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Office Closures & Continued Service Information

Effective March 20, 2020, Colorado State Parks remain open, but all Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers, service centers and offices will restrict access to the public.

  • There are no changes or modifications to the Big Game Hunting application or draw process.

  • Customers seeking information on the upcoming big game hunting draw can call the CPW call center at 303.297.1192, or if they need assistance applying for the draw they can view our tutorial video, download this 2020 Big Game Limited License Visual Guide or call 800.244.5613 to have a call center agent help.

  • CPW staff will continue to work at offices and visitor centers to answer questions during this time, but doors will remain locked during business hours until further notice. Very limited personal interactions will be allowed.

To see the most up to date information on closures and cancellations, and on how CPW is responding to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Response page.

Public Comment Needed: Leftover and Reissued Licenses

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is currently seeking public input related to our leftover and reissued license processes. Please share your feedback with us through this online comment form to help guide future decisions related to these programs. 

The comment form will be capped at 3,000 responses.

Qualifying Licenses

All applicants, including youth ages 12-17, must purchase a qualifying license prior to applying for the big game primary draw or new secondary draw.

Read about the available qualifying licenses for residents and nonresidents.

Primary & Secondary Draw

Primary Draw

Primary draw applications are accepted March 1 - April 7, 8 PM MT.

NEW Secondary Draw

The secondary draw replaces the leftover draw.

Secondary draw applications are accepted June 5 - July 7, 8 PM MT.

Read more about the secondary draw.

2020 Leftover & Over-the-Counter Licenses

Leftover Limited Licenses: on sale August 4th, 2020 at 9 AM MT.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Unlimited Licenses: on sale August 6th, 2020 at 9 AM MT.

What's New for the 2020 Colorado Seasons


Watch the video​ to see an overview of some of the major changes affecting the 2020 big game seasons

Hunting Regulations Brochure​​s

Be sure to read the entire "what's new" page in the brochures before purchasing a​ license or hunting this fall. ​

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Closures: Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, it is your responsibility to learn about fires, closures alerts and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt. Check with local land management agencies (Forest Service, BLM, etc) before heading out. 

For more information, including contact numbers, visit the Fire, Road Closures and Alerts page.

Report Mistakes: If you make a mistake, your best course of action is to contact an officer as soon as possible. Call the nearest CPW office and they will assist you with finding the appropriate officer in your area. For after-hours emergencies, call the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501.

While you will still be subject to penalties, they could be less severe if the officer determines that you are cooperative, that the error was not intentional, or that it was unavoidable given the circumstances. 

See Important Reminders Before Hunting and big game hunter basic information and tips stories

​​​Chronic Wasting Disease in Colorado​

Chronic wasting disease occurs in free-ranging and captive cervids (members of the “deer” family) in several parts of North America, including Colorado.

CWD is one area of increasing concern across Colorado. We need to find adaptive management tactics for helping prevent further spread of CWD and controlling it in herds that are already affected. 

Controlling CWD is critical for the long-term health of our herds. Our quality of life, outdoor heritage, and economic prosperity are dependent on the health and sustainability of these treasures.


​Hunter Education​

Hunter Education courses are offered throughout the year and through​out the state. Find a course at a pla​ce and time to fit your schedule.

Youth Expands!​

One of the foremost goals ​at CPW is to expand youth opportunity and turn first-time hunters into lifelong sportspersons. Read more.

Habitat Stamp

Habitat stamp Anyone aged 18 through 64 must buy a habitat stamp in order to buy or apply for a hunting or fishing license. Read more.​​​​​​

How to Apply for the Draw(s)

Find step-by-step information on how to apply, how to apply for group hunts and how to set up or log in to your account, as well as more information on the Plan Your Hunt page.

Annual Preference Point Information

2020 Preference Point Issue

Big game hunters: Now is the time to begin preparing for the fall hunting seasons. Let this 2020 issue help. It's available online ​or in Parks and Wildlife offices.
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​Big Game Hunting Planner​

The Big Game Hunting Planner​ is an easy-to-read, two-page summary of dates, fees, application dates & deadlines. Print for an easy reference.​​