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Leftover & OTC Licenses
Leftover & OTC Licenses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2016 - 2017​ Season​​​

  • ​Leftover big game limited licenses (pronghorn, bear, deer, elk & fall turkey)​​ ​and over-the-counter fall turkey 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 fall turkey licenses go on sale at 9 am on August 2 in person and by phone. They go on sale online at midnight August 3.​

  • ​​​Over-the-counter big game with caps licenses (bear) are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served starting at 9am on July 26​. Please note that over-the-counter with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Rules and the list of over-the-counter with caps can be found in the big game brochure.

  • 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 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. They go on sale at 9am on July 26.​

​​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.