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2021 Colorado leftover hunting license list

2021 Colorado leftover hunting license list

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Just recently, the 2021 Colorado leftover tag preview list became available. You can access the leftover tag list here. According to Colorado, this year there are more than 33,000 limited big-game licenses up for grabs on leftover day.

All leftover licenses will be available for purchase online, and by phone at 1-800-244-5613, or in person at any CPW offices, and license retailers on Tuesday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m (MDT). You will not lose your points if you pick up a tag on the leftover list.

And again, to make things easier, I uploaded the original 2021 leftover list document for future use here. This can be useful for tracking trends in what tags made it through as a leftover as the document from Colorado will change as tags are picked up. You can access the document here.

These 2021 leftover tags are available after the main draw and the secondary draw. There also could be some reissued licenses if they were returned before August 3.

For the leftover tag list, remember that you can begin your research now for the leftover tag you might want to pick up by using Filtering 2.0, and Draw Odds to determine the popularity of the leftover tags (certain units in the leftover draw are highly coveted and will most likely be picked over fast), and you can even use our Application Strategy articles for further research.

Note: A qualifying license is not required to purchase a leftover limited license, reissued license or an over-the-counter license.

Tips for picking up a 2021 leftover license in Colorado

2021 Colorado leftover hunting license list screenshot

A quick screenshot of a sample of the Colorado limited hunting license leftover list for 2021. See the full list here.

It is very important to have an active account set up and be familiar with how to purchase a license before the start of the leftover day. This is extremely important because certain tags will be picked up fast and lots of tags will sell out within the first few minutes.

Be prepared for the leftover day by completing the following checklist before purchases begin on Tuesday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m (MDT).

1. Validate or create your customer account

  • If you are an existing customer, log in to to confirm that you can access your account. If you forgot your password, have a new one sent to you.
  • Have your CID, hunter ed and CC info validated in the system
  • If you are unsure whether or not you are a customer with an account, please use LOOK UP to see if you have an existing account. Caution: Do not create multiple accounts. Purchasing licenses with multiple accounts could potentially invalidate your sale.
  • If you are a new customer you need to create an account.

2. Confirm account details

  • Check that your contact info is correct, including phone, email and mailing address. Note: You will need to enter your credit card information when you check out (VISA, MASTERCARD OR DISCOVER).
  • Your credit card on file will not be charged automatically.

3. Don't go too far into the account process!

Available licenses will go on sale at 9 a.m. You may log into beginning at 8 a.m. to begin the purchase process. The system will reset at 8 a.m., meaning there is no advantage to logging in earlier. Customers who have logged in prior to 9 a.m. (but after 8 a.m.) can begin their purchase process but should not proceed beyond the residency page to hold their place in the queue.

After purchasing begins at 9 a.m., when you enter a hunt code and confirm it, that hunt code is “held” for you in the cart for 15 minutes or until you process the transaction, whichever comes first.

There will be a timer in the upper left corner of your screen that will let you know how long you have to finish processing your transaction, as well as pop-ups with 5 minutes left and when the time has expired. If the time is allowed to expire, another customer can hold/purchase that hunt code. Note: you may still see the quota available on the leftover list, even if all the quota for that particular hunt code has already sold out. That is because the leftover list only updates every 5 - 10 minutes.

Military preference

Remember, in Colorado, there is a military preference. Any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces stationed at any military facility in Colorado and actively deployed outside the United States, or any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is a Colorado resident and is deployed outside the United States, shall be allowed preference for the purchase of leftover licenses.

The Reissue Process

Just a reminder some reissued licenses will be available on the leftover list starting August 3 at 9 a.m.. Any additional reissued licenses that are not on the initial leftover list will be added starting August 11 at 11 a.m.. There will be a preview list available on August 10. The reissue preview list will be cleared after sales begin on Wednesday and will repopulate the following Tuesday. If there are no hunt codes available for reissue this week, the reissue preview list will get a blank report with the following message: “There are no reissued licenses scheduled for release this week.”

5 or more preference points

Returned deer, elk, antelope and bear hunt codes that took 5 or more resident preference points to draw, in the current years draw, will be reissued to the next person in the draw order.

  • These reissued licenses will require the use of preference points as per regulation if accepted.
  • If one of the first 5 customers contacted, per returned license, do not accept it, the license will then be reissued utilizing the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists.

4 or fewer preference points

All other returned limited and over-the-counter (OTC) with caps licenses, excluding public Ranching for Wildlife, will be available to any of the public, who meet licensing and education requirements. 

  • These returned limited and OTC with caps licenses reissued utilizing the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists will NOT require the use of preference points.
  • Limited and OTC with caps licenses will continue to be reissued as long as a sufficient number of licenses are returned or unsold.


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