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, 103Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regulations: Chapter W2, 206, B, 4
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.
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):
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:
The landowner must agree that:
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.
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:
For all Game Management Units east of I-25:
* Immediate Family is defined in the Definitions section.** Youth means a person 12 to 17 years old who is an eligible hunter.
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:
* 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.
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 eligible species). A separate envelope will be mailed for each eligible species. Application packets are mailed around 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. This is 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.
The LPP Application with Leftover Choice Options is on the same form. On the LPP Application with Leftover Choice Options, the landowner may choose if a hunt code choice submitted is for the
General Quota Pool only or if the hunt code choice is for both theGeneral Quota Pool and the
Restricted Quota Pool. Each hunt code choice on the form has an
“Opt Out of Restricted Quota Pool” checkbox. If a landowner does NOT want a specific hunt code choice to be eligible for the
Restricted Quota Pool, the landowner indicates this by checking the
“Opt Out of Restricted Quota Pool” checkbox.
LPP Application (top of the form): 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 2015 Big Game Draw, the non-refundable application fee is $3.00 per application.
Leftover Choice Options (bottom of the form):If any quota is still available from the landowner quota after the LPP Application (top of the form) draw is complete, registered landowners may use the leftover choice options (bottom of the form) to request additional vouchers.
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 on the LPP application for the leftover choice options with the exception of the preference point only hunt code (Leftover Choice Options do not use or 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. A Leftover Hunt Code Choice fee is refunded if unsuccessful for the choice.
Any remaining LPP Quota from either quota pool reverts back to the general quota.
IMPORTANT: For registrations that are between 640 and 1239.9 acres, one of the applications is marked “PLO – Private-Land-Only Application”. If one of the four hunt code choices on the top of the form is successfully drawn for a voucher, the voucher issued will automatically be restricted to Private-Land-Only*.
* This special restriction does NOT affect the three Leftover Choice Hunt Codes (bottom of the form)
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 LPP Applications with Leftover Choice Options. 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 with Leftover Choice Options
A landowner or the designated land manager:
A hunter may advertise freely looking for a voucher to acquire.
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.
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.