The application period for big game licenses is now open

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The application period for big game licenses in Colorado opened on Tuesday, March 1.

A video preview provided by CPW for the 2022 big game season can be viewed here. Read on for more information on the upcoming season.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants hunters to take note of a few things this season, including:

  • Qualifying Permit: Hunters must purchase a qualifying permit to participate in big game draws. All qualifying licenses are available from March 1 and must be purchased before claiming any big game licenses or preference points.
  • Bow hunters: There is no longer a maximum drop percentage for hand bows. Archery hunters can now use compound bows with any percentage of release, giving them more options when selecting archery gear for big seasons game.
  • Archery Clothing Suggestion: Archery deer, moose and bear hunters are encouraged to wear fluorescent orange or pink during the overlapping archery and muzzleloading seasons to help resolve security issues. The overlap for these seasons is September 10-18, 2022.
  • Mandatory screening for chronic wasting disease: The CPW will require mandatory submission of test samples for MDC (heads) from all deer harvested for specific hunt codes. There is no charge for mandatory tests.
  • Voluntary CWD screening for 2022: Hunters who harvested deer from a GMU not selected for mandatory testing, or who harvested an elk or moose from any GMU, may also voluntarily submit their animal for testing for a fee of $25 per animal .
  • Permit return deadline: Hunters who shoot elk, deer, bear pronghorn and moose permits, but decide to surrender their permits, will have until Monday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m. MT to surrender them. Hunters who shoot a bighorn sheep or mountain goat permit, but wish to surrender their permit, will have until Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. MT to surrender them.
  • License Exchange Fee: Hunters who wish to exchange their licenses will now be charged a flat fee of $5, instead of a percentage of the total license cost, as in previous years.
  • Plan your hunt: If you have any questions about setting up your accounts, planning your hunts, or applying for licenses, call center agents and hunt planners are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (303) 297-1192. Hunting resources are available at:

For more information and to purchase a license, please visit

Additionally, the full 2022 Colorado Big Game brochure is available here.

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