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Big Game Hunters, CPW Wants Your Feedback!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is considering changes to policies and regulations that can potentially impact the distribution of big game hunting licenses in the state. Please use our comment form to provide feedback on resident/nonresident elk and deer license allocation, preference points, weighted points and over-the-counter (OTC) elk licenses by November 22, 2021.

Want more information? See the frequently asked questions.





Primary Draw Applications & Qualifying Licenses


BEFORE applying for big game & sheep/goat primary or secondary draw, all adult & youth applicants (resident & non-residents), must first purchase a qualifying license.

The primary draw is the 1st, main big-game draw of the year for hunters applying for limited hunting licenses & includes deer, elk, pronghorn, moose & bear.

  • Primary draw deadline has passed. Results available May 24-28. Find out how to check draw results & more.
  • Big game payment deadline June 11, 12pm MT.
  • Sheep/Goat payment deadline May 4, 12pm MT.
Successful licenses mailed after payment is received.

Secondary Draw,
New in 2020


The secondary draw replaces the big-game leftover draw from past years & includes deer, elk, pronghorn and bear.

Applicants can apply for the secondary draw whether or not they applied for the primary draw. Preference points are not used or awarded.

  • Secondary draw applications are accepted June 16-June 30 at 8pm MT.
  • Payment deadline is July 16, 12pm MT.

Read more about the secondary draw.


Leftover & Over-the-Counter Licenses


Tuesdays at 11am MT, the reissue preview list is posted. Wednesdays at 11am, all hunt codes that were on the preview list, are released to the Leftover List.

View the Preview List ButtonSee the Reissue Process page for more information.


Reissued and remaining licenses are on sale.

View the Leftover Licenses List ButtonSee the Leftover and OTC licenses page for more information.

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What's New for the 2021 Colorado Seasons

 


Watch the video for a brief summary of some of the changes that affect the limited-license draw and the 2021 Colorado big-game seasons. Be sure to read the "what's new" pages in the Big Game and Sheep and Goat brochures to see a full list of changes.

Hunting Regulations Brochure​​s

Be sure to read the entire "what's new" page in the brochures before purchasing a​ license or hunting this fall. ​

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​​​Chronic Wasting Disease in Colorado​

Chronic wasting disease occurs in free-ranging and captive cervids (members of the “deer” family) in several parts of North America, including Colorado.

CWD is one area of increasing concern across Colorado. We need to find adaptive management tactics for helping prevent further spread of CWD and controlling it in herds that are already affected. 

Controlling CWD is critical for the long-term health of our herds. Our quality of life, outdoor heritage, and economic prosperity are dependent on the health and sustainability of these treasures.


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​Hunter Education​

Hunter Education courses are offered throughout the year and through​out the state. Find a course at a pla​ce and time to fit your schedule.

Youth Expands!​

One of the foremost goals ​at CPW is to expand youth opportunity and turn first-time hunters into lifelong sportspersons. Read more.


Habitat Stamp

Habitat stamp Anyone aged 18 through 64 must buy a habitat stamp in order to buy or apply for a hunting or fishing license. Read more.​​​​​​

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2021 Hunting Guide 

Stories include: hunter ethics, elk-unting essentials, calibers & cartridges, youth hunting, using game-tracking dogs & more. Buy for just $5.00.


Know BEFORE You Go

Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, it is your responsibility to learn about fires, closures & alerts. Plan alternative routes & areas to hunt. Check with local land management agencies before heading out. For more information, including contact numbers, visit the Fire, Road Closures and Alerts page.
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​Big Game Hunting Planner​

The Big Game Hunting Planner​ is an easy-to-read, two-page summary of dates, fees, application dates & deadlines. Print for an easy reference.​​

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Harvest Survey

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin its annual big game harvest surveys mid-October. Each year from Oct. through mid-Feb. CPW contracts with an outside firm to collect hunt and harvest information from deer, elk and pronghorn hunters. Selected hunters are asked a series of questions related to their experience. This year hunters will also have the option to answer additional herd management questions.

Not all hunters are eligible to take the survey; only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by CPW.