The Final Countdown: Deadline Nears for 2014 Big-Game License Drawing

Here’s a procrastinator’s guide to applying for a big-game license.


They say, “good things come to those who wait.” But if you’re planning on hunting big game in Colorado this fall, you need to hustle! The application deadline for limited big-game licenses is midnight, April 1. If you still haven’t submitted your application, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a procrastinator’s guide to applying for a big-game license:

1. Use the Online Big Game Brochure
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If you have not picked up a copy of the 2014 Big Game Brochure, or you did not receive one by mail, electronic brochures are available on Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website. The online brochure features video tutorials and a searchable, easy-to-navigate interface to help you find exactly what you need to submit your application. Tip: Be sure to write down or print out your hunt codes, so you are prepared when you begin filling out the license application.

2. Apply Online
mike computerWith less than a week to go until the deadline, it’s a good idea to skip the paper application altogether and apply for your big-game licenses online. Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s online application system is fast, convenient and accepts all major credit cards. Best of all, applications submitted online are electronically checked for common submission errors that often cause paper applications to be rejected. If you’ve never applied online before, this video tutorial will get you up and running in no time. Tip: Be prepared before you begin the application process to prevent the system from timing out. Nonresidents must use the paper application included in the big-game brochure when applying for sheep, goat and moose licenses.

3. Ask for Help
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Are you still not sure where you want to hunt? Or do you have general questions about the license drawing or Colorado’s hunting regulations? From preference points to antler points, CPW Hunt Planners are standing by to answer all of your hunting-related questions. Representatives may be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (MST). Give them a call today at (303) 291-PLAN. Tip: The call center will be open until midnight on April 1 to assist hunters. However, do not wait until the last day, as this may prevent you from submitting your application.

Don’t wait any longer to apply!  Good luck and have a safe and succesful hunt this fall.

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