Leftover limited licenses
are the licenses remaining after the draw and leftover draw processes. View the leftover licenses list
. More information is available on the leftover license
See the interactive Big Game brochure
and Plan Your Hunt
for more information. Planning help for hunts and group hunts is available by contacting a Hunt Planner at (303) 297-1192.
Get Started Hunting Big Game
The Colorado Big Game Hunting Quick Guide
walks you through the preparation steps to get your big game license. Colorado finalizes the season dates each January, so check back for updates.
Big Game Harvest Surveys
Annually from October through mid-February Colorado Parks and Wildlife contracts with an outside firm to collect hunt and harvest information from deer, elk and pronghorn hunters. Individual hunters are asked a series of questions related to their experience including:
- Where did you hunt?
- Did you harvest an animal?
- What species did you harvest?
- Were you satisfied with your hunting experience?
- Did you experience overcrowding from other hunters in your particular area?
Each year Colorado has over 375,000 deer, elk and pronghorn hunters making it unfeasible to contact each individual hunter by February. Therefore, approximately 160,000 hunters are randomly selected to participate in the annual harvest survey. The information gathered from the participating hunters is then used with information collected by CPW biologists to estimate annual big-game harvest and population numbers. An important part of setting seasons and license numbers for next year comes from harvest survey responses.
Not all hunters are eligible to take the survey. Only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by the CPW are eligible. To complete your Big Game Harvest Survey anytime (24 hours/7 days/October-mid February) go to ColoradoHuntReports.com or call 1-877-237-1666 for live operator assistance.
For more information, please read Harvest Survey Frequently Asked Questions .
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.
View the 2013 Big Game Regional Hunt Guides
Regional hunt guides are produced annually and contain important information for planning a big game hunt. These booklets provide harvest statistics, herd estimates, directories and some great hunting tips. Hunters will also find useful information on terrain and weather for the units.
The guides include important phone numbers and websites for state and federal offices, guides and outfitters, and road and weather conditions. Plus, there’s essential information about how to prepare in case of an emergency.
A limited number are printed annually. To meet the growing demand, these informative guides are now routinely published online and available for viewing and download at the links below. Or visit the Big Game Hunt Guides
page for more information.
Share Your Hunting Heritage on Facebook
Hunting is a heritage that is passed down through the generations. By taking part in this long tradition you build relationships and memories that last a lifetime, but hunting is more than an opportunity to get outside and make memories. It is a way for us to take care of the land we live in: hunters directly manage Colorado's wildlife populations, and the funds raised by hunting contribute to land conservation, job creation, and so much more.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to give hunters a place to come together to tell their stories, show off their pictures, and share their favorite recipes. That's why we created a Facebook page just for you, Facebook.com/CPWHunting
. This page devoted just to hunters will give you a place to develop a community, and get wildlife news and reminders about important dates that are coming up.
Come celebrate Colorado's oldest heritage with us on Facebook
Reduce Potential Exposure to Lead in Game Meat
Meat Harvested with Lead Ammunition
A 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 CPW provide recommendations to minimize exposure to lead in wild game. Read more information and recommendations
Things to Remember
- 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
- 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.
- 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.