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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​.​​​ ​

  • Over-the-counter with caps licenses (bear and elk) are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served. 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. Buy your over-the-counter with caps licenses today​!​

  • 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 ar​​chery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons, either-sex elk in the plains, either-sex archery pronghorn, and doe 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.​

  • Leftover 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.​​​


​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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​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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Elk hunting University​

CPW's Hunter Outreach Program, with the assistance of field officers, Huntmasters, and partners from across the state, is pleased to provide an online educational program focusing on elk hunting in Colorado, Elk Hunting University​.​​

​Youth Hunting 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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 Colorado Hunting Atlas

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

 What's New 2015

Youth Hunting Open to More Species, More Seasons... Two regulation changes affect youth hunting this year, expanding youth opportunity to hunt around the state. For more information about youth hunting and other Big Game changes, view the Big Game Brochure.