunt on Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain on only the closed days, Monday and Tuesday. However, they may hunt the other areas (Indian Mountain and the Cushman Property) on any of the other days of their permit. All hunters will have passed a shooting proficiency test and attended an orientation. Learn more about hunting on open space.
This hunting program is solely and specifically permitted as a resource management tool. There is no cost to the hunter beyond the existing Colorado Parks and Wildlife license system and Boulder County does not receive any additional revenue. Recreational hunting at Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain or any other open space property is strictly prohibited.