The Colorado Wildlife Sporting License Plate will allow hunters and anglers to proudly display their identity as a community, while helping to increase access to shooting and angling opportunities across our state. As part of getting the license plate through the legislative and administrative process, 3,000 signatures are required
. To show your support for the license plate, please visit ipetitions.com
today and sign up. To sign the petition, you MUST
be a Colorado registered vehicle owner.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is not a sponsor of this effort, which links to an outside website. We are not responsible for the outside websites and any other communications or fundraising in which they engage.
The image to the left is a conceptual design for the license plate. According to the legislation (HOUSE BILL 12-1275), Colorado Parks and Wildlife has the authority to design the plate in consultation with sportsmen and sportswomen.
Over-the-Counter Licenses on Sale July 9
General over-the-counter (OTC) big game and turkey licenses, as well as over-the-counter with cap licenses, will be available for purchase through the internet
, telephone (1-800-244-5613), license agents
and Parks and Wildlife offices
on Tuesday, July 9 at 9 am
Over-the-counter with cap licenses are sold for archery, muzzle-loading and rifle bear, as well as one unit for rifle elk. Once sales begin, the OTC Cap License List will be updated every 15 minutes in an effort to continually inform hunters and license agents how many are left during the rush.
Please be sure to check season participation requirements for over-the-counter with cap bear licenses on page 58 of the 2013-2014 Big Game brochure. OTC maps are available on the Maps page under the "Big Game Hunting" section.
For further information, contact a CPW Hunt Planner at (303) 297-1192.
Colorado Hunting Atlas
Map Resource for Big Game Hunters
An improved version of the popular MapIt! interactive mapping tool is available to big game hunters!
As of April 2012, the Colorado Hunting Atlas now allows users to view summer and winter ranges, migration patterns, and concentration areas, all by specific big game species. Current big game species available include elk, mule deer, pronghorn and white-tailed deer. The species details are placed directly on Bing™ street maps, USGS topographic maps or high resolution color aerial photography.
Hunter Reference details can also be added that allow hunters to view places of interest, boundaries, campgrounds, Colorado Parks and Wildlife license agents and more.
A series of short video tutorials have been developed to provide a walkthrough of these great new features.
Start scouting from the comfort of your home today using the Colorado Hunting Atlas.
Harvested Tooth-Age Data
Hunters who harvested mule deer bucks in Southwest Colorado, GMU 54 (only), can find the age of their animals and get the 2012 project updates by visiting the Mule Deer Aging Project page
. In 2012, 349 surveys were sent out to GMU 54 buck hunters. Of the 349 surveys, 69 surveys were returned (almost a 20% response rate) that included 45 teeth.
Although 2011 was the final year for the larger mule deer aging project, in 2012 teeth were solicited from buck hunters in GMU 54 because managers in the Gunnison Basin continue to monitor population dynamics following the severe winter of 2007-08.
Mountain lion and bear age data from teeth submitted during mandatory checks is provided online so hunters can look up the age of their harvested animal by seal number. In addition, age data for bull elk and bull moose hunters in game management units (GMUs) 7, 8, 9, 19, 191 and 20 (Larimer County) are available. This is the only way for hunters to find this information. For privacy reasons, hunter’s names are not posted. Hunters who participated in submitting teeth can see results off the Tooth-age Data page.
Late Youth Elk Hunt Changes
Colorado Parks and Wildlife remains committed to efforts to get youth into the field and hunting. The late youth elk seasons have been successful at getting young hunters in the field while helping reduce elk overpopulation in parts of the state.
As elk populations have been brought closer to long-term population objectives, the need for late elk seasons is diminishing. As a result, changes have been made to the late season youth elk hunts to balance youth opportunity with sound biological management.
New for 2013, youths can only hunt the late elk seasons in GMUs that are grouped with the original GMU for which the license was purchased. See the Late Youth Hunts page for details.
Reduce Potential Exposure to Lead in Game MeatMeat Harvested with Lead Ammunition
A recent study in North Dakota has raised concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead associated with eating wild game harvested with lead bullets. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife provide recommendations to minimize exposure to lead in wild game. Read more information and recommendations
Things to Remember
If you bought a license in 2003 or afterwards, your Customer Identification Number (CID) is on the license. If you have a Conservation Certificate (CC), you can still use that number to apply. The number is in the upper right corner of the CC.
- Populations by DAU for deer, elk and pronghorn usually in the January - February issue.
- Preference Point listings for all big game species used to be in the March/April issue, but now will be published in the January - February issue.
- Receive a free Hunting Guide with your Colorado Outdoors subscription
- As required by the Colorado support Enforcement Act, established by HB 97-1205 and implemented through 24-33-110 C.R.S., your Social Security number (SSN) is required to purchase or apply for all hunting and fishing licenses. Your SSN is not shown on your license. It is provided when requested to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Support Enforcement, as required by law and is used to enforce the law.
- Each year the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets in January to make final decisions on possible new regulation changes pertaining to hunting. Hunters need to be aware that new regulations may apply each year. Be sure to check the big game season information brochure for more specific information.
- Do we have your correct address? If it changed, please help us update it.
- For a checklist for organizing your hunt, steps for planning a successful hunt, information on how to buy and apply for a license, and more, see Plan Your Hunt.