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Leftover & OTC Licenses
Leftover & OTC Licenses

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Licenses are available for sale ​onli​​ne, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or CPW locations​ and license agents.​​ 

  • ​Leftover big game limited licenses (pronghorn, bear, deer, elk & turkey)​​ ​and over-the-counter turkey licenses ​are on now sale. 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. ​​​​​​
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. 

  • ​​​Over-the-counter big game with caps licenses (bear) are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served. Please note that over-the-counter with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Within the 2015 Big Game Brochure, please see page 59 for bear and page 33 for elk. Buy your over-the-counter with caps licenses today​!​

  •  Over-the-counter big game unlimite​d 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 page or ​​the 2015 big game brochure (pages 30, 34-37 and 49). 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.

​​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 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.