Big game and turkey hunting licenses on sale Aug. 5
DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is offering big game licenses for elk, pronghorn, bear, deer and turkey to residents and nonresidents, beginning at 9 a.m. MDT on 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. 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.
Individuals may choose to purchase in person at more than 700 licensing agents, including CPW offices, online at http://cpw.state.co.us/BuyApply/pages/hunting.aspx, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613. A list of license agents can be found at http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/LicenseAgentsList.aspx.
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.
To sign up for a Hunter Education course go to http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Courses.aspx. To request a replacement Colorado hunter education card, go to http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-CardReplacement.aspx.
For more information about hunting big game in Colorado or the Aug.5 sale go to http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf, contact your local CPW office or call 303-297-1192.
DEADLINE NEARING FOR HUNTER OUTREACH PROGRAM MENTORED HUNTS
GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding women and youth interested in learning how to hunt big or small game — including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl — that the deadline to participate in the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program is Friday, Aug. 1, before 5 p.m. Applications for the ‘Women Afield’ and ‘Youth Hunting’ hunts can be found at http://www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/OutreachWomen.aspx.
The Hunter Outreach Program provides guidance and mentorships to novice women and youth hunters through various clinics, workshops, seminars and private-land hunts that instill the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting.
The Women Afield Program is designed to allow novice hunters and anglers to learn alongside other women in a comfortable environment. The program’s summertime seminars and clinics cover basic shooting, fishing and archery skills in the classroom or range with plenty of “hands-on” experience.
The Youth Hunting Program provides inexperienced hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 with a variety of clinics and seminars. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can participate in mentored big game hunts. Youth between 10 and 17 are also eligible for mentored upland game and waterfowl hunts. Big game hunts are for only antlerless animals of the species. As with all hunting, not all participants will harvest an animal. Hunt applications submitted to the Hunter Outreach Program are selected by random drawing. Successful applicants are offered a hunt by the outreach coordinator. If the successful applicant accepts the hunt, they are “booked” on that hunt and will be contacted by the Huntmaster in charge. If the hunt is declined, the hunt is offered to another hunter.
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