Archery Elk Hunt

Common Questions About OTC Hunting Opportunities in Colorado

If you didn’t come up with a tag in the limited draw this year, remember that Colorado is the land of opportunity. Over-the-counter (OTC) elk licenses allow you to hunt every year, without having to apply for a limited tag.

If you have questions about these over-the-counter opportunities, you’re not alone. Details surrounding the OTC licenses are some of the most common questions we receive.

Here are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions.

Are OTC licenses available for both deer and elk?

Elk Hunting in Colorado

No. Over-the-counter licenses are available for elk only. Deer licenses in Colorado are issued through the limited license drawing. Any licenses that did not sell out in the initial draw will be available on the leftover list from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. However, pickings are usually very slim among these leftovers.

If you are interested in hunting deer in Colorado, we can help. Please feel free to contact us for information on the limited draw. Each year, applications are due by the first Tuesday in April.

Do I have to choose a specific unit when I purchase an OTC license?

No, you don’t. An over-the-counter elk license is valid in more than 100 units up and down the state. You can purchase your license, and then decide where to hunt. For a map of OTC units, you can refer to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Big Game Brochure.

Do I have to choose a specific season when I purchase an OTC license?

Yes, you do. There are over-the-counter licenses available for archery season, second rifle season, and third rifle season. Each of these OTC licenses is season-specific. For example, your archery OTC elk license is not valid during the second rifle season, and vice versa.

Can I purchase more than one OTC license in a year?

Maybe. You may not purchase more than one either-sex, or bull license in a single year. So, if you purchase an either-sex OTC archery elk tag, you may NOT purchase an OTC bull tag for either of the rifle seasons.

However, if you purchase an antlerless OTC archery elk license, you may still purchase an either-sex archery license, OR a bull license for the second or third rifle seasons.

Calling Elk During Archery Season

Additional Questions About Hunting in Colorado

Do you have more questions about hunting in Colorado or where to begin? Please give Adam a call at 208-691-3014 or send us a message. We’d love to help you begin planning your Colorado hunting adventure.

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