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Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m., at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide.
Leftover licenses are those limited licenses that did not sell during the annual license draw process. With hunting applications being up by four percent this spring, there are fewer leftover licenses available than last year but hunters will still find plenty of opportunity. In addition to the approximately 33,000 elk licenses, 6,800 deer licenses and 3,800 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 1,500 bear licenses and 120 leftover fall turkey licenses will also go on sale to the public the morning of Aug. 6.
Leftover license day is one of the biggest hunting license sales days for many hunting licenses sales locations. Hunters can find a list of wildlife offices and license retailers on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
License purchasers who are out of state or unable to get to a license agent can call the toll-free license sales number, 1-800-244-5613, beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 6. It is important to note that online purchasing of leftover licenses is delayed until the following day to keep distribution fair. Internet sales of leftover licenses do not begin until 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7.
A complete list of leftover licenses that go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 6 is available online. Hunters should check the current list to make sure that the licenses they are seeking will be available. Once license sales begin, the online list will be updated every 15 minutes.
Youth hunters will need to pay extra attention to which leftover license they purchase if they wish to participate in the Youth Late Season Elk Hunts. For more information, visit the Late Youth Hunts webpage (bit.ly/coloyouthhunts).
Hunters planning to purchase a leftover license should come prepared with their driver’s license and hunter education card. State law requires that anyone purchasing a hunting or fishing license provide their social security number. Hunters interested in purchasing private-land-only licenses must obtain permission from landowners before they can hunt on private land.