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Please Read:  License Refund Changes​

New changes to the way CPW refunds licenses​
will take effect in April of 2016.

  • ​Refund applications due 30 days prior to season start.
  • $15 refund processing fee to cover administration costs.​

>> Read the full refund update.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​Come Hunt With Us!​​​​​​
  • Leftover limited licenses for elk are still available. ​Leftover limited licenses are licenses that have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. For more information, see the Leftover Licenses​ page.​​​

  • Over-the-counter unlimited 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 bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons, either-sex elk in the plains and e​ither-sex whitetail deer. These licenses are restricted to certain units and manners of take. For more information, please see the maps off the Maps​​ page or the 2015 big gam​e 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.​​

​If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.1192.​ If you are purchasing a license, you must provide proof of hunter education​:  hunter education card​ or a Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​License Retailers  ​​​​

Stop by hundreds of retailers​ and buy your license in person.  

Purchase By Phone

Toll free 1-800-244-5613​

​​​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.​