Colorado’s Big Game License Application for Limited Licenses is April 4th, 2017. Hunters looking to either draw a limited license or build preference points must apply by either paper application or online prior to April 4th. Remember that this is the last year for paper applications, and all applications for the 2018 draw must be submitted online.
Hunters who have not purchased a big game hunting license prior to March 31st will be charged $40 for each preference point for which they apply ($30 for resident deer and pronghorn preference points). If you purchase your 2017 Colorado Hunting License prior to March 31st you will not be charged the preference point fee.
Preference points are only used when selecting your first choice license in the draw. Every year when the draw statistics come out, there will inevitably be some unlucky individual who burns 10 or more preference points on a unit that either had leftover tags or only took 1-2 preference points to draw in. Remember that when you are building preference points, the safest option is to simply enter the preference point code instead of an actual hunt code to avoid using your points.
When filling out your application, be sure to enter the information correctly and accurately. Not only will any mistakes in hunt codes or information render your application void, but certain mistakes can qualify as actual Colorado Hunting Violations, such as making false statements in order to obtain special licenses available only to landowners or residents. Before indicating that you are a resident, make sure you qualify under the Colorado requirements for residency and that you have not claimed any other state as your residency to apply for that state’s hunting or fishing licenses.
Good luck in the draw and happy hunting!