Leftover limited licenses are licenses that 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. Leftover licenses, as well as over-the-counter turkey licenses go on sale at 9 am on August 4 in person and by phone. They go on sale online at midnight August 5.
Big game over-the-counter (OTC) with caps licenses are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served starting at 9am on July 21. The list of over-the-counter with caps can be found in the 2015 big game brochure.
Big game unlimited over-the-counter (OTC) licenses are licenses that are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited over-the-counter 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. These licenses are restricted to certain units and manners of take. For more information, please see the maps off the Maps page or within the 2015 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. They go on sale at 9am on July 21.
If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.1192.
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.