Fall may seem a long way off, but it will be here before we know it. In that spirit, the application deadlines for fall hunting permits in Colorado are fast approaching. Here’s your friendly reminder to submit your applications before the deadlines! Before you do so, make sure you have completed your Hunter Education Course.

APPLYING FOR PERMITS

In Colorado, the hunting tag application process and deadlines vary depending on the species you want to hunt and the method of hunting you plan to use. For most permits, that deadline is April 4.

Here are some general guidelines for the most popular hunting species in Colorado:

Elk, Deer, Bear & Pronghorn

  • Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for limited licenses is typically in early April (exact dates can vary from year to year).
  • Application Process: You must apply for a limited license through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) website or by mail. You can apply for either a preference point or a specific hunt code. The preference point system gives you a better chance of drawing a license in future years, while the specific hunt code system lets you choose a specific hunt area and season. If you are unsuccessful in drawing a specific hunt code, you will automatically be awarded a preference point for that species.
  • Draw Results: The draw results are usually available in early June. 

Note that some species and hunting methods may have different application deadlines and processes. It is always best to check the CPW website or contact their customer service for the most up-to-date information.

OVER THE COUNTER

Colorado offers over-the-counter (OTC) hunting tags for several species, which can be purchased by any hunter who meets the eligibility requirements. Here are some of the OTC hunting tags available in Colorado:

  • Elk: OTC elk tags are available for archery, muzzleloader, and 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons in certain units. These tags are available for both residents and non-residents and can be purchased online, at CPW offices, or through authorized license agents. However, these tags are subject to quotas, so it’s best to check availability before purchasing.
  • Deer: OTC deer tags are available for archery and some rifle seasons in certain units. These tags are available for both residents and non-residents and can be purchased online, at CPW offices, or through authorized license agents. However, these tags are subject to quotas, so it’s best to check availability before purchasing.
  • Pronghorn Antelope: OTC pronghorn antelope tags are available for archery, muzzleloader, and rifle seasons in certain units. These tags are available for both residents and non-residents and can be purchased online, at CPW offices, or through authorized license agents. However, these tags are subject to quotas, so it’s best to check availability before purchasing.
  • Black Bear: OTC black bear tags are available for archery, muzzleloader, and rifle seasons in certain units. These tags are available for both residents and non-residents and can be purchased online, at CPW offices, or through authorized license agents. However, these tags are subject to quotas, so it’s best to check availability before purchasing.

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