Buy a license
To learn more about creating an account, or how to buy a hunting license in our integrated purchasing system, please visit our
Plan Your Hunt page.
Find the current Hunting Season Dates and Fees.
Looking for leftover license information? Please visit the
Leftover and Over-the-Counter License page for information.
The 2023 annual license year runs 3/1/2023 - 3/31/2024 (13 months).
Over-the-counter unlimited spring turkey licenses go on sale March 7, 2023 and annual mountain lion licenses March 25, 2023.
Customers may use Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. Visa, MasterCard, or Discover debit cards work if they can be used without a PIN. Licenses are mailed the business day following the purchase.
Customers must complete all requirements for
Hunter Education before they apply for or buy a hunting license or before they apply for a preference point.
In most cases, you should receive licenses bought online or over the phone
by mail within 10 days. Alternately, you may pick up your license at a sales agent location or Colorado Parks and Wildlife park or office.
Except for big game, turkey licenses, and the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, a temporary authorization number (TAN) will be provided for the purchased license(s). The TAN is currently valid for 45 days after the date of purchase. Please print or write down (must be legible) the TAN and carry it with you while hunting or fishing until you receive your license. If the license OR all of the licenses you purchase in this transaction expire in less than 7 days, you will NOT receive anything in the mail.
If there are any issues, please contact the call center at (303) 297-1192 or a CPW park or office.
Telephone sales representatives at 1-800-244-5613 are trained to sell licenses and do not know specific wildlife-related information for Colorado. For questions not related to the sale of licenses, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (303) 297-1192.
CPW has been inventorying deer populations, as well as other species such as elk, from the air for over 50 years. The aerial inventory helps CPW understand fawn reproductive rates and set wildlife population goals as well as the number of hunting licenses offered every year.
Learn more about how
CPW calculates mule deer population.