Colorado Special Hunting Licenses

 Outside of the normal Early, Regular, and Late seasons for Archery, Muzzleloader, and Rifle.  The Colorado Division of wildlife also has additional "Special Licenses" that offer unique advantages and seasons to a hunt.  Although this section mostly covers Youth Licensing.  It also has Hybrid Draws, Landowner, Ranching for Wildlife and some information about Guides and Outfitters.

As far as these Special Licenses on unit pages, be sure to check the "2013 Regulations".  The "Notes" section will let you know everything from whether it's one of these special types, or if it is even considered a Hybrid Draw.  Although you can always look at the complete list of hybrid draws per species below.

1. Hunting for Youths, Age 12-17

The Colorado Division of Wildlife includes a nice insert in their 2013 Big Game Booklet outlining some changes and a map.  So we've attached it in PDF form for you to view in full form.  CLICK HERE to view it

2. Youth Late Season General Hunting Rules

1. Youths must be at least 12 and meet hunter education requirements to hunt big game in Colorado.

2. Hunters younger than 16 must be accompanied by a mentor who is 18 or older and also meets hunter education requirements. Mentors don’t have to hunt. Youths and mentors must be able to see and hear each other while hunting. Mentors can hunt only if the mentor’s license is valid for the same unit and late season during which the youth will be hunting.

3. Fees are reduced for deer, elk and pronghorn licenses for youths ages 12-17.

4. Youths cannot apply for a reduced cost limited license if they turn 18 on or before Feb. 12 this year. Youths must be 12-17 during the hunting season to buy a reduced cost unlimited or left over license. See No. 5 and 6 for qualifications.

5. At age 11, youths can buy or apply for a license if they turn 12 before the end of season on the license. Youths cannot hunt with the license until they turn 12.

6. Youths who obtained their original license at age 17 and later turn 18 may participate in the late season hunt. Youth hunting rules still apply, even though the hunter is 18 while hunting.

3. Youth Late Season Elk Hunts

1. Youths with an unfilled cow or either-sex elk limited license can participate in the youth late season. Licenses must be valid for the current hunting year. The fourth-rifl e season for the unit in which the license was issued must have already ended.

2. Aft er the fourth rifle season ends, youth must convert their unfilled either-sex elk license before participating in the late season. Licenses may be converted at a CPW location. Unfi lled cow licenses do not need to be converted, the original cow license is valid in the youth late season. Over-the-counter archery tags and all bull tags are not valid for a youth late season hunt.

3. Ranching for Wildlife properties are not eligible for hunting in the youth late season.

4. Youths must follow the rules of the hunt code they select, including season dates and geographic restrictions such as “private land only.”

4. Youth Late Season Pronghorn Hunts

1. Youths must be ages 12-17.

2. Youths may participate in any December pronghorn doe season in the following units: 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146 or 147, if they have an unfi lled pronghorn doe or either-sex license for a season that has ended.

3. Youths with an unfi lled either-sex pronghorn license must bring that license to a CPW location and get it converted to a doe license before hunting in a December season.
Doe licenses do not need to be converted, the original license is valid for a late hunt.

4. Unfilled pronghorn buck licenses may not be used to participate in this program.

5. Youths must comply with all regulations that apply to the December season they hunt.

5. Youth Preference and License Availability

1. Up to 15 percent of limited licenses for doe pronghorn, doe and either-sex deer and cow elk in regular rifle and private-land only rifl e seasons are available for youths ages 12-17 who meet hunter education requirements. These licenses are available by drawing. Licenses not drawn by youths are available to the public. (Muzzleloader, early and late rifle seasons, the Air Force Academy unit and Ranching for Wildlife hunts are excluded from this.)

2. Group applications are not accepted. If you enter more than one hunt code on your application, all hunt codes must be eligible for youth preferences, as in No. 1.

6. Hybrid Drawing

To continue expanding quality opportunities to big-game hunters, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has a “hybrid” drawing for select elk, deer, pronghorn and bear licenses for the 2013 hunting seasons.

The purpose of the drawing is to give hunters additional opportunity to draw a license for some of the state’s premier deer, elk, pronghorn and bear hunting areas. Hunters who normally would not have enough preference points to draw these licenses now have a slight chance to draw a small number of the most coveted licenses through this process. Nonresident caps apply. (Units with low numbers of available licenses may not have any remaining for the Hybrid Drawing.)

Hunter Qualifications
1. Hunters must have a minimum of five preference points for the species they wish to hunt to participate in the Hybrid Drawing.

2. Hunters must apply individually (group applications are not accepted).

3. Hunt codes that contain a “W” are Ranching for Wildlife properties. These hunts are for Colorado residents only.

How it Work
In hunt codes that require 10 or more resident preference points to draw (based on a three-year average ending with the 2009 drawing), 20 percent of the available licenses will be issued through a random drawing.

Qualifi ed resident and nonresident hunters who select applicable hunt codes (listed below) and have at least fi ve preference points for that species will automatically enter the Hybrid Drawing.

» These hunt codes must be entered as your first choice on your application. » Winning applicants in the Hybrid Drawing will be selected randomly.

» Hunters who successfully draw a license in the Hybrid Drawing will lose all of their preference points for that species. Unsuccessful applicants will be awarded one point.

Hybrid Draw Hunt Codes
Qualified hunters wishing to participate in the Hybrid Draw must chose from the hunt codes listed below as their first choice on their application:

Elk - Hybrid Hunt Codes

E-E-001-E1-R E-E-010-W1-R E-E-085-W1-R E-M-002-01-M
 E-E-002-E1-R  E-E-010-Y2-R E-E-104-W1-R   E-M-010-O1-M
 E-E-002-O1-A  E-E-031-W1-R  E-E-201-E1-R  E-M-061-O1-M
 E-E-005-W1-R  E-E-083-W1-R  E-E-201-O1-A  E-M-201-O1-M
 E-E-010-E1-R  E-E-084-W1-R  E-E-851-W1-R  E-M-851-O1-R
 E-E-010-O1-A  E-E-084-W2-R  E-M-001-O1-M  E-M-851-O3-R


Deer - Hybrid Hunt Codes

D-E-025-W1-R D-M-005-W1-R E-M-085-W1-R D-M-142-L1-R
D-E-083-W1-R D-M-010-W1-R D-M-103-L1-R D-M-851-W1-R
D-E-104-W1-R D-M-031-W1-R D-M-136-W2-R  
D-E-211-W1-R D-M-084-W1-R    


Pronghorn - Hybrid Hunt Codes

A-E-006-W1-R A-M-004-W1-R A-M-067-O1-R A-M-201-O1-A
A-E-104-W1-R A-M-005-W1-R A-M-079-O1-R A-M-201-O1-R
A-M-003-O1-R A-M-066-O1-M A-M-080-O1-R A-M-441-W1-R
A-M-003-W1-R A-M-066-O1-R A-M-084-W1-R A-M-551-O1-R

7. Landowner Preference Points & Vouchers

1. Up to 15 percent of deer, elk and pronghorn licenses in units with totally limited licenses in all rifle seasons are allocated for deeded landowners who own at least 160 contiguous acres of agricultural land.

2. Landowner preference quotas are allocated by species, sex, season and method of take. The 15 percent is for regular and priority landowner applications. Priority registered applicants have priority over other landowner applicants.

3. Deadline to register properties for the Priority Landowner System is the second Friday in January. To register for the 2014 season, contact a CPW office or visit the CPW website for registration forms. Based upon total deeded acres, up to six priority applications per species are available to landowners. Landowner applications are drawn before CPW’s regular limited license drawing.

4. Successful landowners receive a voucher for each winning hunt code.

8. Landowner Pilot Public Licenses

The landowner pilot program offers elk hunting in units 1 and 10. The hunts are designated in the hunt code tables by Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 hunt codes. Licenses are valid in the entire unit, as well as private properties successful in the pilot program. If you draw one of these licenses, you will receive a list of participating landowners and other details in the mail in September.

CPW also has a pilot program for pronghorn east of I-25. Please call (303) 291-7380 for registration forms and more information.

9. Landowner Voucher Information

The following guidelines are for landowner vouchers. Visit the CPW website for more details,

1. The landowner must transfer the voucher directly to the hunter.

2. The transfer of the voucher occurs when the hunter’s name is written on the voucher, or the landowner hands (or mails) the voucher to the hunter.

3. Landowner vouchers may be transferred one time only.

4. If a hunter cannot use a voucher, the voucher becomes VOID. The voucher CANNOT be reprinted or transferred to another hunter, even if the voucher has not been redeemed for a license.

5. The transfer of a voucher gives the hunter permission to hunt on the land for which the voucher was awarded and for the duration of the season printed on the voucher during legal hunting hours. The landowner may restrict manner of access (i.e. foot, horseback, vehicle, etc).

6. The voucher must be taken to a license agent or CPW location to be redeemed for a proper and valid license PRIOR to hunting. The appropriate license fees are paid at that time.

7. Annual bag limits still apply. Be sure you can legally have the license before acquiring a landowner voucher.

8. A list of landowners is NOT available from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

10. Ranching for Wildlife (RFW)

Public Ranching for Wildlife licenses are available only to Colorado residents by drawing. Licenses are valid only for the season and ranch specified.

RFW landowners must provide free access to hunters who draw a public license for their ranch. By applying for a RFW license, hunters allow CPW to provide applicant information to the ranch.

Hunting rules differ for each ranch. Read ranch rules on the CPW website at before applying.

11. Guides and Outfitters

Guides and outfitters must be registered, bonded and insured in Colorado. They also need permits to operate on public land and must register with the Office of Outfitter Registration, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1340, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 894-7778;

Legal, legitimate outfitters operate around the state and can provide invaluable resources for your hunting trip. Verify an outfitter’s registration by contacting the above office or Colorado Outfitters Association,

12. Dream Hunt Licenses

Deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain lion and bear licenses are available to hunters ages 12-21 with a terminal illness or lifethreatening disease or injury.

Licenses are issued only for the dates and unit with an open season for a specific species. Licenses are not offered in units with at least one hunt code that requires 10 or more resident preference points to draw (excluding Ranching For Wildlife).

Before a license is issued, hunters must obtain written permission from the landowner to hunt on private land. Sponsoring organizations must request licenses in writing and document the life-threatening or terminal condition, hunting experience, logistical considerations, hunt location and dates. Submit requests to CPW, Hunter Outreach Coordinator, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

13. Youth Outreach Licenses

Youth Outreach licenses are offered for deer, elk and pronghorn to qualified organizations sponsoring youth hunting activities. Application procedures are on the CPW website,