Big Game license applications from Colorado Parks and Wildlife open March 1

The application process for Big Game licenses through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife will open March 1, the state agency announced Thursday morning.

The application window is open from March 1 to April 6, closing at 8 p.m. that final day, according to a press release from the agency.

In order for a hunter to be entered into the big game license drawing, they need to buy a qualifying license beforehand. The qualifying licenses include “spring turkey licenses, annual small game, annual resident combination small game/fishing, first responder lifetime combination licenses and more,” the press release states.

The biggest change that the CPW made to the qualifying license process is that fall turkey licenses are only eligible for the secondary draw.

The qualifying licenses also open on March 1 and must be purchased before submitting an application for the big game license. The only way a hunter could get a big game license without a previous qualifying license is if there are any leftover licenses on Aug. 3, or if a hunter buys a qualifying license over the counter on Aug. 3. If this comes after the season opens, hunters can buy big game licenses in a few different ways including, “by phone, online, and through statewide license agents and CPW offices.”

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