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CO: Over-The-Counter Big Game Licenses Available

DENVER – With the start of the 2011 big-game hunting seasons now
less than two months away, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds
hunters that they can begin purchasing unlimited over-the-counter
big game licenses for elk beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 12. A
capped number of over-the-counter licenses for black bear will also
go on sale at that time.

Hunters can pick up their over-the-counter licenses starting
July 12 at more than 730 authorized license sales agents around the
state, at Colorado Parks and Wildlife service centers, by phone, or

For elk hunters who missed the draw or failed to draw their
first choice, over-the-counter elk licenses offer the opportunity
to hunt bull or cow elk during the archery season or bull elk
during the second and third rifle seasons in many game management
units in Colorado. Unlimited over-the-counter bull elk licenses may
be purchased at any time before the season begins or at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife offices during the applicable elk season.

Colorado’s elk population is larger than any other herd in North
America. With roughly 283,000 elk, 23 million acres of public land
and elk seasons that run from August through January, Colorado
offers a tremendous variety of hunting opportunity. Last year, more
than half of the bull elk harvested in Colorado were taken by
archery and rifle hunters with over-the-counter tags.

Colorado is the only state that offers non-residents and
residents the opportunity to purchase unlimited over-the-counter
licenses for bull elk. In a select number of units, archery hunters
can purchase both an unlimited over-the-counter bull tag and an
over-the-counter antlerless elk tag.

Hunters with questions about what licenses they can purchase and
where licenses are valid can find more information on-line or by
phone with one of the new Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunt Planners
at (303) 291-PLAN or (303) 291-7526. Hunt planners are hunters
themselves and well versed in the opportunities available around
the state.

A small number of antlerless, or cow, over-the-counter rifle
licenses are also available for game management units 25 and 26,
which are located north of I-70, approximately between Gypsum and
Yampa. The number of these licenses is capped, so they are
available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Archery, muzzleloader and some rifle bear licenses are also sold
over-the-counter with a cap. That means that there are a preset
number of these either-sex licenses available on a first-come,
first-served basis. Hunters who wish to obtain one of these
licenses are advised that they generally sell out within days. Some
bear units sell out in minutes.

Anyone who wants to hunt bears during the regular rifle season
must hold a deer or an elk tag for the same manner of take, the
same season and the same unit in which bear will be hunted. To
properly manage bear harvest, all bear licenses for Colorado are
area specific and limited in quantity.

Availability of over-the-counter licenses that have limited cap
numbers can be viewed on-line at Once sales
begin, the “OTC Cap License List” will be updated every 15 minutes
in an effort to continually inform hunters and license agents how
many are left during the rush.

Information about season dates and license application
requirements can be found in the “2011 Colorado Big Game” brochure.
The brochure features include easy-to-read tables, a detailed list
of new hunt opportunities in the state and a reference page with
important information about Colorado hunting regulations.

Printed copies of the brochure are available at license agents
and Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices. An on-line interactive
brochure can be found at

For more information about OTC licenses, to purchase a license
on line, or locate a license agent, please go to

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:


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