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2018 Big Game Season Overview

 


Watch the video​ to see an overview of some of the major changes affecting this year's big-game seasons. Be sure to read the entire "what's new" page in the brochures before purchasing a​ license or hunting this fall. ​

Big Game Hunting Regulations Brochure​​s

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Over-The-Counter (OTC) Licenses with Caps (bear, elk)

NEW - Licenses with Caps are available for purchase online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.​​​​​​​​​​​

What are licenses "with caps"?

Licenses "with caps" are a preset number of licenses available on a first-come, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. 

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​Leftover Big Game & Reissued 
Licenses

NEW - Leftover licenses are available for purchase online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.​​​​​​​​​​​

Eligible returned licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.

Leftover Purchasing Guide​​

See the step-by-step guide to purchasing leftover licenses through CPWShop.com.​

​For more information, please visit the Leftover & OTC Licenses and License Refund & Reissue​ pag​es.

​The Reissue Process

  1. ​The reissue of big game limited licenses began on August 14, 2018.

  2. All returned licenses that take 4 or less Preference Points in the current years draw will be available for purchase the week after processing is complete.

  3. Hunt codes will randomly be placed on the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM MDT.​​ ​​

For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


​Hunter Education​

Hunter EducationCourses are offered throughout the year and through​out the state. 
Find a course at a pla​ce and time to fit your schedule.Read more​.


Youth Expands!​

One of the foremost goals ​at CPW is to expand youth opportunity and turn first-time hunters into lifelong sportsmen and womenRead more.​​​​​​

​Kn​ow Before You Go

Hunter alert: ​Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about fire, road closures and alerts. Plan alternative routes​ & areas to hunt.​​

Habitat Stamp

Habitat stamp Anyone aged 18 through 64 must buy a habitat stamp in order to buy or apply for a hunting or fishing license. Read more.

Big Game Harvest Survey

Big Game Harvest Survey

​Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin its annual big game harvest surveys​ mid October. Each year from October through mid-February the CPW contracts with an outside firm to collect hunt and harvest ​information from deer, elk and pronghorn hunters. Individual hunters are asked a series of questions related to their experience.

Not all hunters are eligible to take the survey. Only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by the CPW are eligible.​

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2018 Hunting Guide by Colorado Outdoors

Find stories on common infractions, protecting your gear, dove, geese, mule deer, pronghorn and wood ducks. B​uy your copy online or in an office, or subscri​betoday!​​