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Over-the-counter (OTC) and over-the-counter with caps (bear and elk) licenses will be available for sale 
​onli​​ne, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or CPW locations​ and license agents​ starting Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 9am.​​​ 

  • Big Game over-the-counter with caps licenses (bear and elk) are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served starting at 9am​ MDT​ o​n July 21. The list of over- the-counter with​ caps will be online on July 14. Please note that over-the-counter with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Within the 2015 Big Game Brochure, please see page 59 for bear and page 33 for elk. 

  • Big Game unlimited over-the-counter licenses are licenses that are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited over- the-counter licenses for cow and either-sex archery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons, either-sex elk in the plains, either-sex archery pronghorn, and doe and either-sex whitetail deer. These licenses are restricted to certain units and manners of take. For more information, please see the Maps page or ​​the 2015 big game brochure (pages 30, 34-37 and 49). These licenses are listed in the online system without a hunt code or by asking for the specific OTC license by phone or in person.​ OTC whitetail deer licenses are only available at CPW offices.​

  • Leftover big game limited licenses and OTC turkey licenses will be on sale in p​erson​ at CPW locations ​and license agents, and by phone at 1-800-244-5613,​ ​starting​ 9am MDT on Tuesday, August 4. They will be available for sale online starting at midnight​ MDT​ on August 5. Leftover limited licenses are licenses that have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. The list of leftover licenses available for purchase ​will be available online July 28.

If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.1192.​

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Purchase By Phone

Toll free 1-800-244-5613

Over-the-counter (OTC) and over-the-counter with caps (bear and elk) licenses will be available for sale online, in person, and by phone on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 9am.​

​​Things to know when buying online or by phone 

  • The 2015 license year runs from 4/1/2015-3/31/2016. 2015 annual, one-day, mountain lion, and spring turkey licenses went on sale on March 11, 2015.

  • Customers may use Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. Visa, MasterCard​, or Discover debit cards work if they can be used without a PIN. Licenses are mailed the business day following the purchase.

  • Customers must have completed all the requirements for Hunter Education before applying for or buying a hunting license or before applying for a preference point.

  • In most cases, licenses purchased online or over the phone will reach you by mail within 10 days or you may pick up your license at a license agent location or Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.

  • Except for big game, Turkey licenses, and the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, a temporary authorization number (TAN) may be substituted for the license(s) purchased for 14 days from the date of purchase. Please print or write down (must be legible) the TAN and carry it with you while hunting or fishing until you receive your license. If the license OR all of the licenses you purchase in this transaction expire in less than 7 days, you will NOT receive anything in the mail. A temporary authorization number (TAN) is all you need for 1 or 5 day fishing or small game hunting licenses. 

  • When you receive your license, review it for accuracy and sign it to validate it. If there are any issues, please contact the call center at (303) 297-1192 or a CPW office.

  • Telephone sales representatives at 1-800-244-5613 are trained to sell licenses and do not know specific wildlife-related information for Colorado. For questions not related to the sale of licenses, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (303) 297-1192.​