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Big Game Season Dates and Fees
Big Game Season Dates and Fees

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2018 and 2019 General Season Dates

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

​​​​​​​​Know Before You Go
Hunter alert: 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, learn about fires, closures alerts and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt. For more information, please visit the Road Closures and Alerts​ page​.​​​​​​​​ 

Hunting Colorado in Warm and Dry Weather

​Colorado has experienced unseasonably warm weather the last few years during the big-game rifle seasons. These conditions can make hunting more difficult--but not impossible. In this video, CPW's big-game biologists offer some simple tips to locate elk and deer in warm and dry conditions​.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2018 Season Da​tes​

Check the regulation brochure​ for specifics and variations.


​Deer/elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140)

​Aug. 25–Sept. 23

​​​​​​​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​ ​​

​Oct. 1–26
​Nov. 7–30 
​Dec. 15–31
​Moose​Sept. 8–23
​Pronghorn​​Aug. 15-Sept. 20*
Bear (over-the-counter with caps)​​Sept. 2–30

Muzzleloader ​​

​​​​Deer/elk/moose​Sept. 8–16*
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​ Oct. 13–21
​Pronghorn​Sept. 21–29
​Bear (over-the-counter with caps)​Sept. 8–16

​Rifle ​

​Moose​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk (1st season)​Oct. 13-17
​Combined deer/elk (2nd season)​Oct. 20–28
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season)Nov. 3-11
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season)​Nov. 14–18
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​​​Oct. 27–Nov. 6
​Late plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​Dec. 1–14
​​Pronghorn limited draw
Check hunt code tables in brochure​ for early and late rifle seasons for certain hunts.
​Oct. 6–12*
​Bear limited draw​Sept. 2–30*
​Bear (over-the-counter with caps), concurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons​
See Expanded Bear Rifle Season in brochure for specifics.
​Oct. 13-Nov.18

*unless otherwise noted in the brochure tables​

​2018 Application Processing & Habitat Stamp Fees ​

Application Processing Fee

Important Note: The application processing fee ($3 per application, one application per species) is now the only fee due when applying for the draw. Hunters who are successful in drawing a license, or who get an unsuccessful option, will be charged the license or preference point fee (if applicable) after the draw.

​$ 3

Habitat Stamp ​​
(Required and non-refundable; valid 4/1 –3/31)
​​​​​​$ 10​
Lifetime Habitat Stamp​​​$ 300.25

2018 Draw (Limited) ​License Fees​ 

Important Note: Anyone ages 18-64 MUST purchase a Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a preference point or for a hunting or fishing license. For more information, read about the Habita​t Stamp​.​​ 

​​​License Type​

​​​FeeThis is the fee you will be charged if you are successful in drawing your license, or get an unsuccessful option.

​​DEER​ ​ ​​​​
​Resident adult​$31
​Resident youth​$10.75
​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​$396
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$100.75
​​​ELK​ ​ ​
​Resident adult​$ 46
​Resident youth​$10.75
​Nonresident​ bull/fishing combo​​*​​$ 661
​Nonresident​ either-sex/fishing combo​​*​$ 66​1
​Nonresident​ cow/fishing combo​​*​$ 496
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$100.75
​Resident adult​$ 31
​​Resident youth​​$10.75
​​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​​$ 396
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$100.75
​Resident​​$ 251
​​​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 2,211
​Resident​​$ 41
​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 351

All prices include a 25-cent search-and-rescue fee, a 75-cent surcharge for the Wildlife Management Education Fund and a $3 application fee for limited licenses applied for in the draw. 

*Nonresident fishing licenses are good through March 31.​​​