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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.​​​​

Please note: Due to the reissue process, exchanges and refunds CANNOT be processed between the hours of 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Mondays and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. Please visit our offices before noon on Monday or after 9:00 a.m. o​n Tuesday to have your exchange or refund processed.

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


View over-the-counter with caps license list buttonOver-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 caps” 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​.

Leftover Big Game & OTC Fall Turkey Licenses on Sale August 2

Leftover licenses, as well as over-the-counter fall turkey licenses, go on sale at 9 am on August 2 in person and by phone. They go on sale online at midnight August 3.​ The reissue of big game limited license will also begin on August 2. Eligible returned ​licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.​ A preview list of available leftover and reissued license will be made available on July 27. More information: Leftover & OTC Licenses​

​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 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.

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