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By Matt Robbins
Special to The SUN
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offers big game licenses for elk, pronghorn, bear, deer and turkey to residents and nonresidents, beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 5. This is the first time all big game licenses (leftover, over-the-counter with caps, unlimited over-the-counter) are for sale at the same time.
Leftover licenses are what remain after the draw process for big game and turkey. The number of licenses available depends upon how many licenses remain after the draws for a particular hunt code. A list of available hunt codes is slated to be published on July 29 at cpw.state.co.us.
Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that initially go on sale Aug. 5, but are limited in quantity, or “capped.” Unlimited over-the-counter licenses are not limited in number. Look for unlimited over-the-counter licenses and hunt codes for over-the-counter with caps licenses in the 2014 Big Game Brochure.
CPW Draw Coordinator Devon Adams recommends checking with your preferred license purchase agent ahead of time to ensure business hours coincide with the start of the sale and that they are familiar with changes to big game license sales this year.
In addition to a current and valid photo ID, proof of residency and social security number, anyone buying a license must have a Hunter Education card unless the hunter was born before Jan. 1, 1949. Online verification requires input of the hunter education information located on the card and the state in which it was issued. Bring this card with you for in-person sales.
For more information about hunting big game in Colorado or the Aug. 5 sale, go to cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf, contact your local CPW office or call (303) 297-1192.