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Leftover & Over-the-Counter Licenses
Leftover & Over-the-Counter Licenses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Leftover and Reissued Big ​Game Licenses


Leftover Big Game Licenses

  • Leftover licenses go on sale August 1, 2023 at 9am MT.
  • Active military personnel:  See the Military Benefits page for related opportunities.


What are leftover licenses?

Leftover licenses are the remaining limited licenses available after the primary and secondary draws are completed. The secondary draw has replaced the leftover draw. 


Reissued Big Game Licenses

Any license returned before the leftover list is created will be available August 1 when leftover licenses go on sale.

Starting August 8 the Reissue Preview list will be available. For details, see License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals and Exchanges

Starting on August 9 at 11am reissued licenses that were on the Reissue Preview List become available for sale on the leftover list. 


What are reissued licenses?

Reissued licenses are limited licenses that were returned for a refund or preference points, as well as those that were not paid for - and are listed on the leftover list.​ For more information on reissued licenses, visit the License Refund & Reissue page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Over-the-Counter Big Game Licenses


Over-the-Counter (OTC) Big Game Licenses

Big game over-the-counter licenses go on sale August 1, 2023, 9am MT. 


What are over-the-counter licenses?

OTC licenses are not restricted in quantity but are restricted to certain units, seasons and manners of take. Although they are considered "unlimited licenses," they are
still subject to purchase limits for each individual. 

They are available without having to participate in the draw(s). They do not require buying/having a qualifying license, do not use preference points and can be purchased after the start of a season by phone, online and in person at sales agents around the state.


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Over-the-Counter and Add-on Bear Licenses


Over-​the-Counter (OTC) Bear Licenses​

Bear over-the-counter rifle licenses go on sale August 1, 2023, 9am MT.


What are over-the-counter licenses?

These are sold online, by phone, at sales agents and CPW locations for rifle, archery and muzzleloader seasons.

  • OTC archery and muzzleloader bear licenses are add-on only licenses.

 

Add-on Bear Over-the-Counter Licenses

Add-on archery and muzzleloader bear OTC licenses go on sale August 1, 2023 at 9am MT.

Some archery and muzzleloader bear licenses are available in unlimited numbers this year as "add-on" licenses. You can add on one of these bear licenses if you have a deer or elk license for the same season/method of take and at least one hunting unit overlaps.



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Turkey Leftover, Reissued & OTC Licenses


Spring Leftover & Over-the-Counter Turkey Licenses​

Leftover and OTC spring licenses go on sale March 7, 2023 at 9 am MT.


Reissued and Leftover Spring Turkey Licenses

The 1st Reissue Preview list will be available Tuesday March 14, 2023 and will go on sale Wednesday March 15, 2023 at 11 am. 

When licenses are on sale, see the Reissue Preview List each Tuesday at 11am. Reissued licenses (if available) are then added to the Leftover List and available for sale each Wednesday at 11am. 

For more details on this new process, see the License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals and Exchanges page. 



Fall Turkey Licenses

  • ​​Fall turkey over-the-counter licenses go on sale June 20, 2023 ​MT.
  • Fall turkey leftover licenses go ​on sale August 1, 2023 at 9am.​


Reissued Fall Turkey Licenses

Starting August 8, 2023 the Reissue Preview list will be available. On August 9 at 11am reissued licenses are available for sale. For details, see License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals and Exchanges



What are leftover licenses?


Leftover licenses are the limited licenses remaining after the draw is completed.​


What are reissued licenses?

Reissued licenses are limited licenses that were returned for a refund or preference points, and are listed on the leftover list.​ For more information on reissued licenses, visit the License Refu​nd & Reissue page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



What are over-the-counter licenses?

Spring and fall turkey OTC licenses are unlimited in number and are not available through the draw process.​ 
For more information on turkey licenses, visit the Turkey Hunting page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Big Game License Types

Visit the Big Game Licenses Options page for license  options and purchasing details

If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303-297-1192.

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Know Before You Go

Prior to license purchase, check for closures near your hunting destination and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt.

For more information, please visit the Fires, Road Closures and Alerts page.

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