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Leftover Big G​​ame, OTC Fall Turkey & Reissued Licenses

​Leftover licenses, as well as over-the-counter fall turkey licenses are on sale now ​online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents​. New this year, eligible returned ​licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.

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Reissue Preview​ List​

Eligible ​licenses will be reissued through​ the leftover license process. ​​The Reissue Preview list will be published every Monday, at 3 p.m. Hunt codes on the Reissue Preview list will be available for purchase the next day, Tuesday, at 9 a.m.​ For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page​.​

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

A preset number of licenses are available on a first-​come, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. These are called licenses “with ca​​​ps” and​ are on sale now ​online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents​. ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Big Game Unlimited Licenses ​​

These are available to both resident and nonresident hunters. They are sold online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at license agents​ and CPW locations around the state. There are an unlimited number of these licenses that may be purchased any time up until the day before your hunting season starts. After the season starts, they are available at CPW offices only, except for archery elk OTC licenses and plains elk OTC licenses, which can be purchased at any license agent. For more information, please view the Leftover & OTC Licenses​ page​.​

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

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


​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!

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​​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 women.

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Kn​ow Before You Go

Closures of areas can change quickly and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, learn about closures and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt. For more information, please visit the Road Closures and Alerts page​.​​

​Elk Hunters GMU 171 Limited Access Opportunity

Hunters with an archery OTC License or a rifle elk license for GMU 171 can apply for limited access permits to hunt on Yarmony Ranch SWA.​

For deadlines and more details, see the Yarmony Limited Access flyer​.


​​Regulation Brochures​

Big game brochure​ Sheep Goat brochure

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.

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 Colorado Hunting Atlas

The Colorado Hunting Atlas allows users to view big game concentrations and game management units on top of street maps, USGS topographic maps or high resolution color aerial photography.

 Draw Recap Report and Hunting Statistics

In an effort to assist Colorado's big game hunters applying for the draw, Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides draw and hunting season information​. These reports show how many licenses were available , how many hunters applied and more.

>> ​​Learn More.​​​