These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. They go on sale at 9am on July 25. There are unlimited OTC licenses for cow and either-sex archery 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 see the Maps page or the big game brochure. These licenses are listed in the online system without a hunt code or by asking for the specific OTC license by phone or in person. OTC whitetail deer licenses are only available at CPW offices.
Leftover big game limited licenses (pronghorn, bear, deer, elk & fall turkey) and over-the-counter fall turkey go on sale at 9 am on August 1 in person and by phone. They go on sale online at midnight August 2.
These licenses have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. For example, if there were 1000 licenses for a certain elk hunt code, and only 100 people applied in the draws for that hunt code, there would be 900 leftover limited licenses remaining.
New in 2016, eligible returned licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process. The reissue of big game limited licenses begins on August 1. For more information, please see the License Refund & Reissue page.
Those who plan to purchase leftover licenses at
license agents or
CPW offices should be prepared before they arrive. This will help the process run as efficiently as possible.
Your driver's license/state issued identification card,
Proof of hunter education:
hunter education card or a Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education,
Your social security number (anyone 12 years of age and older are required to give their social security number, if not already on file),
Your customer identification number (CID), if you have previously purchased a license in Colorado,
Proof of residency, if you are planning to purchase a resident license,
A prioritized list of hunt codes for licenses you are interested in.
A clear copy of both sides of their driver's license/state issued identification card,
A clear copy of both sides of their hunter education card or a previous Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education,
Their social security number (anyone 12 years of age and older are required to give their social security number, if not already on file),
Their customer identification number (CID), if they have previously purchased a license in Colorado,
A prioritized list of hunt codes they are interested in.
IMPORTANT: One cannot buy a license for someone else OVER THE PHONE. The option to buy for someone else only works IN PERSON.