Tons of hunting licenses still available despite record day
Colorado Parks and Wildlife survived a computer-system crash during the early hours of its big-game license sales Tuesday, but it had to halt sales for three hours.
According to a Parks and Wildlife spokesman, an unprecedented volume of hunters purchasing various tags caused stress on the system and forced agency officials to halt sales statewide.
As sales resumed at noon Tuesday, a record number of licenses were sold by 2 p.m. and continued to grow.
The licenses being sold included leftover limited licenses and over-the-counter with caps. This was the first time both types of licenses went on sale on the same day.
The direct cause of the breakdown is under investigation, and Parks and Wildlife spokesman Matt Robbins said, “We recognize the inconvenience of today and appreciate everyone’s patience while the licensing system was restored.”
The license sales this year easily topped the previous year’s sales.
As of 5 p.m. on leftover day 2013, Parks and Wildlife had sold 12,629 licenses statewide.
This year, as of 4:30 p.m. on leftover day, statewide sales ballooned to 14,887.
Even with record first-day sales, more than 28,000 leftover licenses remain available.
A list of available leftover licenses can be viewed at cpw.state.co.us. The list is updated every 15 minutes.