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Landowner Preference Program (LPP)
Landowner Preference Program (LPP)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Registration Deadline for 2015 license year has passed. Registration Deadline is December 01, 2015 to be eligible for the 2016 license year.​


Overview:

The Landowner Preference Program (LPP) was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons, and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.

With passage of Senate Bill 13-188, a new landowner preference system was created called the Landowner Preference Program.   The LPP replaces all previous landowner preference systems.  Starting July 1, 2014 in order to apply for landowner preference, the deeded landowner must register the deeded land with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) by December 1 to be eligible for the drawing the following year.  Early registration is highly encouraged.  LPP registrations are valid for up to five (5) years.

All registrations submitted will be audited and verified by the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer for compliance with eligibility requirements of this program.  Notice of any noncompliance will be provided in writing to the landowner and the landowner shall have thirty (30) days to resolve the noncompliance or withdraw the land from the LPP.  In addition, any false statement(s) made in connection with the registration or any subsequent application or voucher as a result of submitting a registration for landowner preference, may be prosecuted.

Landowner Preference Program is implemented under authority by:
     Colorado Revised Statutes:  Title 33, Article 4, 103
     Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regulations:  Chapter W2, 206, B, 4

 

Transfer of Existing Priority Preference Program Registrations:

Priority Preference Program registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were automatically transferred to the new Landowner Preference Program (LPP) on July 1, 2014.  Only active applications, preference points, and vouchers were transferred.  

Any transferred registration from the Priority Preference Program will be valid until the earliest of the following:
1)  the end of the 2016 hunting season; or
2) until the date when the ownership of the land is transferred to an ownership that is NOT within the immediate family*; or
3) until the date that the registration is no longer in compliance with the program.   

                    *see FAQ Questions #5a, #5b, and #5c for further details

For the 2014 hunting seasons, all Priority Preference Program vouchers were issued under the statutes and regulations authorizing the Priority Preference Program.  Those statutes and regulations are still effective until the close of the hunting season for which any Priority Preference Program voucher(s) was awarded.  If you wish to see the previous Priority Preference Program, this is the link to the Priority Preference Program Archive.

An information packet will be mailed to all of the transferred Priority Preference Program registered landowners in August 2014.   

Definitions:

For the purposes of the Landowner Preference Program, the following definitions are used as defined by Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations (Chapter W2, 200, K):

  • Agricultural Land: means lands classified for the purposes of taxation as agricultural.
  • Broker:  means for a third party to transfer a voucher for compensation for any other consideration, or otherwise arrange for such transfer, on behalf of the landowner, or land manager or on behalf of any individual.
  • Land Manager:  means an individual designated in writing by the landowner who is 1) a ranch manager, property manager, business partner, employee, or relative of the landowner who has control of the property or 2) a licensed outfitter or other individual who has entered into a written agreement with the landowner for control of the hunting operations on the property, and who has a working knowledge of the property, including but not limited to, boundaries and access points.
  • Landowner:  means a person that owns private agricultural land in Colorado, as shown by a recorded deed.
  • Transfer:  means to buy, sell, assign, trade, exchange, acquire or otherwise arrange to buy, sell, assign, trade, exchange, acquire or dispose of a voucher.
  • Immediate Family:  means the landowner's spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, and sibling including in-law and step relations.
  • Voucher:  means a document issued by the division, authorizing the landowner or any individual to whom the document is lawfully transferred to purchase a hunting license for the unit, species, sex, and season printed on the document.
  • Landowner Preference Program (LPP):  means the license preference program for owners of private agricultural land established by § 33-4-103, Colorado Revised Statutes, and any implementing regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

 

Qualifications:

For a landowner as shown by a recorded deed to qualify for the Landowner Preference Program in Colorado, the land must meet all of the following qualifications:

  1. Be a minimum of 160 contiguous acres of private agricultural land; AND;
  2. Be inhabited by the species being applied for in significant numbers throughout the year or in substantial numbers for shorter times; AND;
  3. Provide for the species being applied for: wintering habitat, transitional habitat, calving areas, solitude areas, migration corridors, or provide a forage source; AND;
  4. Have a history of game damage or a huntable population of the species being applied for; AND;
  5. Be within a Game Management Unit (GMU) for which all rifle licenses are totally limited for the species (deer, elk, or pronghorn) being applied for; AND;

The landowner must agree that:

  1. The landowner will submit in writing any changes to information provided on the registration to Colorado Parks and Wildlife within thirty (30) days; AND;
  2. Vouchers shall only be transferred by the landowner or the landowner's designated land manager, if any, directly to an individual to be used by that individual for the purchase of a license; AND;
  3. A voucher that has been transferred by any person who is not the landowner or designated land manager is void.  A voucher that is brokered for another person is void.  A hunting license obtained for use with a void voucher is also void.  No person shall broker a voucher on behalf of any landowner or person, or use or possess any brokered voucher; AND;
  4. The transfer of a voucher by a landowner or designated land manager must include permission to access and hunt all of the land that is registered for which the voucher was awarded, and for the entire season for which the voucher was awarded; without discrimination among hunters entering the land or contain restrictions other than manner of access (i.e. foot, horseback, vehicular) reasonably necessary to prevent damage to land; AND;
  5. By participating in the Landowner Preference Program, the landowner shall be required to file any required reports using the forms provided by CPW; and those reports must be complete and correct, and submitted to CPW within thirty (30) days after the close of the season.

 

Registration Process:

The registration deadline is 11:59pm (MST) on December 1 to be eligible for the drawing the following year.  The registration must be properly completed AND submitted by the deadline.  Early registration is highly encouraged.    

There is no fee to submit a registration for the LPP.

A landowner may submit a registration online at Colorado LPP Registration. The landowner should have the following information ready before starting the online registration process:

  • Legal deeded name (exactly as it appears on the deed)
  • Physical address of land
    • If the land does not have a physical address, give location/directions. IE: 2 MI S OF CRAIG ON HWY 13 or 1 MI E OF CHATFIELD RESERVOIR
  • Contact information for a deeded owner (or officer if the land is held in a corporation or other legal entity) 
    • Name, mailing address, phone number, and email address
  • Game management unit (GMU) which the land is located within (GMU Map)
  • Deeded land detail
    • Township, Township Flag (N or S), Range, Range Flag (E or W), Section number, and acres in that section  (an acreage breakdown is required by section)
  • County tax assessor information​
    • Schedule number, county parcel number, or state parcel number from all the County Tax Assessor's notice(s) received for the land being registered
  • Species information  (indicate which species meet the qualifications)
  • Land Manager information (optional) IF a landowner wishes to designate a Land Manager at the time of registration.  If a landowner wishes to designate a Land Manager AFTER the registration has been submitted, you may use the Designated Land Manager form.  Only one land manager may be designated per registration.

If the land is deeded under different legal entities, a separate registration is required for each legal entity. In addition, if the land is located in more than one GMU, a separate registration is required for each GMU. In addition, each separate legal entity per GMU must qualify for landowner preference independently. See FAQ Questions #10a, #10b, and #10c for further details.

The registration deadline is 11:59pm (MST) December 1 to be eligible for the drawing for the following year.  The registration must be properly completed AND submitted by the deadline.  If a registration is submitted after the deadline, the registration will be processed for the following year plus oneExample
if a registration is submitted on December 1, 2014, the registration will be processed for the 2015 drawing;
if a registration is submitted on December 2, 2014, the registration will be processed for the 2016 drawing. 

Important: Only a deeded landowner, or officer if the land is held in a corporation or other legal entity, may submit a registration.


Registrations for the LPP are valid for up to five (5) years. 

Quota Pool Allocation:

Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn are the only species eligible for landowner preference.  Landowner preference is only available in a Game Management Unit (GMU) that is totally limited for ALL rifle licenses for the eligible species.  

This means:  If you are able to purchase an over-the-counter license for ANY rifle season for the GMU, there is no landowner preference for that species.  

For a species that is eligible for landowner preference in a GMU, quota will be allocated by hunt code according to the following table:

For all Game Management Units west of I-25: 

  • General Quota Pool:  10% of all general public quota may be issued as a voucher that is valid for the specific hunt code
  • Restricted Quota Pool:  10% of all general public quota may be issued as a voucher that is valid for the specific hunt code AND is restricted to Private-Land-Only

For all Game Management Units east of I-25:

  • General Quota Pool:  15% of all general public quota may be issued as a voucher that is valid for the specific hunt code
  • Restricted Quota Pool:  10% of all general public quota may be issued as a voucher that is valid for the specific hunt code AND is restricted to Private-Land-Only AND may only be transferred to an immediate family member* or youth**

* Immediate Family is defined in the Definitions section. 
** Youth means a person 12 to 17 years old who is an eligible hunter.

 

Application Allocation:

Registered landowners for the LPP will receive a number of applications based upon the number of deeded acres owned and properly registered. Applications will be allocated according to the following acreage tier table:

Registered Acres Number of applications
​160 to 639 acres​1 application
​640 to 1239 acres​1 application and 1 Private-Land-Only application*
​1240 to 1839 acres​2 applications
​1840 to 2439 acres​3 applications
​2440 to 3039 acres​4 applications
​3040 to 3639 acres​5 applications
​3640 to 4239 acres​6 applications
​4240 to 4839 acres​7 applications
​4840 to 5439 acres​8 applications
​5440 to 6039 acres​9 applications
6040 to 6639 acres​10 applications
​6640 to 7239 acres​11 applications
​7240 to 7839 acres​12 applications
​7840 to 8439 acres ​13 applications
​8440 to 9039 acres​14 applications
​9040 to 9639 acres​15 applications
​9640 to 10239 acres​16 applications
​10240 to 10839 acres​17 applications
​10840 to 11439 acres​18 applications
​11440 or more acres​19 applications  


* 1 Private-Land-Only application means:  If this application is successfully drawn for a voucher, the voucher issued will automatically be restricted to Private-Land-Only. 
Note:  Only the acreage tier 640 to 1239 receives an application that is restricted to Private-Land-Only. 

 

Application Process: 

Important: CPW is currently developing an online application process for the LPP.  When an online application process is created, the registered landowner will no longer receive paper applications in the mail, but will receive a letter stating how the landowner may apply online. 


After a properly completed registration has been submitted, an application packet is mailed to the landowner for each eligible species indicated on the registration (see Quota Pool Allocation for further details about eligible species).  A separate envelope will be mailed for each eligible species.  Application packets are mailed by the middle of February.  This is about the same time as the Big Game Brochure is available.

The application packet contains:  the appropriate number of applications based upon the total deeded acres on the registration, with leftover choice options, and instructions.  

Application and leftover choice options deadline is the first Tuesday in April – the same as the application deadline for the general public.

LPP applications are NOT a guaranteed a license (voucher); there is still a draw process.

On the application and leftover choice options, the landowner will choose if the hunt code(s) submitted is for the General Quota Pool only or if the hunt code(s) submitted is for both the General Quota Pool and the Restricted Quota Pool.   

LPP Application:    
The landowner will select from the list of available hunt codes printed on the application.  Similar to the application process for the general public hunters, there is a 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and 4th choice option.  The landowner will complete the hunt code choice(s) and sign the certification on the application(s).  The landowner submits the application(s) with the appropriate non-refundable application fee by the deadline.  As of the 2014 Big Game Draw, the non-refundable application fee is $3.00 per application.

A LPP application can only be successfully drawn for a maximum of one choice.  If the LPP application is successful in the Big Game Draw, a voucher will be issued to the landowner for the hunt code drawn from the appropriate Quota Pool.

LPP applications are processed in the Big Game Draw as follows:  All LPP applications are processed for their 1st choice.  After all LPP applications are processed for 1st choice, then all 2nd choices are processed, then all 3rd choices are processed, and then all 4th choices are processed.

If a landowner application is unsuccessful for a valid 1st choice hunt code, the application will gain a preference point for future draws.  If an application is successful for a 1st choice, the preference point(s) on that application is reset to zero.

Unfortunately, in some GMUs, there are more landowner applications than allocated quota.  Therefore, landowners are not guaranteed a successful draw (voucher).  

Again, on the application and leftover choice options, the landowner will choose if the hunt code(s) submitted is for the General Quota Pool only or if the hunt code(s) submitted is for both the General Quota Pool and the Restricted Quota Pool. 

LPP Leftover Choice Options:
Also on the LPP application are the LPP leftover choice options.  Any quota leftover from the landowner quota reverts back into the general public quota for the general public draw.  Before the remaining quota reverts back, registered landowners may use the leftover choice options to request additional vouchers.  

Leftover choice options are on the LPP application and are submitted together.  Landowners may submit up to three (3) leftover choice options (hunt codes) per LPP application received.  Landowners may only use the same eligible hunt codes that are printed for the LPP application for the leftover choice options (with the exception of the preference point only hunt code).  Leftover choice options do NOT use NOR generate preference points.

Landowners applying for vouchers using the leftover choice options shall pay $25 for each female (antlerless/doe/cow) leftover choice and $40 for each either-sex or male (antlered/buck/bull) leftover choice.   The landowner will receive a refund check for any unsuccessful choices on the leftover choice options.

Leftover choice options may be successfully drawn for multiple choices.  If a choice is successful in the Big Game Draw, a voucher will be issued to the landowner for each successfully drawn hunt code from the appropriate Quota Pool.  

A LPP leftover choice options are processed in the Big Game Draw as follows:  After all LPP applications have been processed for all choices, all LPP leftover choice options are processed for their 1st choice.  After all LPP leftover choice options are processed for 1st choice, then all 2nd choices are processed, and then all 3rd choices are processed.  Any quota still remaining from the LPP quota after all LPP applications and LPP leftover choice options have been processed will revert back to the general public quota.  

Again, on the application and leftover choice options, the landowner will choose if the hunt code(s) submitted is for the General Quota Pool only or if the hunt code(s) submitted is for both the General Quota Pool and the Restricted Quota Pool.  

Note:  If a leftover choice option is successfully drawn for a voucher on an LPP application that is a restricted Private-Land-Only application (from the 640 to 1239 acreage tier); the voucher issued from the LPP leftover choice option will NOT automatically be restricted to Private-Land-Only.  The voucher from the LPP leftover choice option will be issued from the appropriate quota pool as indicated by the landowner.

Application and leftover choice options deadline is the first Tuesday in April – the same as the application deadline for the general public.

Near the end of May or beginning of June, landowners will be mailed a draw results packet.  The draw results packets are mailed separately for each species.  In addition, any refund due the landowner is also mailed separately, also by species.  In the draw results packet will be a confirmation of the draw results of the application(s) and any leftover choice options submitted.  Any voucher(s) that is drawn for that species will also be included in the packet.

Important:  Only a deeded landowner, or officer if the land is held in a corporation or other legal entity, may submit LPP applications and / or leftover choice options. 

   

Voucher Transfer:

The voucher must be transferred from the landowner, or the designated land manager, directly to the individual to be used by that individual for the purchase of a license.  Any voucher that is transferred by any person who is not the landowner or designated land manager is VOID.  Any license purchased with a void voucher is VOID.  

A landowner voucher may only be transferred one time.  The landowner may transfer the voucher to any hunter who is legally eligible to hold the license.

The transfer of a voucher to a hunter must include permission to access and hunt all of the registered land for which the voucher was awarded, for the entire season for which the voucher was awarded.  The landowner must NOT discriminate among hunters entering the land or include restrictions other than manner of access (i.e. foot, horseback, vehicular) restrictions reasonably necessary to prevent damage to the land.

The transfer of the vouchers occurs when the hunter's name is written on the voucher, or the landowner (or designated land manager) hands or mails the voucher to the hunter, whichever occurs first.  

If a landowner wishes to transfer the voucher to himself or herself, the landowner will sign the voucher as landowner.  Then also complete the hunter's information section.  Remember, if the landowner transfers the voucher to himself or herself and then cannot use the voucher, the voucher will NOT be reprinted.

No person shall broker a voucher on behalf of any landowner or person, or use or possess any brokered voucher.  A voucher that has been transferred by any person who is not the landowner or designated land manger is VOID.  A hunting license obtained for use with a void voucher is also VOID.  (see Definitions section for the definition of 'Broker')

Important: A voucher may be transferred by the landowner, or designated land manger, to the individual to be used by that individual for the purchase of a license.  

A designated land manager can NOT submit the registration, application, or leftover choice options for the LPP.


 

Voucher Redeemed for License:

The hunter must acquire the voucher directly from the landowner, or designated land manager.  Any voucher that is transferred by any person who is not the landowner or designated land manager is VOID.  A hunting license obtained for use with a void voucher is also VOID.  

The eligible hunter must redeem the voucher for a proper and valid license PRIOR to hunting.  The voucher may be redeemed at any license agent, or CPW office.  The appropriate license fee(s) are paid at that time.  

The hunter is responsible to make sure that they can legally have the license prior to acquiring a landowner voucher.   If a hunter cannot use a voucher, the voucher becomes VOID.  The voucher CANNOT be reprinted or transferred to another hunter.  After a voucher has been transferred to a hunter, the voucher will NOT be reprinted even if the voucher has not been redeemed.  ANNUAL BAG LIMITS STILL APPLY.

With the transfer of the voucher, the hunter has permission to hunt the private land registered for the LPP for which the voucher was awarded, and, for the entire season for which the voucher was awarded.  

It is the hunter's responsibility to ensure they have received proper maps, access points, contact information, or any other pertinent information PRIOR to acquiring a voucher.  CPW CANNOT release this information to the hunter.

Redeeming a voucher from the LPP does NOT use any preference points of the hunter who is redeeming the voucher.

By redeeming a voucher, the hunter shall be required to file any required reports using the forms provided by CPW; and those reports must be complete and correct, and submitted to CPW within thirty (30) days after the close of the season.

Vouchers issued for the LPP that are issued from the Restricted Quota Pool will retain their original license category status (List A, List B, or List C) of the original hunt code.  This means:  If the original hunt code is a List A license, and the voucher is issued from the Restricted Quota Pool (Private-Land-Only), a license issued from the voucher will still be a List A license.  

License category (List A, List B, or List C) is printed on the voucher as well as in the current Big Game Brochure.

Refer to the current Big Game Brochure for full details about List A, List B, and List C.

Disqualification:

A landowner, or designated land manager, who fails to comply with any requirements of the Landowner Preference Program (LPP), may be disqualified from participation in the LPP from one to five years. Disqualification of a joint or co-owner of property registered with the LPP shall disqualify all other joint or co-owners of the registered properties from participation in the LPP. 

Disqualification of a landowner from the LPP shall invalidate all preference points associated with the land registered by the landowner in the LPP. 

Any landowner, or designated land manager, who has been disqualified from the LPP shall not register properties, apply for vouchers or acquire or use any vouchers during the term of disqualification. Landowners that have been disqualified from participation in the LPP shall be required to re-register at the end of their period of disqualification and prior to further participation, if desired, in the LPP. 

Any other person who fails to comply with any requirements of the LPP may also be disqualified from participation in the LPP from one to five years. Any person disqualified shall not participate in the LPP in any manner, including, but not limited to, as a landowner, as a landowner's land manager, enrolling properties in any name, submitting applications for vouchers, receiving vouchers, transferring vouchers, redeeming vouchers or using licenses obtained with vouchers. 

Any person convicted of a violation of the LPP will be given notice in writing of their possible disqualification from the LPP and the opportunity to appear and show cause why they should not be disqualified from participation in the LPP. Any such disqualification hearing shall be held in the Denver office of CPW, or at another location acceptable to CPW. Notice of any resulting disqualification shall be sent to the person by certified mail, return receipt requested.


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. My land was previously registered in the Priority Preference Program.  Do I need to submit a new registration?  As outlined in the 'Transfer of Existing Priority Preference Program Registrations' section, all ACTIVE Priority Preference Program registrations as of June 30, 2014, were transferred to the LPP on July 1, 2014.  Some landowners may wish to submit a new registration if their previous registration in the Priority Preference Program did not include all of the deeded acres.  Also see FAQ Question #3a and #3b 

2. How long is a LPP registration valid?  An approved registration is valid for up to five (5) years.  If the registration was automatically transferred from the Priority Preference Program to the LPP; the 'Re-Registration Year' was changed to 2016 per statute.  

3a. My registration in the Priority Preference Program was automatically transferred to the LPP; and I will receive fewer applications now because I did not register all of the deeded acres in the Priority Preference Program.  Can I submit a new registration for ALL of the land I own to move the registration to the correct acreage tier?  Yes.  Submit a new online registration.  On the first page of the online registration process, there is a note field.  Be sure to list the requested information in the note field.  

3b. My registration in the Priority Preference Program was automatically transferred to the LPP; and I will receive fewer applications now because the acreage tier in the LPP is different from the previous program.  Can I appeal to receive the same number of applications as I previously received in the Priority Preference Program?  No.  The previous Priority Preference Program is no longer in effect.  The new acreage tier for the LPP will be used.  If based upon the registered deeded acres, a registration receives fewer applications in the LPP versus the previous Priority Preference Program; the application with the lowest preference point level (by species) was removed.  This allows the registration to maintain the application(s) with the highest preference point level by species.

4a. My registration in the Priority Preference Program was automatically transferred to the LPP.  I am registered in the acreage tier 640 to 1239 acres.  I will receive an application that is not restricted, and I will receive an application that is specifically restricted to Private-Land-Only as described in the 'Application Allocation' section.  My preference points from the previous program were also transferred.  Which application gets the preference points?  Any applications that were active were transferred to the LPP with their appropriate preference point level.  The application with the highest preference point level will automatically be assigned to the non-restricted application. 

4b. My registration in the Priority Preference Program was automatically transferred to the LPP.  I am registered in the acreage tier 640 to 1239 acres.  I will receive an application that is not restricted, and I will receive an application that is specifically restricted to Private-Land-Only as described in the 'Application Allocation' section.  I do not want to receive a voucher that is restricted to Private-Land-Only.  Can I do anything to have this restriction removed?  No.  There is no way to have the Private-Land-Only restriction removed from that application.  If you cannot use a voucher that is restricted to Private-Land-Only, do not submit the application that is restricted to Private-Land-Only.

5a. My registration in the Priority Preference Program was transferred to the LPP; AND; ALL of the registered land has been re-deeded to a single legal entity; AND; the land is still owned by the same immediate family; AND; the deeded name change was recorded between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016.  What do I do?  Submit a new registration within thirty (30) days of the change as required.  On the first page of the online registration process, there is a note field.  Be sure to list the requested information in the note field AND be sure to state "THE NEW DEEDED OWNER IS IMMEDIATE FAMILY".  As long as all of the registered land has been re-deeded into the new deeded name that is still owned by the same immediate family, then any applications with their accumulated preference points are transferred to the new registration.  In addition; any vouchers that have been awarded are still active and valid to be transferred.

5b. My registration in the Priority Preference Program has been transferred to the LPP; AND; SOME of the registered land has been re-deeded.  The same immediate family is still the deeded owner of the split off land.  What do I do?  Submit a new registration within thirty (30) days of the change as required for land already registered.  Any reduction in the number of applications will result in the application, by species, with the lowest preference point level being removed; any voucher(s) drawn from a removed application(s) are VOID.  Any license acquired from a VOID voucher becomes VOID.   In addition, the new ownership of the re-deeded land may submit a registration (if desired).  No application(s) or preference point(s) will be transferred to the new registration.

5c. The deeded name of the registered land has changed, and the original registration was NOT transferred from the Priority Preference Program.  What do I do?   The landowner who originally registered the land will need to submit in writing any changes to information provided on the registration to CPW within thirty (30) days.  If you sell your land, you are required to provide written notice.  The new ownership may submit a new registration if they wish to participate in the LPP.  Applications, preference points, or vouchers are NOT transferred to new registration.  Any vouchers drawn are immediately VOID.  Any license purchased with a VOID voucher becomes VOID.   

6. I have an active registration in the LPP.  I have bought additional land and I need to add it to my existing registration.  What do I do?  You will submit a new registration for ALL of the land that you wish to register.  Do NOT submit a registration just listing the newly purchased land.  You will list the land from the original registration as well as the new purchase.

7. If I register my land, do I need to allow hunters who I do not know to hunt on my land?  Only hunters who were transferred a voucher automatically have permission to hunt the registered land.  See 'Voucher Transfer' & 'Voucher Redeemed for License' sections for further details.  If a landowner does not want a particular individual to hunt the land, do NOT transfer a voucher to that particular individual. 

8. Do I need to fill out a separate registration for each species?  No.  You will be able to indicate multiple species (deer, elk, and/or pronghorn) on one registration.

9. On the registration, it asks for Township Flag (N / S) and Range Flag (E / W).  What does that mean?  All Townships are listed as North or South.  All Ranges are listed as East or West.  You may need to refer to a plat map, warranty deed, deed, or contact your county's tax assessor's office for this information.

10a. I own several parcels all deeded to the same legal entity (the same deeded name), do I submit one registration, or do I submit one registration per deed?  You will submit one registration per legal entity per GMU.  Example; if you own 600 contiguous acres deeded to ABC LLC, and you own another 150 contiguous acres deeded to ABC LLC; both are in the same GMU but are not contiguous to each other; you will submit one registration for 750 acres. 

10b. I own several parcels that are deeded to different legal entities (the deeded names are different).  Do I submit one registration, or can I add the acres together?  You will submit one registration per legal entity per GMU.  Example: if you own 600 contiguous acres deeded to ABC LLC, and you own another 150 contiguous acres deeded to XYZ LLC; both are in the same GMU but are not contiguous to each other; you will submit one registration for 600 acres for ABC LLC.  The 150 contiguous acres deeded to XYZ LLC does not meet the minimum of 160 acres of contiguous land and therefore does not qualify for the LPP.

10c. I own or am part owner of several parcels.  Do I send in separate registrations for each different deeded name?  Yes.  If there are several parcels under different deeded names, you need to submit separate registrations for each different legal entity.  Each separate legal entity must qualify for landowner preference independently.  Example: you are part owner of 100 acres deeded to John Doe and Jane Doe; you are part owner of 200 acres deeded to Doe Family LLC; you are part owner of 300 acres deeded to John Doe and Jane Doe and Doe Children Trust; you will submit one registration for 200 acres for Doe Family LLC; you will submit one registration for 300 acres John Doe and Jane Doe and Doe Children Trust; the 100 acres deeded to John Doe and Jane Doe does not meet the minimum of 160 acres of contiguous land and therefore does not qualify for the LPP.

11. I own 1000 acres and the GMU boundary divides my land.  I have 900 acres in one GMU; and 100 acres in another GMU.  How do I register my land?  You submit one registration for the 900 acres in the GMU where the land is located within.  The 100 acres in another GMU does not meet the minimum of 160 acres of contiguous land for that GMU and therefore does not qualify for the LPP.  

12. Can I add leased land to my registration, or if I lease land, can I register that owner's land?  No.  Only deeded acreage qualifies for the program and the deeded landowner must register the land.  

13. I own 159.99 deeded contiguous acres and meet all the other qualifications for landowner preference.  Does the land qualify for landowner preference?  No.  A deeded landowner must own a minimum of 160 contiguous acres to qualify.  

14. Can I include public land or land owned by a public entity in my registration?  No.  Neither public land nor land owned by a public entity qualifies for landowner preference.  

15. My land is used for agricultural purposes, but I do not receive agricultural tax status from the county.  Can I still register my land?  No.  The land must be private agricultural land.  This is defined for the purposes of the LPP as:  lands classified for the purposes of taxation as agricultural.  Contact your local County Tax Assessor's Office for further information regarding tax status.

16. If my land is registered for the LPP, can I apply in the regular draw?  If your land is registered in the LPP, you (as an individual) may submit an application for the general public drawing.  You would use the application from the Big Game Brochure or apply online.

17. My land was previously registered in the Priority Preference Program but the registration had expired, been invalidated, or been inactivated prior to June 30, 2014.  If a registration is submitted for the LPP, what happens with any preference points accumulated previously in the Priority Preference Program?  Only active registrations as of June 30, 2014 were transferred into the LPP on July 1, 2014.  All other Priority Preference Program registrations, applications, or preference points are expired and void.

18.  In the Priority Preference Program, I was able to submit as many choices on the Leftover Request Form as I wanted.  Now I am limited to three (3) choices per application.  How do I submit more choices?  The Priority Preference Program is no longer in effect.  In the LPP, you are limited to submitting up to three (3) leftover option choices per application.

19. My land was previously registered in the Elk Pilot or Pronghorn Pilot program.  What happened to those applications and preference points?  Those programs are no longer in effect.  As explained in the 2014 application packets, 2014 was the final draw year for those programs; and any remaining preference points after the 2014 draw were removed.

20. As the landowner I previously was not registered in the Priority Preference Program, but I used the Regular Landowner Preference Applications.  Can I still use that application?  No.  That program is no longer in effect.

21. I am not the landowner but I am the landowner manager, outfitter for the landowner, or I have a power-of-attorney for the landowner.  Can I complete the registration, application(s), and/or leftover choice options for the landowner?  No.  The deeded landowner, or officer if the land is held in a corporation or other legal entity, is required to complete the registration process and any subsequent application(s) and leftover choice options.  Note:  A designated land manager is allowed to transfer a voucher.

22. If I give a voucher to someone, can they transfer the voucher to someone else?  Or, if a voucher is transferred to a hunter, and the hunter cannot use the voucher, can the voucher be re-printed?  No.  Landowner vouchers may be transferred one time only.  

23. Does land enrolled in Ranching for Wildlife qualify for this program?  No.  Ranching for Wildlife land does not qualify for landowner preference for any species enrolled in the Ranching for Wildlife program.  

24. Is a list of registered landowners available?  Or is there a list of landowners who drew a specific voucher?  No.  A list of landowners is not available.  It is the responsibility of the individual hunter to acquire a valid and proper license and to locate the landowner's contact information for any voucher they wish to acquire and / or land they wish to access.

25. What do I do if I only need to update a mailing address, phone number, or email address for the LPP?  For those changes, you may contact CPW - Limited License Section at 303.291.7380.  For any other changes; the landowner must submit in writing any changes to information provided on the registration to CPW within thirty (30) days.  

26. What if I do not have access to a computer to submit an online registration?  It is highly recommended that you submit the registration online.  If you do not have internet access and need a hardcopy paper registration, a registration packet can be requested from CPW by calling 303.291.7380.  A properly completed paper registration must be received by December 1 to be eligible for the drawing the following year.  Mail or deliver the registration to: CPW, Attn: LPP Registration, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO  80216.

Reminders and General Information:

All registrations submitted will be audited and verified by the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer for compliance with eligibility requirements of this program.  Notice of any noncompliance will be provided in writing to the landowner and the landowner shall have thirty (30) days to resolve the noncompliance or withdraw the land from the LPP.  In addition, any false statement(s) made in connection with the registration or any subsequent application or voucher as a result of submitting a registration for landowner preference, may be prosecuted.

Questions:

If you have any questions, or need clarification, please contact: 
      CPW - Limited License Section - 303.291.7380

Landowner Preference Program Timeline:

  • December 1 – registration deadline to be eligible for the drawing the following year.
  • Mid-February - Application packets mailed, each species is mailed separately. This is about the same time as the Big Game Brochure is available.
  • First Tuesday in April – Deadline for application(s) and leftover choice options, the same date as the application deadline for the general public. 
  • End of May, beginning of June – Draw results packets mailed to landowners. Each species is mailed separately and refunds are mailed separately.
 

This webpage was last revised on:  July 24, 2014