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Plan Ahead: 2018 Application Changes in
New Purchasing ​System

To ensure a smooth application process we are encouraging all hunters to get into the new system early and review your information BEFORE APPLYING for the draw.​​

  • ​​​​Existing hunters, PLEASE LOOK UP your CPW account using your CID and confirm your personal information, including preference points.​
  • Confirm your Driver's License information. If your license was issued or renewed within the past 6 months, you will need to confirm your residency at a CPW office or via email​ to our hunt planning team.
  • Applications open March 1 and close on April 3. Don't wait until the last minute to log into the system to ensure access and confirm your personal and preference point information.

Please see the Big Game hunting​ and online purchasing FAQs​ page for additional resources and details.


​​Notice: Hunters Applying for Licenses within Walk-in Access Properties in Lincoln, Crowley Counties

​The landowner of a large Walk-in Access​ property, which offered big game hunting access last year as part of the pilot, is NOT going to enroll the ranch for 2018. Please note this change if you had planned to apply for a big game hunting license with the intent to hunt on this property. See the “hunter notification map.”

Please Read: License Refund Changes​
  • Refund applications due 30 days prior to season start.
  • $15 refund processing fee to cover administration costs.​​​​

>> Read the full refund update.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Purchase a license online. 

​​Big game limited license online and phone applications accepted started March 1, 2018. Application deadline April 3, 2018. ​

Find a License Agent near you. 

Licenses can be purchased In person at CPW locations and license agents
There are over 700 license agents across the state. ​​​​​​


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2017 Colorado Pheasant and Quail Hunting Forecast

Colorado pheasant and quail hunters have plenty to be excited about when the 2017 season opens Nov. 11. This video provides a statewide forecast for upland hunters for pheasant and quail.


Hunting Colorado's Public Lands

An overview of big game, small game and waterfowl hunting on Colorado's public lands. Including National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, State Wildlife Areas, State Trust Lands, State Parks.


Flu​ores​cent Pink Approved!

In the spring of 2016, Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 16-068 concerning wearing fluorescent pink garments to hunt big game. This change went into effect August 10, 2016.

Find out what this means for hunters. For details about this alternative hunter safety color, please read the Authorized Fluorescent Pink fact sheet.