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 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.”