Colorado Preference Point Instructions

Here are detailed instructions for drawing a Colorado preference point for ELK and/or DEER. Draw Deadline April 4, 2017

COST OF A PREFERENCE POINT ONLY IS $40.00 PER SPECIES. Colorado does not charge for the preference point if you held certain hunting or fishing licenses from Colorado the previous year, or a license for the same species for which you are seeking the point in the current year. The full cost of a license will be charged to your credit card when you apply for the preference point and a refund check (less the $40.00 if applicable) will be mailed after the draw (around July 1st). A $10 habitat stamp (1) and $3 application fee will also be charged and are not refundable.

To apply for an elk preference point only go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at: https://www.co.wildlifelicense.com/start.php. Press Start Now at bottom of the page. You will need your CID number which you will find on a recent Colorado hunting license or on the address label of correspondence to you from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. If you don't have it you may enter your driver’s license and date of birth and the system will look it up for you. If you are a first time applicant there will be a few more personal questions including your social security number and a CID will be issued during the application process. If born after 1949 please have your hunter safety card handy to enter the Hunter Safety Number as well.

After entering your CID number and being identified, select BIG GAME & TURKEY LICENSES & APPLICATIONS, make sure the current year is displayed and submit select ELK, then APPLY NOW. Apply for the elk license draw entering the preference point code of E-P-999-99-P as your first choice. no second choice, refund as your unsuccessful option. At the bottom of the page VALIDATE HUNT CODE & UNSUCCESSFUL OPTION. Check your selections, enter your hunter safety information, then COMPLETE & SELECT HABITAT STAMP. Go to the bottom of the page and select the $10 Habitat Stamp with a License the ADD SELECTED LICENSES & COMPLETE TRANSACTION. P&W will charge the cow elk license price of $481.00 plus a $3.00 application fee and the $10 habitat stamp for a total of $494.00, you will pay with your credit card. Refunds less the $40.00 for the point and $13.00 habitat stamp & application fee will be mailed back to you around the first of July.

To draw a deer preference point the process is the same, just select BIG GAME & TURKEY LICENSES & APPLICATIONS again, the current license year, DEER, APPLY NOW. Use preference point only code D-P-999-99-P Charge for a preference point only for deer will be $389 (deer license cost + $3 non-refundable application fee) to your credit card which will be refunded less the $40.00 for the point by check around the first of July.

Follow the prompts to confirm your information, you will be given an opportunity to correct any errors. When satisfied check out entering your credit card information, when the process is complete you will receive a receipt with a confirmation number. Save this number.

If you plan to hunt an over the counter season this fall you may apply for a preference point as your first choice hunt and purchase your over the counter license as the unsuccessful option - in this case there will be no charge for the preference point.

Some hunters are confused about how over counter seasons impact their points. IT DOES NOT COST ANY PREFERENCE POINTS TO HUNT ELK IN COLORADO OVER THE COUNTER (UNLIMITED LICENSES) YOU MAY HUNT AND CONTINUE ACCUMULATING PREFERENCE POINTS.

Click Here to access Colorado Parks & Wildlife Interactive Big Game Brochure

Click Here for Colorado Draw instructions with video

We are always happy to answer questions so feel free to phone. We can even help you enter your application quickly over the phone

Lee & Valerie Weiss
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