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Big Game Harvest Survey

Not all hunters are eligible to take this survey. Only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by CPW are eligible. If you were randomly selected to complete the Big Game Harvest Survey, please complete your survey before the deadline of 9 p.m on February 13, 2022.

Each year, CPW surveys hunters to establish estimates of harvest and hunter participation for a variety of wildlife. The data obtained from these surveys is used to monitor populations of big game, to assist with the season establishment process, and to study trends in hunter participation.

Want more information? Please see the frequently asked questions.  

Leftover & Over-the-Counter Licenses

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Reissued and remaining licenses are on sale. See the Leftover and OTC licenses page for more information.


Livin' the Wildlife: Rocky Mountain Elk


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. ​



​​​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.


​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.