Last-minute big-game applications still accepted until midnight Tuesday

It’s not too late to file that application for a Colorado 2012 big-game hunting license.

The application deadline is Tuesday April 3 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters of the wealth of information and planning resources the agency offers to hunters in their license quest.

Parks and Wildlife director Rick Cables said hunters have all the resources they need right at their fingertips, including online resources, a secure license application protal and hunt planners at the agency’s call center.

“Colorado has more elk than anywhere else in the world and loads of hunt options,” said Cables. “We’ve also got a ton of information on our website that can help you select the right hunt for you and your hunting buddies. A little time spent planning this week can pay off with a memorable Colorado hunt this fall.”

With so many options and seasons, a savvy hunter can pursue more than one kind of big game during a single week or plan a series of several hunts throughout the fall. Big game manager Andy Holland recommends that hunters identify their top choice and develop a strategy from there.

“Hunters get to choose among elk, deer, bear and pronghorn, archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons,” Holland said. “It’s an embarrassment of riches, and it can get confusing. I like picking one top priority I’m confident I’ll draw and then build the rest of my applications around that.”

Huoland said hunters can improve their draw success by applying for second-, third- and fourth-choice licenses. By selecting “leftover draw” instead of “refund” on their deer and elk applications, hunters get first chance at leftover deer and elk licenses before they go on sale to the general hunting public on August 14.

Hunters can also plan to purchase an over-the-counter bull elk tag, available for the second and third rifle seasons, starting on July 10. Colorado’s over-the-counter bull elk tag is unique in that it allows a hunter to hunt anywhere in 92 units, which includes some of the best elk hunting in the state. About half of the bull elk harvested every year fall to hunters with over-the-counter tags.

The 2012 big game seasons open in late August for archery hunters and run through mid-winter with late-season private land tags. Information about season dates and license application requirements can be found in the 2012 Colorado Big Game brochure, which provides all of the information needed to apply for elk, deer, bear, pronghorn and moose licenses. The brochure features include easy-to-read tables, information about changes to hunting seasons this year and a reference page with important details about Colorado hunting regulations.

Copies of the brochure may be downloaded from the CPW wildlife web site and are available at any of the more than 600 locations across Colorado where licenses are sold.

Several Parks and Wildlife offices, including offices in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Hot Sulphur Springs, Montrose and in Denver offer internet terminals for hunters to use.

During the next week, customer service representatives and specially trained Hunt Planners will be available to assist hunters by phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT at (303) 297-1192. On April 3, the phones will be open until midnight. Hunters can also get personal assistance at one of CPW’s regional service centers in Denver, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs or Durango or any one of the agency’s 16 area offices. 

To view the interactive version of the 2012 Colorado Big Game brochure or download the PDF, go to:


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