Leftover licenses go on sale Aug. 6
In years past, the biggest day for hunting-license sales was just prior to the start of the season.
Now, with all deer licenses and most elk licenses available through the state’s computer drawing, the biggest sales day comes in early August, when all those licenses that didn’t go via the computer are made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This year, that’s Aug. 6, when at 9 a.m. an estimated 33,000 elk licenses, 6,800 deer licenses and 3,800 pronghorn licenses that will be on sale, along with more than 1,500 bear licenses and 120 leftover fall turkey licenses.
The numbers aren’t quite as high as in past years, a combination of fewer elk licenses being available as herds get closer to desired population levels and simply an increase this year in the numbers of applications for the computer drawing.
In June, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials noted the agency this year received 468,816 license applications — a 4 percent increase over the 451,161 applications submitted in 2012.
This, too, is the opportunity for hunters to get a license they might not qualify for during the draw. All leftover tags, including those that might demand more preference points than a hunter might have or tags that initially had been reserved for nonresident hunters, go into the general pool of leftover licenses.
The first day of sales is strictly walk-up or by phone. License buyers who are out of state or unable to get to a license agent can call the toll-free license sales number, 1-800-244-5613, starting at 9 a.m.
All online sales don’t begin until 12:01 a.m. Aug. 7.
Many of the elk licenses are for private land and hunters are reminded to obtain trespass permission prior to purchasing a license.
Also, with recent changes in the youth late-season elk-hunt regulations, license buyers must watch the units for which the licenses are valid.
Starting this year, youths are only eligible to hunt the late season in specific game management units that are grouped with the original unit for which the license was purchased.
Maps and more information on leftover licenses and youth late-season hunts are available at wildlife.state.co.us.
— Dave Buchanan