Didn’t Draw? Start planning for the Secondary Draw
Hunters who did not apply or draw a license in the primary draw should be aware they still have the opportunity to draw a license in the Secondary Draw. Most elk, deer, pronghorn, and bear licenses not issued through the primary draw will be made available in a Secondary Draw that is open to anyone, whether they applied for the primary draw or not. Secondary draw applications open on June 21, 2022, and must be completed by the application and correction deadline on July 5, 2022, at 8 p.m. MT.
Available Secondary Draw Colorado Big Game Licenses
Follow the links below to view the lists of elk, deer, bear, and pronghorn limited licenses that are available in the 2022 Secondary Draw.
Hey, I Applied for That Hunt Code in the Primary Draw!
You may see a license available in the Secondary Draw that you were unsuccessful at drawing in the Primary Draw. There are a couple of ways that this happens. If a customer returns a license or fails to pay for the license they were awarded in the primary draw, CPW may reissue the license in the Secondary Draw. Most licenses are added to the Secondary Draw list if they took 4 or less preference points for a resident adult to draw in the 2022 primary draw. Please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website to learn more about License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals, and Exchanges.
Secondary Draw Basics
- You still pay an application fee. You’ll still be charged a fee for applying, whether or not you draw a license. The $7.13 resident and $9.17 nonresident application fees apply per species for the secondary draw.
- No primary draw? No problem. You do not have to have applied in the primary big game draw to apply in the Secondary Draw.
- A qualifying license is required.
- No preference points. You cannot use or apply for a preference point in the Secondary Draw.
- No group hunts. You cannot apply as a group in the secondary draw.
Youth (Ages 12–17) Preference
The Secondary Draw is a great opportunity to get a young hunter a big game license. The new system provides youth hunters with a 100% preference in the Secondary Draw. What does this mean? The Secondary Draw processes ALL youth application choices prior to processing adult choices. If your young hunter was unsuccessful in the primary draw, this is another great opportunity to try to get them a Colorado big game hunting license!
- Cpwshop.com – Apply for the Secondary Draw.
- Colorado Big Game Brochure – An essential resource for any Colorado hunter. Be sure to read the entire “what’s new” section in the brochures before purchasing a license or hunting this fall.
- The Colorado Hunting Atlas – The Colorado Hunting Atlas allows users to view big game concentrations and game management units on top of street maps, USGS topographic maps or high-resolution color aerial photography. The Hunter Resource Report allows hunters to create a list of important emergency and contact information, field office locations, campgrounds, CPW sales agents, and more.
- Big Game Hunting Statistics – Colorado publishes several statistical reports that contain the license quotas, application stats, post-draw stats, and harvest estimates. Learn how to read the reports online.
- Colorado Game Management Unit (GMU) Videos – Need to find a new area to hunt? In this video series, Colorado’s wildlife officers answer frequently asked questions, discuss access, describe animal movement, and more.
- License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals, and Exchanges – If you have any questions about returning your license, please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more details.
If you were successful in the primary draw, congratulations! If not, it’s time to get to work and prepare for the Secondary Draw.