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ELK AND DEER LICENSE PRICES

Hunting licenses are not really an expense. The meat and horns are worth more than the price of the licenses. You are paying for Wildlife Management and an investment in hunting for the future.

Anyone born after Jan 1, 1949 MUST have a numbered hunter's safety card in order to purchase a Colorado hunting license.

Archery and rifle elk licenses except for the first and fourth rifle seasons are unlimited and sold over the counter at all sporting goods stores in Colorado. All deer licenses are limited and sold on a drawing basis. Non-resident elk licenses are $586.00, non-resident deer licenses $351.00, non-resident mountain lion licenses $351.00.  Add $5.00 for a Habitat Stamp.  A Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is required of people ages 19-64 as of 2007.   You can pick up your license when you arrive in Colorado or buy them online at the Colorado Division of Wildlife website:  www.wildlife.state.co.us

Muzzleloader elk, deer, and 1st rifle season elk licenses are limited and sold on a drawing basis. These licenses have application deadlines of April 6.2010. To obtain an application, please contact us or the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216; phone (303) 297-1192.

Please book your hunt early, even if you are planning on a hunt with a limited license drawing. If you wait until you find our whether or not you are successful, chances are most likely we will not have the hunt space available for you.  We have limited openings on all hunts. If you have a hunt booked with us, you will be sent a license application in March if you need to apply for a license by April 2, 2013. 

Archery elk licenses are either sex licenses. You may take a bull or a cow. Bulls must have 4 points or more or 5? brow tines. Archery deer licenses are also either sex licenses. However, Winterhawk Outfitters strongly urges hunters not to take the does or small bucks. We hope this will help ensure we always have a good, mature buck population.

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 YOUTH LICENSE PRICES

Youths aged 12-15 can buy a reduced cost license to hunt deer, elk and antelope.  A resident youth license costs $10.75, and non-resident youth licenses cost $100.75, a substantial savings.  The price is the same for both elk and deer.  Youths must be accompanied by a "mentor" while hunting big game.  A mentor must be 18 or older and have a hunter safety card if born after 1/1/49.  The mentor is not required to hunt.  Youths can apply for a license at age 11 if they reach their 12th birthday by the time they go hunting.  At age 16, youths must purchase a regular hunting license, and can hunt without a mentor.  Youths must meet hunter education requirements.

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 UNLIMITED ANTLERED (BULL) ELK LICENSES
Archery licenses and 2nd and 3rd Rifle Season Licenses will be issued over-the-counter. No application necessary for these licenses. Muzzleloader elk licenses and first and fourth season rifle elk licenses will be limited and on a drawing. Application deadline is April 2, 2013.

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PREFERENCE POINTS
In the units we hunt, (25 and 26), the only licenses that are on a draw are muzzleloading elk, 1st rifle season elk, 4th rifle season elk, and all deer tags.  All other tags are sold over-the-counter in unlimited supply.  But that is likely to change someday. Even if you are not currently considering a hunt that requires preference points to draw the license, you should still apply for preference points this year from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  You can apply for a Preference Point only, without the possibility of drawing a license.  Start accumulating preference points now for hunts in the future.  The application deadline for applying for licenses or preference points by April 2, 2013. Contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife, or us, for additional details and application forms.

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FIRST SEASON RIFLE, (ELK ONLY) - OCT. 12-16, 2013
With fewer hunters in the field, due to the licenses being on a draw, the first and fourth season elk-only hunts can be an excellent choice.   All licenses will be determined by drawing, so be sure to apply before April 6, 2010 if you are interested.  We will be happy in assisting you in completing the application form, just give us a call.

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 SECOND SEASON RIFLE, (ELK & DEER COMBO.) - OCT. 19-27, 2013

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THIRD SEASON RIFLE, (ELK & DEER COMBO.) - NOV. 2-10, 2013

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 FOURTH SEASON RIFLE, (ELK ONLY) - NOV 13-17, 2013

With fewer hunters in the field, due to the licenses being on a draw, the first and fourth season elk-only hunts can be an excellent choice.   All licenses will be determined by drawing, so be sure to apply before April 6, 2010 if you are interested.  We will be happy in assisting you in completing the application form, just give us a call.

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 MUZZLELOADING ELK AND DEER LICENSES--SEPT.14-22, 2013

Muzzleloading Elk Licenses will be determined by drawing, so be sure to apply before April 2, 2013 if you are interested.  So if you plan on a muzzleloading hunt it is best to plan ahead and apply early to gain your preference points, as it will take a few years to accumulate. We will be happy in assisting you in completing the application form, just give us a call.  

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 LIMITED DEER LICENSE

All deer licenses (archery, rifle and muzzleloading) will be issued by drawing this year. There will be no deer licenses sold over the counter. In the last few years our hunters have had 100% success on drawing Deer Licenses. Everyone that put in for a Deer Licenses did get it. Also in 2012 there was left over Deer Licenses after the Drawing in May. Remember the application deadline is April 2, 2013.

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MOUNTAIN LION
Nonresident Mountain Lion License fees $351.00, add $5.00 for a Habitat Stamp as well.  Mountain Lion Licenses can be bought over the counter and are unlimited. New for 2007-2008, you must obtain a mountain lion education certificate issued by the DOW.  Information about the course is available through the DOW at www.wildlife.state.co.us or you can call them at 303-297-1192

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