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Hunting 101: Where can I get a license?


Stephanie and Dave Moreno pose with an elk they harvested.
Dave Moreno photo

Purchasing a hunting license in Colorado is a fairly easy task depending on what you want to hunt.

The first step is to decide what animals you want to hunt.

A small game license can be purchased any place that sells licenses. State and federal waterfowl stamps can be purchased at the same time.

You may need to apply for a license if big game is your choice. The Colorado Division of Wildlife holds drawings for deer, elk, antelope and turkey licenses.
The drawing results for deer, elk and antelope have already been posted for this year and the deadline for fall turkey applications was July 9.
Some turkey and general elk licenses are available over the counter. Bear licenses are also available over the counter with a limited number available.

Licenses leftover after the drawings are also available for purchase. They go on sale 9 a.m. Aug. 11 by phone at 1-800-244-5613 and at license agents and DOW offices. Sales on the internet begin Aug. 12.
A $5 habitat stamp is required with the first two licenses purchased each year.

If you’re hunting small game, a Harvest Information Program number is required.