Application period for big game hunting licenses open | CraigDailyPress.com

Application period for big game hunting licenses open

Craig Press staff report

An elk takes in the view near the summit of Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2013.

DENVER — Applications are now open for limited 2018 big game hunting licenses, including sheep and goat. Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages all hunters to prepare and apply early for this year's license draw. 2018 will be the first big game draw process conducted in the new CPW integrated purchasing system, which means there are some significant changes for sportsmen and women this year.

One major change is that paper applications are no longer accepted; all applications must be completed online or over the phone. Additionally, payment in full is no longer required at the time of application. Hunters will be responsible only for their application fees and a $10 habitat stamp (if applicable) when applying. The cost of any licenses will not be charged until a hunter is successful in the draw.

CPW suggests applicants follow the following key steps before applying to solve common account issues.

• All customers need their Customer Identification number, or CID, driver's license or other unique identifier to look up or create their CPW account and confirm all stored personal information. This includes not only verifying the correct address, email and phone number on file, but also checking preference points to ensure those have carried over correctly.

• Be ready to confirm driver’s license information. For licenses issued or renewed within the past six months, license holders will need to confirm their residency with proper documentation at any CPW office. If preferred, applicants may also email accepted documentation to hunt planners; call 303-297-1192 for more details.

• Don’t wait until the last minute to verify information. Applications for the draw opened March 1 and will close April 3. Logging into the system and applying early will ensure access and confirm information well ahead of the closing date.