A new "reissues preview list" will be posted online the day before licenses go on sale. Hunt codes will be moved to the leftover list the following day and be available for sale.
- Spring turkey begins Mar. 23- Big game & fall turkey begins Aug. 10
For over the counter and leftover license information, please visit the
Leftover and Over-the-Counter Licenses page.
Closures: 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 and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt. Check with local land management agencies (Forest Service, BLM, etc) before heading out.
For more information, including contact numbers, visit the
Fire, Road Closures and Alerts page.
Wildfires and Fire Restrictions: Colorado is currently facing drought conditions statewide. Wildfires and Fire Bans and Restrictions may affect your plans; please visit the Colorado Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website for updates on active fires and a clickable map of fire restrictions statewide.
CWD: Learn about chronic wasting disease, mandatory testing areas & how you can help.
Report Mistakes: If you make a mistake, your best course of action is to contact an officer as soon as possible. Call the nearest CPW office and they will assist you with finding the appropriate officer in your area. For after-hours emergencies, call the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501.
While you will still be subject to penalties, they could be less severe if the officer determines that you are cooperative, that the error was not intentional, or that it was unavoidable given the circumstances.
Important Reminders Before Hunting.
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. 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 the CPW are eligible.
Watch the video for a brief summary of some of the changes that affect the limited-license draw and the 2021 Colorado big-game seasons. Be sure to read the "what's new" pages in the Big Game and Sheep and Goat brochures to see a full list of changes.
An overview of big game, small game and waterfowl hunting on Colorado's public lands. Including National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, State Wildlife Areas, State Trust Lands, State Parks.
Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 16-068 concerning wearing fluorescent pink garments to hunt big game. This change went into effect August 10, 2016.
Find out what this means for hunters. For details about this alternative hunter safety color, please read the
Authorized Fluorescent Pink fact sheet.