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Leftover & OTC Licenses
Leftover & OTC Licenses

On Sale Now!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​Over-the-counter Big Game with Caps Licenses (bear, elk) 

A preset number of licenses are available first-come, first-served and are on sale now​. They are sold online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents​. 

​Please note that OTC with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Rules can be found in the big game brochure.​ View the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Licenses with Caps​ list​.


​Over-the-counter Big Game Unlimited Licenses 

These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. They are on sale now online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at license agents​ and CPW locations around the state. 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. 

They may be purchased any time up until the day before hunting season starts. After the season starts, they are available at CPW offices only, except for archery OTC licenses and plains elk OTC licenses, which can be purchased at any license agent.

​​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. 

On Sale ​August 2​

​​Leftover Big Game Limited Licenses (pronghorn, bear, deer, elk)​ & OTC Fall Turkey Licenses 

Leftovers and OTC Fall Turkey Licenses go on sale at 9 am on August 2 in person and by phone. T​hey go on sale online at midnight August 3. The reissue of big game limited license will also begin on August 2. Eligible returned ​licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process. ​For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page​.​ A preview list of available leftover and reissued licenses will be made available on July 27.​

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. 

​​More Information

To read more about the different types of big game licenses and purchasing options, please visit the Big Game Licenses Options​ ​page.​​​ If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.11​​92.

Be Prepared​

​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.

If you are planning on purchasing a license, be sure to have the following:

  • 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.

​If purchasing a license for someone else (can only be done IN PERSON), the buyer must bring the following for the hunter:

  • ​A clear copy of both sides of their driver's license/state issued identification card,  

  • A clear copy of both sides of t​​​heir 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.