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2018 Application Changes in ​New Purchasing ​System​​​​​​​

​​​Plan Ahead For Applying

Limited license big game applications will open March 1st, 2018. Be sure to read the 7 Key Changes for Limited License Hunting Applications​. 

The application deadline is April 3rd, 2018. All application corrections must be submitted by April 3rd, 2018. 


Limited License Apps Now Paperless

​​​Starting in 2018, all resident and nonresident applications for all big game (including bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose) and turkey will only be accepted online​ or by phone: 1-800-244-5613.​​




​​Summary of Changes

To ensure a smooth application process we are encou​raging all hunters to get into the new system early and review your information BEFORE APPLYING for the draw.
Existing hunt​ers MUST LOOK UP your CPW account using your CID and confirm personal information, including preference points. 

​If your driver's license was issued or renewed within the past 6 ​months, you will need to confirm your residency at a CPW office or by emailing documents to our hunt planning team at​.​


​Find additional information, on our Frequently Asked Questions About the New Purchasing System page. 

Hunt Planning Resources

Notice: Hunters Applying for Licenses within Walk-in Access Properties in Lincoln, Crowley Counties

​The landowner of a large Walk-in Access property, which offered big game hunting access last year as part of the pilot, is NOT going to enroll the ranch for 2018. Please note this change if you had planned to apply for a big game hunting license with the intent to hunt on this property. See the “hunter notification map.”



2018 Sheep & Goat and Big Game Brochures

​​​The Sheep & Goat Brochure​ and the Big Game Brochure are available online, at most local offices and license agents.

Don't get caught by surprise! We encourage sportsmen and women to review​ the "What's New" section of the brochures​ for a list of new regulations, new unit boundaries, new processes and much more.


Hunter Education​

Hunter Education Courses are offered throughout the year and throughout the state. Find a course at a pla​ce and time to fit your schedule! Read more​.

​2018 Group Hunts

Understand the application process and l​earn the rules for group size, variations by species and residency restrictions before planning your hunt. Read this step-by-step guide for big game group hunts​.

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Kn​ow Before You Go

Hunter alert: ​Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) & your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about closures and plan alternative routes & areas to hunt.​ More information: Road Closure​​s and Alerts.​​​​

 Youth Expands!​

CPW now offers youths more opportunities tha​n ever before to head into the field to harvest a big-game animal. One of the foremost goals ​at CPW is to expand youth opportunity and turn first-time hunters into lifelong sportsmen and womenRead more.

Flu​ores​cent Pink Approved!

In the spring of 2016, Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 16-068 concerning wearing fluorescent pink garments to hunt big game. This change went into effect August 10, 2016. Find out what this means for hunters. For details about this alternative hunter safety color, please read the Authorized Fluorescent Pink fact sheet.

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2018 Preference Point Issue (Jan/Feb)

The very popular photo issue of Colorado Outdoors is now available! B​uy your copy online or in a wildlife area office, or subscri​betoday!​​