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Application period for big-game licenses in Colorado opens March 1

Hunters hoping to draw a big-game license in Colorado in 2022 are urged to review the changes in license requirements and fees in the 2022 Colorado Big Game brochure prior to the March 1 opening of the primary draw application period (March 1 - April 5 at 8 p.m. MT). Hunters are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid complications or delays.

For a good overview of what’s in store, watch CPW’s "What's New" video for the 2022 big-game seasons.

Important information for hunters to take note of this season includes:

Qualifying Licenses

Hunters must purchase a qualifying license to participate in the big-game draws. All qualifying licenses are available beginning March 1 and must be purchased prior to applying for all big-game licenses or preference points.

Archery hunters: There is no longer a maximum let-off percentage for hand-held bows

Archery hunters may now use compound bows with any let-off percentage, giving them greater options when selecting archery equipment for the big-game seasons. Please note, an ADA Recreation Accommodation permit is still required to use a draw-loc or crossbow during archery season.

Archery clothing suggestion

Archery deer, elk, moose and bear hunters are encouraged, though not required, to wear fluorescent orange or pink during the overlapping archery and muzzleloader seasons to help address safety concerns. The overlap for these seasons is Sept. 10 - 18, 2022. See page 15 of the brochure for more information.

Mandatory testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CPW will require mandatory submission of CWD test samples (heads) from all deer harvested for specific hunt codes as part of its Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. There is no charge for mandatory testing. The hunt codes selected for mandatory testing are shaded green in the 2022 Colorado Big Game brochure (see page 22 and 27-31). Check your hunt code closely as not all hunt codes in each Game Management Unit (GMU) were selected for mandatory CWD testing.

Get more information about where and how to submit a CWD sample