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Big Game Hunting Fees and Requirements are Changing in 2019

With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143​​​, CPW is able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our​ conservation mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the ten key goals laid ou​t in the bill. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Big game license fees and application requirements are changing in 2019. Learn more about the approved 2019 Big Game License Fee​​ updates, and visit the Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions for additional information on new 2019 Big Game application requirements.​​​​


Big Game Season Overview


Watch the video​ to see an overview of some of the major changes affecting this year's big-game seasons. Be sure to read the entire "what's new" page in the brochures before purchasing a​ license or hunting this fall. ​

Big Game Hunting Regulations Brochure​​s

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

Licenses with Caps are 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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​Leftover Big Game & Reissued 

Purchase leftover licenses 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.

Leftover Purchasing Guide​​

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

​For more information, read the Leftover & OTC Licenses page.

​The Reissue Process

  1. ​The reissue of big game limited licenses began 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 are randomly put on the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM MDT.​​ ​​

Visit the License Refund and Reissue for more information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


​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.

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.​​​​​​

​Kn​ow before you go

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

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.

Big Game Harvest Survey

Big Game Harvest Survey

​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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2018 Hunting Guide by Colorado Outdoors

Find stories on common infractions, protecting your gear, dove, geese, mule deer, pronghorn and wood ducks. B​uy your copy online or in an office, or subscri​betoday!​​