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What's New for the 2022 Colorado Seasons


Colorado 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. ​


Prepare for Colorado's Big Game Hunting Seasons

Secondary Big Game Draw is closed.

Important Dates

Find a Place to Hunt

Colorado has a wealth of public land hunting opportunities. If you've found a hunt code, but need a place to hunt, check out the Colorado Hunting Atlas to see all available public land hunting opportunities in the Game management unit (GMU) that you are considering.

The Colorado Hunting Atlas allows users to view big game concentrations and game management units displayed on top of street maps, USGS topographic maps or high-resolution color aerial photography. 

Remaining Colorado Big Game License Options

Remaining (leftover) limited licenses and over-the-counter licenses go on sale online, in person and by phone on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 9 a.m. MT.

View the Leftover Licenses List Button 

See the Leftover and Over-the-Counter Licenses​ page for more information.

faq document coverBig Game License Distribution Public Process​

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is considering changes to policies and regulations that direct the distribution of big game hunting licenses in Colorado. To help inform this process, CPW is gathering input from residents and nonresidents interested in big game hunting. 

Public meeting dates will be posted as soon as the dates have been finalized. To learn more about the big game license distribution public process, please read the frequently asked questions.

GMU 171 Limited Access Opportunity

Elk Hunters: Archery over-the-counter license or regular season rifle elk license holders for GMU 171 can apply for limited access permits to hunt on Yarmony Ranch SWA. Deadline August 18, 2022. More details: see flyer.

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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2022 Preference Point Issue

This issue features preference-point data and statewide herd-population estimates to guide big-game hunters in applying for limited big-game licenses. This is a must-have item for any Colorado hunter. Purchase your copy today!

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.

​Big Game Hunting Planner​

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

Colorado Game Management Unit (GMU) Videos

Co;orado Parks and WIldlife Officer

In this video series, Colorado’s wildlife officers answer frequently asked questions, discuss access, describe animal movement, and more.​​ Visit Colorado Outdoors Online to view the entire series.