Refund and Preference Point Restoration Change
Note, anyone may request and be given a refund or preference point restoration for a license no later than 30 days prior to the start of the season for which the license is valid. Also, most refunds are now subject to a $15.00 processing fee.
What Has Changed?
- To be eligible for a refund or restoration of preference points, a license must be turned into a CPW location or postmarked at least 30 days prior to the start of the season for which the license is valid.
- No refunds or preference point restorations will be given on exchanged licenses or licenses that cost less than $15.
- A $15 processing fee will be deducted from most refunds to help recover internal costs of processing that request. The $15 processing fee will not be charged for restoration of preference point requests, refunds to youth licenses, extreme medical circumstances, death of the license holder or license holder’s immediate family member, military deployment, or CPW error.
- Any request of refund or preference point restoration after the 30 day deadline will be limited to extreme medical circumstances, death of the license holder or license holder’s immediate family member, military deployment, or CPW error.
- Once a refund or preference point request form, and license, has been mailed or submitted to a CPW location, there is no way to recover that license.
- Returned limited licenses may be available for later purchase. Details of how to purchase will be available after July 1, 2016.
What Has Stayed the Same?
- Individuals must still choose between a refund or restoration of preference points; both will not be awarded.
- Refunds will not be given on annual licenses, including mountain lion licenses.
- Preference point restoration is not available on exchanged licenses.
- Refunds or restoration of preference points will still be given for any reason prior to 30 days before the start of the season, if submitted or postmarked appropriately.
- In cases of extreme medical circumstances, death of the license holder or license holder’s immediate family member, applications will be accepted no more than 30 days after the start of the season for which the license is valid, with the exception of military deployment.
A CHANGE to Article IV – Refunds, Reimbursements and Restoration of Preference Points is effective April 1, 2016. For More information, please refer to Chapter W-16 – Procedural Rules Article IV – Refunds, Reimbursement and Restoration of Preference Points.
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Licenses avaIlable online, In Person, by Phone
- Leftover limited licenses are licenses that have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. For example, if there were 1000 licenses for a certain elk hunt code, and only 100 people applied in the draws for that hunt code, there would be 900 leftover limited licenses remaining. The list of leftover limited licenses is now available online and will be updated every 15 minutes after 9am on August 5th.
- Over-the-counter (OTC) with caps licenses are licenses that are limited in number and only available first-come, first-served starting at 9am on August 5th. The list of over-the-counter with caps can be found in the 2014 big game brochure and is now available online. Please note that over-the-counter with caps rifle bear licenses have season participation rules. Please see page 52 of the 2014 big game brochure.
- Unlimited over-the-counter (OTC) licenses are licenses that are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are unlimited over-the-counter licenses for cow and either-sex archery elk, bull elk in the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons, either-sex elk in the plains, either-sex archery pronghorn, and doe and either-sex whitetail deer. These licenses are restricted to certain units and manners of take. For more information, please see the maps in the 2014 big game brochure (pages 27, 30-33 and 46). These licenses are listed in the online system without a hunt code or by asking for the specific OTC license by phone or in person.
If you have any questions, please contact CPW at 303.297.1192
Hunting Colorado’s Public Lands
CPW depends on feedback and advice from our state’s hunters and anglers to make the best decisions about wildlife and habitat management. The regional Sportsmen’s Caucuses are open to any local hunter and provide a forum for discussing more local issues.
Visit the Sportsmen’s Roundtable page.