How to obtain a preference point through the draw system in 2023
Application will be accepted beginning March 1, 2023, the deadline to apply is 8pm MT on April 4, 2023. Colorado Big Game license applications will only be accepted online at cpw.state.co.us, or by phone: 1-800-244-5613 (24/7) Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
Upper Right-hand Corner – Login to your account
You will need an identifier = your CIN number and password, if you don’t have it you may look it up. Enter your credentials and select “Sign in”
Confirm your account detail, making any corrections to the information displayed. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the lower left hand corner it says “Going Hunting or Fishing?”. Just below that, select “Add required information” and complete or correct the information there as well. Then Select “Confirm Details” in the lower righthand corner.
Your account summary will come up. Be sure to check your credit card information as this is the card that will be charged when they draw out the licenses. Then click on Go hunting and Fishing on the top menu. Select buy a big game license.
Be sure to read the big game application information page. Then click hunting on the left hand menu, this will take you to the purchase a small game license page and you must purchase the annual license. It will then inform you that the necessary habit stamp will be added, press OK to move on.
The next page will inform you if you are required to have hunter safety (anyone born after Jan. 1st, 1949). Enter the number, country and state issued. Click on the add to cart button.
You will then see screen that will allow you to enter your hunt code. If applying for one of our hunts we will supply you with the proper hunt code for your hunt. If applying for a preference point only, in the "#1 Choice Code" enter the elk preference point only code E-P-999-99-P. Scroll down to the instructions that says “If I am unsuccessful in this drawing, please send me:” and select “Nothing”.
At this point you will be asked to confirm your choice and if all is correct then press the "add to your cart" button. If you wish to apply for another species do so at this time, the process is the same.
At this point you can proceed to your cart to check out. Your will be charged a $9.00 application fee for each species that you applied for. In addition, you will be charged for your small game license ( non-resident with all the stamps $92.91). Be sure to select that this is fulfilled by mail, standard shipping and that the mailing address is correct. You will not be charged for your elk or deer license at this time, however the credit card you use must be active on the draw date or you will not receive your license.
You may then proceed to payment. Enter all necessary information and be sure to accept the terms and conditions of use or you will not be able to submit payment. You can then print the page with your conformation and will receive a conformation email soon.
Applications may be changed or corrected by the hunter through the same account login until the 8pm MT draw deadline April 4, 2023.
Use the 800 number at the top of this page to have your license or preference point application processed over the phone. For questions about the changes to the preference point system outlined here call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-297-1192 (M-F, 8am-5pm MT)
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