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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Leftover Big G​​ame, OTC F​all 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​s

Eligible ​licenses will be reissued through​ the leftover license process. ​​The Reissue Preview list will be published every Monday, at 3 p.m. Hunt code​s will be available for purchase the next day, Tuesday, at 9 a.m.​ Note: If license season has r​y started, the license must be purchased at a CPW office. For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page​.​

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

A preset number of licenses are available o​n a first-​come, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. These are called licenses “with ca​​​s” 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​.​

2016 Hunt Guide coverBig Game Hunting Forecast

With rifle seasons just around the corner, be sure to read the inside information and tips from CPW biologists before heading out. For a printed version of the forecast and more interesting articles to prepare you for your next hunting trip​, be sure to pick up the 2016 Colorado Outdoors Hunting Guide!

Coming to Colorado to Hunt Elk or Deer during the Rifle Seasons? 

Some of the most frequent questions CPW receives from people planning to hunt big game in Colorado include: 

  1. Am I able to refund/transfer/exchange my license?
  2. ​Why was I charged a fee for my Preference Point?
  3. I held an either sex or bull elk license for a previous season. Am I then able to purchase an over the counter bull elk license for the second or third rifle season as well?
  4. Can I carry a handgun with me while I am hunting?
For answers, see the Big Game Season FAQ. Check out the Plan Your Hunt page and Big Game Hunting Quick Guide for more helpful information. 

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 Closures and Alerts.​​​

​​​​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. Read more.​​​​​​

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.

Big Game Harvest Surveys

Annual Big Game Harvest SurveyColo​rado 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.​

>> Read More.​​​​​​