Colorado Leftover Tags
Big game hunting licenses for the 2000 deer, elk, bear and antelope seasons go on sale in August at Division of Wildlife offices and retail license outlets throughout the state. This year marks the second year the Division will not issue general, “over-the-counter” buck deer hunting licenses. All buck deer licenses were issued through an application process in April.

In addition to over-the-counter bull elk tags available at any retail license outlet, several thousand “leftover” limited-licenses go on sale at Division of Wildlife offices at 8 a.m. on August 15.

Limited-licenses are good only in specific units and are only available at Division of Wildlife offices. The leftover limited-licenses are primarily cow elk and doe deer tags that were not applied for during the April drawing.

Leftover limited-licenses are on a first-come-first-served basis. In Denver, Fort Collins and Brush, a “wristband” lottery system determines a person’s order in line, but at Division offices in the rest of the state, hunters begin lining up early.

On August 15, the first day of leftover limited-licenses sales, persons in line at Division offices will be not be allowed to make unlimited, multiple purchases for friends, relatives or clients.

“We understand that not everyone can come to a Division office on the 15th, so we allow people who cannot attend the leftover sale to send a representative to purchase a license for them,” said Phyllis DeJaynes, customer service manager for the Division of Wildlife. “However, there is a ceiling on the number of purchases each person can make.”

“People getting licenses for others are restricted to buying four deer, four elk and one antelope tag. The measure is a means to provide fairness for those who are still standing in line behind them,” DeJaynes explained.

A person buying a license for another individual must furnish the hunter’s conservation certificate (CC) number, proof of residency, driver’s license information and proof of hunter education (if born after 1948). In addition, a person making the purchase for someone else must sign an affidavit indicating the information they provide is accurate and true.

The following is a breakdown of the number of leftover limited-licenses:
• 21,296 antlerless elk tags
• 9,637 bull elk tags
• 1,646 either-sex elk tags
• 5,025 antlerless deer tags
• 206 doe antelope tags
• 4 buck antelope tags
• 50 private-land-only bear tags

A list is on the Internet at, or by calling the leftover license information line at (303) 291-7519.

Hunters who cannot attend the leftover sale, or cannot send a representative, can purchase a leftover limited license through the mail. Mail-in forms are available at Division of Wildlife offices.

Anyone who has purchased a hunting or fishing license in Colorado since 1994 already has a CC number. Persons who have not purchased a hunting or fishing license since then can obtain a CC number free of charge by showing proper photo identification.

There are four deer, elk and bear rifle seasons this year. The first season is Oct. 14-18. This season is a limited license elk-only season. The second rifle season is Oct. 21-27. The third rifle season is Nov. 4-10. The
fourth rifle season is Nov. 11-15. The second, third and fourth seasons are combination seasons for deer, elk and bear.

This year’s two antelope rifle seasons are Sept. 30-Oct. 6, and Oct. 7-13.

This year’s two Eastern Plains deer rifle seasons are Oct. 28-Nov. 7, and Dec. 1-14.

An elk license costs $250.25 for nonresidents and $30.25 for resident hunters. A deer license costs $150.25 for nonresidents and $20.25 for Colorado residents. A bear hunting license is $250.25 for nonresidents and $30.25 for residents.

Colorado resident youth licenses are available for $10 for hunters between the ages of 12 and 15, provided they have completed a certified hunter education course and are accompanied by a mentor who is over the age of 18. A nonresident youth license is $75.

New this year, youth hunters, ages 12-15, can use any unfilled antlerless elk license in any unit that has a late or private-land-only antlerless elk season, Nov. 16 through Jan. 31. Youths are required to have a mentor over the age of 18 who has taken a hunter education course. The mentor cannot hunt unless he or she has a valid license for the unit where the hunting occurs.

Additional information about Colorado big game hunting is available in the 2000 big game hunting regulations brochure.

There are Colorado Division of Wildlife offices in Brush; in Colorado Springs at 2126 N. Weber; in Denver at 6060 Broadway; in Durango at 151 E. 16th St.; in Fort Collins at 317 W. Prospect; in Glenwood Springs at 50633 Hwy. 6 & 24; in Grand Junction at 711 Independent Ave.; in Gunnison at 300 W. New York Ave.; in Hot Sulfur Springs; in Lamar at 1204 E. Olive St.; in Meeker; in Monte Vista at 0722 S. Road 1E; in Montrose at 2300 S. Townsend Ave.; in Pueblo at 600 Reservoir Rd.; in Salida at 7405 Hwy. 50; and Steamboat Springs at 57 10th St.

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