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
Closures of areas can change quickly and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, learn about closures and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt.
For more information, please visit the
Road Closures and Alerts 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 licenses remaining. FLOAT = Hunt code is part of a float group. Refer to first hunt code in group for quota.
Advance purchase of leftover hunting licenses - Active duty military members who are deployed outside of the United States and are stationed in Colorado or a Colorado resident can purchase leftover licenses after the draw and prior to the annual leftover purchase date (normally available end of July). A military leftover application must be completed and restrictions do apply.
Preference points while deployed outside the U.S. - 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.
Licenses are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served. Licenses with Caps are now available for purchase 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
These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons.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
For game management units and dates, refer to the "Over the Counter License Availability" section in the
Maps page and the
Note: These licenses are listed in the online system without a hunt code or you can ask for the specific OTC license by phone or in person. OTC whitetail deer licenses are only available at CPW offices.