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Leftover & OTC Licenses
Leftover & OTC Licenses

​Know Before You Go

Hunter alert: Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about closures and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt.​ For more information, please visit the Road Closures and Alerts page​.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Following Licenses are On Sale Now!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ (available to resident & nonresidents) 
Over-the-counter and OTC with Caps List button

​​​​Over-the-counter Big Game with Caps Licenses​ 

​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 OT​C with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Rules can be found in the big game brochure.​ 

​​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. 

Leftover License List button​Leftover Big Game Limited Licen​ses, Reissued Big Game Licenses, and OTC Fall Turkey

Leftover licenses, as well as over-the-counter fall turkey licenses are on sale now ​online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents​. New this year, eligible returned ​licenses will be reissued through the leftover license process.​ The reissue of big game limited licenses began on August 2. For more information, please see the License Refund & Reissue​ page.

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 licens​es remaining. 

MILITARY PREFERENCE

Any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces stationed at any military facility in Colorado and actively deployed outside the United States, or any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is a Colorado resident and is deployed outside the United States, shall be allowed preference for the purchase of leftover licenses. 


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.