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Hunting

Licenses & Fees

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.​

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.​
​2021 Application Processing & Habitat Stamp Fees
Application Processing Fee​

​$ 7 residents, $9 nonresidents

Habitat Stamp ​​
(Required and non-refundable; valid 3/1 –3/31 - 13 months)
​​​​​​$ 10​.40
Lifetime Habitat Stamp​​​$ 312.30

2021 Draw (Limited) ​License Fees​

Important Note: Anyone ages 18-64 MUST purchase a Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a preference point or for a hunting or fishing license. For more information, read about the Habita​t Stamp​.​​ If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.

​​Payment Deadlines
IMPORTANT: License must be paid for by this date.​​ ​
​​Sheep & Goat​May 4, 12pm MT
Primary Draw
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose & Bear
June 11, 12pm MT
​Secondary Draw
Deer, Elk, Bear, Pronghorn
​July 16, 12pm MT

​​​License Type​

​​​Fee - This is the fee you will be charged if you are successful in drawing your license, or get an unsuccessful option.

​​DEER​ ​ ​​​​
​Resident​$ 41.28
​Resident youth​$ 16.05
​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​$ 412.61
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 105.51
​​​ELK​ ​ ​
​Resident cow, bull or either sex​$ 56.88
​Resident youth​$ 16.05
​​Nonresident​ cow/fishing combo​​*​$ 516.63
​Nonresident​ bull or either sex/fishing combo​​*​​​$ 688.26
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 105.51
PRONGHORN​ ​ ​
​Resident​$ 41.28
​​Resident youth​​$ 16.05
​​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​​$ 412.61
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 105.51
MOOSE
​Resident​​$ 313.80
​​​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 2,300.51
BEAR
​Resident
​​$ 39.75
​Resident Youth
​$ 15.50
​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*
​​$ 101.75
​Nonresident youth/fishing combo*
​$ 51.50

All prices include a 25-cent search-and-rescue fee, a $1.50 for the Wildlife Council ​surcharge​.

*All nonresident big-game licenses are a big-game and annual fishing combination license. Fishing licenses are good through March 31.​​​

Fall Turkey Licenses

Fall turkey leftover and over-the-counter licenses go on sale August 3.

The fall limited license turkey application period for 2021 was shortened this year to allow for fall turkey licenses to be used as qualifying licenses for the secondary draw. The application period opened May 1 and closed May 28.

Major 2021 Changes:

  • View the Reissue Preview List for fall turkey starting August 10, then each Tuesday starting at 11am.

These are moved to the Leftover List and available for sale on Wednesdays at 11am. See both lists on the Leftover Licenses page or read about the new process on the License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals & Exchanges page.

Other changes to note are that hunting reservations are now available starting at 9 a.m. instead of midnight and new hunting opportunities are available at Fishers Peak State Park.

Read the Turkey Regulations brochure "What's New: 2021" section, and see the season dates and other important turkey hunting information.

Fees

​For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10.40 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (March 1 - March 31 of the following year). For more information, read about the Habitat Stamp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.

Payment Deadlines​
IMPORTANT: License must be paid for by this date.​​ ​
​​Spring​​​March 9
​Fall​June 17
License​

​License Fees

Spring Resident Limited & Over-the-counter

$30.87

Fall Resident Limited & Over-the-counter Fall
or Late Season

$25.67

Resident Limited Youth & Over-the-counter Youth

$16.31

Spring or Fall Nonresident Limited & Over-the-counter
or Late Season

$157.77

Nonresident Limited Youth & Over-the-counter ​Youth

$105.77

*All prices include a 25-cent search-and-rescue fee and a $1.50 Wildlife Council​ surcharge.

There is a $7 application fee for residents and $9 application fee for nonresidents​ for limited licenses applied for in the draw. ​A $10.40 Habit​at Stamp ​will be added to 1st license purchase of the year (March 1 to March 31 of the following year).

Waterfowl ​2021 - 2022 Fees

​​​​​ResidentNon-Resident
Small Game​​$30.87
$84.96
Small Game (one day)$14.23
$17.35
Small Game (additional d​​ay)$6.95
$6.95
Youth Small Game and Furbearer (under 18)$1.29
$1.29
Small Game and Fishing Combination$51.68
n/a
Colorado Waterfowl Stamp$10.40
$10.40
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp)$31
$31
Veteran Lifetime Small Game and Fishing Combination (60% or more disability)​freen/a

Fees includes a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a $1.50 Wildlife Council​ surcharge.

For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10.40 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (March 1 - March 31 of the following year). If you have a 2021 Habitat Stamp, you can hunt the 2021 light goose conservation order season through March 1, 2022. You will then need to purchase a 2022 Habitat Stamp for the rest of the 2021 season, April 1 - 30, 2022. For more information, read about the Habitat Sta​mp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp