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​Over-the-counter Bear Licenses with Caps ON SALE NOW!

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

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Leftover Big Game, Over-the-counter Fall Turkey & Reissued Licenses ON SALE NOW!

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New last year, eligible returned licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.

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

NEW - ​The Reissue Process

​The reissue of big game limited licenses began on August 1, 2017.

  1. ​There will no longer be a reissue preview list.

  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 on business days from 9 AM to 4 PM.​​ ​​

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


​​Over-the-counter Big Game Unlimited Licenses ON SALE NOW!

Cow elk

These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited OTC 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. They are restricted to certain units and manners of take.​

For game management units and dates, refer to the "Over the Counter License Availability" section in the Maps page and the big game brochure​​.​​

These licenses are listed in the online​ system without a hunt code or by asking for the specific OTC license by phone at 1-800-244-5613​ or in person.​ OTC whitetail deer licenses are only available at CPW offices

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2017 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.

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IMPORTANT: License Refund, Reissue & Exchange Changes​ for 2017
 ​For updates on Colo​rado Parks & Wildlife's Refund, Reissue and Exchange policies, please visit the Refund, Reissue & Exchange​ page​.​​
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Hunter Education​

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

​Youth Expands!​

CPW now offers youths more opportunities than 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.


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.​​​

Apply for Private Land Hunts in NW CO 

Elk & mule deer hunt opportunities available in Rio Blanco County. Eligibility & applications: Collins Mountain Ranch or Miller Creek Ranch. Both due at the office by 5pm, Oct 6.

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2017 Hunting Guide

Buy your copy online or in a wildlife area office. Or subscribe ​and get the hunting guide free!


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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Colorado Big-Game Hunting Forecast

This video provides statewide and regional forecasts for the 2017 Colorado big-game seasons.