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Applications now open for Colorado secondary big game draw

Hunters have another opportunity to apply for limited big game hunting licenses with the secondary draw. Hunters can check online for a list of available hunt codes and must submit an application by June 30 at 8:00  p.m. MT.

The secondary draw is open to everyone, whether they applied for the primary draw or not. Available licenses will include deer, elk, pronghorn and bear licenses not issued, or not paid for during the primary draw. 

Important Secondary Draw Details

  • Hunters can apply whether they missed the primary draw or not.
  • Youth applications are processed first with a 100 percent draw preference.
  • The $8 resident and $10 nonresident application fees apply per species.
  • qualifying license is required to apply.
  • No preference points. You cannot use or apply for a preference points in the secondary draw
  • No group hunts. You cannot apply as a group in the secondary draw.
  • List A and list B limitations still apply. Details can be found in the 2023 big game brochure on pages 20, 35, 53, 58, 62.

Any licenses remaining after the secondary draw (except for Ranching for Wildlife licenses) will be placed on the leftover list and be available for purchase starting August 1 at 9:00 a.m. MDT.

Applications for both the primary and secondary draws can only be submitted online or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.

Plan your hunt

If you have questions about setting up your accounts, planning your hunts or applying for licenses, Colorado Parks and Wildlife call center agents and hunt planners are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:000 p.m. MDT at 303-297-1192. Hunting resources are available at:

Be sure to read the “What’s New” pages in the big game brochure to get a full list of specific changes for game management for 2023.