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Leftover & OTC Licenses
Leftover & OTC Licenses


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More on Big Game Licenses

To read more about the different types of big game licenses and purchasing options, please visit the Big Game Licenses Options   page. If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303-297-11 92.


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Big Game Hunting Brochure


Know Before You Go

Closures of areas can change quickly and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, learn about closures and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt.

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




Black bear Over-the-counter Big Game with Caps Bear Licenses 

Licenses are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served starting at 9am on August 9. Please note that OTC with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Rules can be found in the big game brochure .





Cow Elk Over-the-Counter Big Game Unlimited Licenses 

These licenses are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. They go on sale at 9am on August 9.

There are unlimited OTC licenses for cow and either-sex archery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd 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 .

Note: These licenses are listed in the online system without a hunt code or you can ask for the specific OTC license by phone or in person. OTC whitetail deer licenses are only available at CPW offices. 

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Leftover Big Game and Fall Turkey Limited Licenses, Reissued Big Game Licenses and Over-the-Counter Fall Turkey Licenses

NEW for 2018: Online sales start on the same date and time​ as in person/phone sales!

Leftover big game limited licenses (pronghorn, bear, deer, elk) leftover fall turkey and over-the-counter fall turkey go on sale at 9 am on August 7 in person (at CPW office/park locations and authorized sales agents), by phone AND online! 
These licenses have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. For example, if there were 1000 licenses for a certain elk hunt code, and only 100 people applied in the draws for that hunt code, there would be 900 leftover limited licenses remaining. 

What documentation do I need to buy a leftover license?

See more important details in the Required Leftover License Documentation flyer.


Reissued Licenses

The reissue of big game limited licenses begins on August 14. For more information, please see the License Refund & Reissue page.

More Information

To read more about the different types of big game licenses and purchasing options, please visit the Big Game Licenses Options page. If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.1192.