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2017 OTC with Caps List​

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 caps” and are on sale now online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.​​​​​​​​​​​

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2017 Leftover List​

Leftover Big Game, OTC Fall Turkey & Reissued Licenses

Leftover licenses go on sale at 9 am on August 1 in person and by phone. They go on sale online at midnight August 2.​

New last year, eligible returned licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.

IMPORTANT: For August 1 Leftover Day, please check with your local CPW office​​​ as to their process and hours.

For more information, please visit the Leftover & OTC Licenses and License Refund & Reissue​ pag​es.

NEW - ​The Reissue Process

​The reissue of big game limited licenses will begin on August 1, 2017.

  1. ​There will no longer be a reissue preview list.

  2. All returned licenses that take 4 or less Preference Points in the current years draw will be available for purchase the week after processing is complete.

  3. Hunt codes will randomly be placed on the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists on business days from 9 AM to 4 PM.​​ ​​

For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​


​​​Over-the-counter Unlimited Licenses Now Available!


​​Over-the-counter Unlimited Licenses - These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited OTC licenses for cow and either-sex arch​ery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons, either​​​-sex elk in the plains, either-sex archery pronghorn, and doe and either-sex whitetail deer. They are restricted to certain units and manners of take.​ For more information, please view the Big Game Brochure.​​​​​


2017 Sheep & Goat and Big Game Brochures

​​​The Sheep & Goat Brochure​ and the Big Game Brochure are available online, at most local offices and license agents.

Don't get caught by surprise! We encourage sportsmen and women to review​ the "What's New" section of the brochures​ for a list of new regulations, new unit boundaries, new processes and much more.

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IMPORTANT: License Refund, Reissue & Exchange Changes​ for 2017

​For updates on Colo​rado Parks & Wildlife's Refund, Reissue and Exchange policies, please visit the Refund, Reissue & Exchange​ page​.​​

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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.​​​

Crooked Wash Ranch Special Hunt

A free, private lands cow/calf elk hunt opportunity is available near Meeker. Fill out an application​ and find out more information​. Applications due at the Meeker office by July 28.


GMU 171 Limited Access Opportunity 

Elk Hunters - Archery OTC License (due Aug 16th, 2017) or rifle elk license (due Aug 31st, 2017) holders for GMU 171 can apply for limited access permits to hunt on Yarmony Ranch SWA. See the GMU 171 Yarmony flyer​ for more details.


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.

Flight for Wildlife: Mule Deer by the Number

Annual aerial inventories help estimate population, productivity & distribution of animals throughout the state.