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Where to purchase a hunting license

Purchase at a Retail Location​

​Stop by hundreds of retailers or a CPW location and buy your license in person.  

Purchase by Phone

​Toll free 1-800-244-5613​​

Purchase Online

​​​Buy a license online​.

To learn more about creating an account, or how to buy a hunting license in our integrated purchasing system, please visit our Plan Your Hunt page.

Looking for leftover license information?

Please visit the Leftover and Over-the-Counter License page for information.


- provides a high level overview of on sale dates, license application deadlines and valid to-from dates, as applicable.






Things to know when buying online or by phone 

  • Visiting a State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land? There is a new regulation you need to know about. See the frequently asked questions.

  • The 2021 annual license year runs 3/1/2021 - 3/31/2022 (13 months). 

  • Over-the-counter unlimited spring turkey licenses go on sale March 1, 2021 and annual mountain lion licenses March 25, 2021.   

  • Customers may use Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. Visa, MasterCard​, or Discover debit cards work if they can be used without a PIN. Licenses are mailed the business day following the purchase.​

  • Customers must complete all requirements for Hunter Education before they apply for or buy a hunting license or before they apply for a preference point.

  • In most cases, you should receive licenses bought online or over the phone by mail within 10 days. Alternately, you may pick up your license at a sales agent location or Colorado Parks and Wildlife park or office.

  • Except for big game, turkey licenses, and the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, a temporary authorization number (TAN) will be provided for the purchased license(s). The TAN is currently valid for 45 days after the date of purchase. Please print or write down (must be legible) the TAN and carry it with you while hunting or fishing until you receive your license. If the license OR all of the licenses you purchase in this transaction expire in less than 7 days, you will NOT receive anything in the mail.

  • If there are any issues, please contact the call center at (303) 297-1192 or a CPW park or office.

  • Telephone sales representatives at 1-800-244-5613 are trained to sell licenses and do not know specific wildlife-related information for Colorado. For questions not related to the sale of licenses, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (303) 297-1192.​

​Mule deer by the number: How CPW calculates wildlife population​

​CPW has been inventorying deer populations, as well as other species such as elk, from the air for over 50 years. The​ aerial inventory helps CPW understand fawn reproductive rates and set wildlife population goals as well as the number of hunting licenses offered every year.

Learn more about how CPW calculates mule deer population.

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