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COLORADO DEER HUNTING INFORMATION

Most deer license are limited and available only through the draw, However new in 2014 is an unlimited number of over-the-counter licenses for whietails are available on private land in certain units. The following information is a breakdown of rules, regulations and extra information that pertains only to Deer Hunting in Colorado.

Need to Know

NEW OTC Whitetail Licenses: The over-the-counter whitetail-only licenses will be available for purchase only at CPW offices and state parks that sell hunting licenses.  Hunters will receive additional hunt information when purchasing a tag
NEW Lighted Nocks: Hunters may now use lighted nocks on arrows.

Archery:  Only legal handheld bows are allowed in archery season.

Muzzleload: Only legal muzzleloading rifles and smoothbore muskets are allowed in muzzleloading season - click here to go to Hunting Methods - Then click on Legal Hunting methods for more Information

Definitions

Buck (Antlered): A male animal with antlers at least 5 inches long.  There are no antler-point restrictions for deer.

Doe (Antlerless): A female animal with no antlers.  "Antlerless" can also mean a young male with antlers less than 5 inches.

Either Sex: A legal buck or doe

New! Deer Identification of whitetails and mule deer.  Use the "Is it a Whitetail or Mule Deer" Tab to the left for more information.

How to Apply for a Preference Point

To apply for a point, enter D-P-999-99-P as your first-choice hunt code on your application.

You can gain a preference point as a first choice on your application to use another year. You can use your second through fourth choices on the same application to apply for a license. Submit only one application per species per year.

You must pay the full license cost, even for a point.  If you apply for a point only, your money, minus the $3 application fee and $10 Habitat Stamp fee, will be refunded.  Hunters may be charged $40 (or $30 for resident applicants) if you don't meet the criteria for a free preference point.

How to Read Table Symbols

An Asterisk (*): in the "Sex" column indicates units that had licenses left after last year's drawing

A Plus (+): in the "Sex" column indicates hunt codes for which an average of at least six preference points are needed for a Colorado resident to draw that license. This is calculated on a 3-year period ending with the 2009 drawing

How to Get More than One Deer License

 

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Season Choice Licenses

Season Choice licenses are available for deer hunting in the units specified in the tables below.  Hunters may use these licenses to hunt in any or all of the seasons in the specified units until their tag is filled.

ALL SEASON RESTRICTIONS (INCLUDING DATES AND METHOD OF TAKE) APPLY

        Hunters must adhere to the dates listed in the table for each method of take.

 

UnitArchery DatesMuzzldr DatesRifle  DatesSexHunt CodeList

91 Plains private land only

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31

Oct. 10-18

Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

Jan. 1-31

Doe* D-F-091-S3-R C

92 Plains Private land only

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31 

Oct. 10-18

Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

Jan. 1-31

Doe* D-F-092-S3-R C

96 Plains Private Land Only

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31

Oct. 10-18

Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

Jan. 1-31

Doe* D-F-096-S3-R C

96 Plains private land E of Hwy 71

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31

Oct. 10-18

Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

Jan. 1-31

Doe* D-F-096-S5-R C

89, 90, 95 Plains, whitetail Only

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31

 Oct. 10-18

Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

Either D-E-089-S2-R B
Doe*  D-F-089-S2-R  C

93, 97, 98, 99, 100, Plains whitetail only

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31

 Oct. 10-18

Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

 Either  D-E-093-S2-R  B
Doe*  D-F-093-S2-R  C

101, 102 Plains Whitetail only

Oct. 1-23

Nov. 4-30

Dec 15-31

Oct. 10-18

 Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Dec. 1-14

Either D-E-101-S2-R A
Doe* D-F-101-S2-R C

Is it a Whitetail or a Mule Deer?

There are two types of Deer in Colorado, and it is quite common to find both mule deer and whitetail deer in the same areas, especially on the Eastern Plains.

Since both types of deer have the same general body shape and size hunters can look for a few key differences to make a positive identification.

The primary telltale characteristic a hunter should look for is the tail.  All of  the other identifiers listed here can help in determining the species, but the tail will give you the best clue.

Whitetail

Tail: broad and brown with white fringe; all white when tail is up. *Best identifying feature.

Antlers: consist of one main beam with three to five tines pointing upward.

Ears: smaller in proportion to head.

Gait: move with a graceful lope, flag-like tail held up

Range: common on Eastern Plains and in stream side woodland areas and cropland along rivers.

Mule Deer

Tail: rope like tail with black tip.

Antlers: fork and fork again usually very evenly on older males.

Ears: large in proportion to head on both bucks and does.

Gait: stiff-legged bounce, tail held down.

Range: statewide, in mountain shrubs, foothills, communities.

 

New!: Over-The-Counter Licenses - Whitetails Only - Late Rifle Season

 

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