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CPW Office & Visitor Center Reopening Information

Effective June 5, most Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers, service centers and CPW offices are re-opening with limited access to the public 

  • Front desk areas and staffed drive-up windows will open to customers with social distancing and safety at the forefront.

  • If you missed the primary big game hunting draw, a secondary draw will open June 5.

  • Customers will have access to front desk areas for questions and license, pass and registration purchases; retail areas, displays and other areas will be restricted.

  • Individual location hours may vary, so please call for hours before visiting your nearest office or park. Restrictions and closures remain subject to change.

  • For customers planning to purchase CPW products, including licenses, park passes or vehicle registrations can visit CPWshop.com or call 800.244.5613.

  • CPW has extended the expiration date of all OHV registrations. Off-highway vehicle registrations and permits expiring March 31, 2020 are now valid until June 22, 2020. Please visit CPWshop.com to renew online. If you are having trouble registering your OHV online, please email our staff: DNR_wildlife.cpwinfo@state.co.us. We will need your name, date of birth and registration number. 

To see the most up to date information on closures and cancellations, and on how CPW is responding to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Response page.





Qualifying License, Draw Results, Payment Deadlines


All applicants (resident and nonresident), including youth ages 12-17, must purchase a qualifying license prior to applying for the big game primary draw or new secondary draw.

Primary Draw

  • Big Game Draw 
    • Results posted
      between
      June 1-5 
    • Payments due by June 19

Successful licenses will be mailed after payment is received.



Secondary Draw


NEW Secondary Draw

The secondary draw replaces the leftover draw.

Secondary draw applications are accepted June 5 - July 7, 8 PM MT.

Read more about the secondary draw.


2020 Leftover & Over-the-Counter Licenses


Leftover Limited Licenses: on sale August 4th, 2020 at 9 AM MT.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Unlimited Licenses: on sale August 6th, 2020 at 9 AM MT.

What's New for the 2020 Colorado Seasons

 


Watch the video​ to see an overview of some of the major changes affecting the 2020 big game seasons

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.​​​​​​

GMU 171 Limited Access Opportunity

Elk Hunters- Archery over-the-counter license (due Aug 1) or rifle elk license (due Aug 31) holders for GMU 171 can apply for limited access permits to hunt on Yarmony Ranch SWA. More details: see flyer.

Hunters: 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.​​