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2019 Leftover List

​Big Game ​Leftover Limited Licenses & ​Fall Turkey OTC Licenses: 

Now Available -  Leftover licenses can be purchased online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and CPW sales agents.​​​​​​​​​​​​

IMPORTANT: For August 6 Leftover Day, please check with your local CPW location as to their process and hours.

More Information:  See the Leftover and Over-the-Counter Licenses​ page.​

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2019 OTC with Caps List

Big Game OTC Unlimited Licenses & Bear OTC​ Licenses with Caps

Now Available -  Leftover licenses can be purchased online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and CPW sales agents.​​​​​​​​​​​​

What are licenses "with caps"?

Licenses "with caps" are a limited number of licenses available on a first-come, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters.​

The Reissue Process

  1. ​The reissue of big game limited licenses will begin on August 6, 2019.
  2. All additional reissued hunt codes that are not on the initial leftover list will be added starting August 13.​
  3. Hunt codes will randomly be placed on the current leftover and leftover OTC with caps lists Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM MT.​​ 
  4. All returned licenses that take 4 or less preference points in the current years draw will be available for purchase the week after processing is complete.​​​

For more information, please visit the License Refund and Reissue page​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

What's New for the 2019 Colorado Seasons


Watch the video​ to see an overview of some of the major changes affecting the 2019 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.​​​​​​

Harvest Survey

Big Game Harvest Survey imageColorado Parks and Wildlife will begin its annual big game harvest surveys mid-October. Each year from Oct. through mid-Feb. the CPW 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.

Not all hunters are eligible to take the survey; only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by CPW.

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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.​​