Starting in 2019, all applicants, including youth ages 12-17, must purchase a qualifying license prior to applying for the big game draw.
No. A qualifying license is not needed to purchase a Leftover-limited license or Over-the-counter big game license (both go on sale in August).
Only the following licenses count as qualifying licenses:
Resident and Non-resident
If you will not hunt small game (i.e., you will only hunt deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, bear, lion, or turkey), you should not register with HIP.
Qualifying Licenses (other than Veteran’s lifetime combo) must be valid for the current license year.
Example: If you are applying for the 2019 draw, your qualifying license must be valid for April 1, 2019–March 31, 2020.
Annual licenses, including qualifying licenses, are non-refundable.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission added a qualifying license requirement for applying for the big game draw in November, 2018. It is similar to other western states who require customers to purchase a base hunting license prior to applying for a draw. In addition to the qualifying license revenue, Colorado will also receive additional federal match funds. The use of these funds will help CPW meet their
ten priority goals for wildlife management.