Hunters in Colorado can now submit their selections in the big-game application for 2023 licenses. However, before submitting their application, hunters must be aware of changes in license requirements and fees, as the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has introduced a few new regulations.
One of the changes this year is that hunters must purchase a 2023 qualifying license to participate in the big-game draws. A 2022 license will not be accepted as a qualifying license for 2023. Additionally, the three-year preference point average used to determine high-demand hunt codes has been modified to a rolling three-year average updated annually, with a one-year lag.
The CPW has made it mandatory for hunters to submit (CWD) test samples for all deer harvested during rifle seasons. Hunters who harvest a deer in the specified hunt codes must submit their deer head to a CPW submission site for testing.
Application Period Now Open
The big-game application period began on March 1 and will run until April 4. It is advisable for hunters to apply early and check their online accounts to ensure that their contact and credit card information is up-to-date. CPW will email hunters updates on their draw results and the status of their payments.
For hunters planning a big-game hunting trip in Colorado, the Colorado Big Game brochure is a must-have resource. It is available at all CPW office locations and online. With the changes in license requirements and fees, it is crucial for hunters to review the brochure and stay informed.
In conclusion, hunters interested in participating in big-game hunting in Colorado should take note of the changes introduced by the CPW. The regulations are aimed at managing the big-game population and ensuring that the hunting experience is enjoyable and sustainable. So, be sure to submit your big-game application before the deadline and comply with the new regulations.
You can apply for hunts by checking out the CPW’s website by clicking here. Likewise, you can read more Colorado hunting news by clicking here.