There are several important changes in the Colorado application process in 2018 that need your attention before you apply for 2018 licenses.
The CPW has gone to a single, integrated purchasing system. Hunters that were in the previous system must now look up their previous account and set up their profile in the new system. It is not automatically moved over and depends on you doing it yourself.
Every hunter, including youth, other members of families and members of hunting groups will need to have their own CPW account and each person must enter their own unique email, no exceptions. Your email becomes your account login along with a password you create.
All limited license applications are now paperless, including the trophy species that up until last year, could only be sent in by paper. You must apply at cpw.state.co.us
Good news – hunters for any species will not have to pay for the license(s) when they apply but they must still put in their payment information so that the card can be charged when they are successful in getting drawn.
But, if there is a problem with the payment, you must clear it up before the new payment deadline listed in the brochure that is due out on February 8. If you are not paying attention and do not pay by the payment deadline, you surrender your license and you lose both the license and the preference points. Hopefully, you will get an email alerting you to that fact. Make sure your email doesn’t have a typo and if for some reason the address changes you need to contact them.
The group application process has also changed. Now, the group leader must apply BEFORE the rest of the group submit their applications. With all these changes and the flood of activity the last week before the deadline, procrastination is not an option this year.
Last, OTC licenses will not go on sale until after the leftover licenses in early August.
For more information, see http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/BuyApply/7-Key-Changes-Limited-Lic-Apps.pdf You can also call 800-244-5613 for help. There is also a video to walk you through the new process at http://cpw.state.co.us/cpwshop