Colorado Big Game Hunting Qualifying Licenses
If you're looking to get into the draw to hunt Big Game in Colorado, then you must have a qualifying license. That means all applicants, including those ages 12-17, must be licensed prior to applying for the Big Game drawing.
Please keep in mind that, "qualifying licenses (other than veteran and first responder lifetime combos) must be valid for the current license year."
Colorado 2022 Big Game Draw Dates
There are a limited amount of licenses available to hunt big game in Colorado. In 2021 alone, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received more than 650,000 big game license applications. Two drawings will be held to select which applicants will receive a license.
Applications for the Big Game drawings began on March 1, 2022. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible in case you run into any issues. Applications are accepted online at cpw.state.co.us or by phone: 1-800-244-5613.
The first draw application's deadline is April 5, 2022, at 8 p.m. MT.
The secondary draw application deadline is July 5, at 8 p.m. MT.
Colorado 2022 Elk Hunting Season Dates
If you're awarded a big game license to hunt elk, then here are the dates you can hunt in 2022 via specific weapon.
- Archery: Deer/ Elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140) Sept. 2–30*
- Muzzleloader (by draw only): Deer/Elk/Moose Sept. 10–18*
- Rifle: Separate limited elk (1st season) Oct. 15-19
Combined deer/elk (2nd season) Oct. 29-Nov. 6
Colorado Hunting License Fees
Whether or not you draw a big game license, the big game application fee is still required.
- The fee for a resident is $7.13
- The fee for a nonresident is $9.17
Application fees apply per species for the secondary draw as well as the primary draw.
Application Fees for Elk
- Resident cow, bull, or either sex $57.90
- Resident youth $16.32
- Nonresident cow/fishing combo* $ 526.17
- Nonresident bull or either sex/fishing combo* $ 700.98
- Nonresident youth/fishing combo* $ 107.43
Just because you draw a license, doesn't mean that you can't lose it due to failure to pay. Remember this year, the license payment deadline is June 17, 2022, at midnight MT.