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​​Over-the-counter Big Game Unlimited Licenses ON SALE NOW!

These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited OTC licenses for cow and either-sex archery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3r​d rifle seasons, either​​​-sex elk in the plains, either-sex archery pronghorn, and doe and either-sex whitetail deer. They are restricted to certain units and manners of take.​

For game management units and dates, refer to the "Over the Counter License Availability" section in the Maps page and the big game brochure​​.​​

These licenses are listed in the online​ system without a hunt code or by asking for the specific OTC license by phone at 1-800-244-5613​ or in person.​ OTC whitetail deer licenses are only available at CPW offices

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Leftover Big Game Licenses ON SALE!

How to Buy:

​​​For more information, please visit the Leftover & OTC Licenses pag​e.

NEW - ​The Reissue Process

​The reissue of big game limited licenses began on August 1, 2017.

  1. ​There will no longer be a reissue preview list.

  2. All returned licenses that take 4 or less Preference Points in the current years draw will be available for purchase the week after processing is complete.

  3. Hunt codes will randomly be placed on the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists on business days from 9 AM to 4 PM.​​ ​​

For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Be sure to plan ahead and read the 7 Key Changes for Limited License Hunting Applications​. 

Find the “How to Create a CPWShop Account” video, as well as more information, on our Frequently Asked Questions About CPW's New Integrated Purchasing System page. 

2018 Big Game & Sheep/Goat Regulation Brochures come out mid-February. Applications are accepted starting March 1.

IMPORTANT: License Refund, Reissue & Exchange Changes
 ​For updates on Colo​rado Parks & Wildlife's Refund, Reissue and Exchange policies, please visit the Refund, Reissue & Exchange​ page​.​​
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Hunter Education​

Hunter Education Courses are offered throughout the year and throughout the state. Find a course at a pla​ce and time to fit your schedule! Read more​.

​2018 Group Hunts

Understand the application process and l​earn the rules for group size, variations by species and residency restrictions before planning your hunt. Read this step-by-step guide for big game group hunts​.

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Kn​ow Before You Go

Hunter alert: ​Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) & your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about closures and plan alternative routes & areas to hunt.​ More information: Road Closure​​s and Alerts.​​​​

 Youth Expands!​

CPW now offers youths more opportunities tha​n ever before to head into the field to harvest a big-game animal. One of the foremost goals ​at CPW is to expand youth opportunity and turn first-time hunters into lifelong sportsmen and womenRead more.

Big Game Harvest Survey

Big Game Harvest Survey

​Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin its annual big game harvest surveys​ mid October. Each year from October through mid-February the CPW contracts with an outside firm to collect hunt and harvest ​information from deer, elk and pronghorn hunters. Individual hunters are asked a series of questions related to their experience.

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

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Colorado Big-Game Hunting Forecast

This video provides statewide and regional forecasts for the 2017 Colorado big-game seasons.