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Leftover Day Purchasing Guide​​

See the step-by-step guide to purchasing leftover licenses through​

Building a Leftover Day Strategy

It’s important that you do your homework, build a solid strategy and are ready to pull the trigger when sales start on 9 AM Tuesday morning.​ A surefire winning strategy is to find several hunt codes for each species that you would like to hunt. 

Read more about planning your leftover day strategy at​.


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2018 OTC with Caps List​

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Licenses with Caps (bear, elk)

NEW - Licenses with Caps are now available for purchase online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.​​​​​​​​​​​

What are licenses "with caps"?

Licenses "with caps" are a preset number of licenses available on a first-come, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. 

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2018 Leftover List​

Leftover Big Game, OTC Fall Turkey & Reissued Licenses

NEW - Leftover licenses are now available for purchase online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.​​​​​​​​​​​

Eligible returned licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.

IMPORTANT: For August 7 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.

​The Reissue Process

  1. ​The reissue of big game limited licenses will begin on August 14, 2018.

  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 Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM MDT.​​ ​​

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


2018 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.


Hunter Education​

Hunter Education Courses are offered throughout the year and through​out the state. Find a course at a pla​ce and time to fit your schedule! Read more​.

Kn​ow Before You Go

Hunter alert: ​Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about closures and plan alternative routes​ & areas to hunt.​

Youth Expands!​

One of the foremost goals ​at CPW is to expand youth opportunity and turn first-time hunters into lifelong sportsmen and womenRead more.​​​​

Meeker Area Public Hunts - Apply for Free​

Eligible hunters with specific licenses can apply for a limited number of free unguided private property elk & deer hunts this fall. Apply by Aug 10.

GMU 171 Limited Access Opportunity

Elk Hunters - Archery OTC License (due Aug 3) or rifle elk license (due Aug 31) holders for GMU 171 can apply for limited access permits to hunt on Yarmony Ranch SWA. More details: see flyer​.

Flu​ores​cent Pink Approved!

In the spring of 2016, Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 16-068 concerning wearing fluorescent pink garments to hunt big game. This change went into effect August 10, 2016. Find out what this means for hunters. For details about this alternative hunter safety color, please read the Authorized Fluorescent Pink fact sheet.

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2018 Preference Point Issue (Jan/Feb)

The very popular photo issue of Colorado Outdoors is now available! B​uy your copy online or in a wildlife area office, or subscri​betoday!​​