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​​​​​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. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Big Game Leftover and OTC Licenses Available

Leftover limited licenses, over-the-counter with caps licenses and over-the-counter unlimited licenses are still available. For the license lists and more detail on the availability o​​​f licenses, see the Hunting Licenses​ page.​

​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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​​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 ofstreet maps, USGS topographic maps or high resolution color aerial photography.

 Big Game Harvest Surveys

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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