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APPLICATION STRATEGY 2020: Colorado Elk and Antelope

Utah 2020 elk and antelope application strategy

Colorado's 2020 elk and antelope application overview

Jump to: NEW FOR 2020 State Information Draw System Elk Breakdown Antelope Breakdown

The application deadline for Colorado is April 7, 2020 at 8:00 MST. You can apply online here or via telephone at 1-800-244-5613. Paper applications are no longer available.


New for 2020

  • New secondary big game drawing will replace the leftover draw. Licenses remaining after the primary drawing will be available in the secondary drawing. The secondary drawing is open to anyone — whether they applied in the primary drawing or not (more on the secondary drawing under the draw system section below). Learn more here.
  • Every applicant must purchase a qualifying license to apply in a big game draw (primary or secondary). The annual qualifying license and habitat stamp will now be valid from March 1 to 31 of the following year (i.e. for 13 months). 
  • The new 2020 to 2024 big game season structure starts in 2020. Be aware that season dates fluctuate. Review the dates for the hunts you are planning to apply for or purchase licenses for to make sure they meet your objectives. 
  • New this year, there are some archery and muzzleloader bear licenses available in unlimited numbers as an “add on” license. You can add one of these licenses if you have a deer or elk license for the same method of take and at least one unit overlaps. Look for the “bear paw” symbol in the 2020 regulations brochure for those opportunities.
  • The Big Game Walk-In Access Program will now offer big game hunting on many properties across eastern Colorado. See page 12 and the current Regular Walk-in Atlas for more details.
  • Many float groups — groups of hunt codes where the quota is shared between them — have changed this year. Be sure to apply for the hunt code you wish to hunt as you may not be able to exchange your license once you receive it.

Elk

  • Previously over-the-counter (OTC), there are new limited archery hunts for bull elk in Units 44, 45, 47 and 444
  • Previously OTC, there are new limited archery hunts in Units 70, 71, 72, 73, 711, 74, 741, 75, 751, 77, 78, 771. Applicants can apply for bull or cow hunts. The licenses are not either sex.
  • Second and third rifle seasons for either sex elk in Unit 83 are now limited and will be allocated through the draw.
  • Unit 214 has a new first season rifle bull elk hunt.
  • The boundary split in Unit 521 has been removed for second, third and fourth rifle season. 

State information

To view important information and an overview of Colorado’s rules/regulations, the draw system and preference points, tag and license fees and an interactive boundary line map, check out our State Profile. You can also view the Species Profiles to access historical and statistical data to help you find trophy units.

Colorado is a fairly easy state to apply in. You will have to create an online account if you have not previously done so. That can be done by going here. Or you can call 1-800-244-5613 for help getting an account.

Colorado State Profile Elk Profile Antelope Profile Draw Odds Filtering 2.0

Important dates and information

  • The deadline to apply for all species in Colorado is 8:00 p.m. MST on April 7, 2020.
  • You can only apply online here or by calling 1-800-244-5613.
  • Draw results will be available roughly June 3 to 7, 2020.
  • All applicants, including youth, must purchase a qualifying license before applying for the big game draw(s).
  • A qualifying license is one of the following:
    • Residents or Nonresidents
      • 2020 annual resident or nonresident spring turkey
      • 2020 annual small game license
      • 2020 annual youth small game license
    • Residents Only
      • 2020 annual resident combination small game/fishing license
      • Veteran's lifetime resident combination small game/fishing license
      • New in 2020: annual resident senior combo small game/fishing
      • New in 2020: disabled resident first responder lifetime combo small game/fishing
  • Applicants do not have to front the cost of the licenses that they are applying for.
  • Applicants born after Jan. 1, 1949 must have completed an approved hunter’s education course before applying and you must carry your hunter’s education card with you while you hunt.
  • Hunters over the age of 50 or military personnel who have not completed hunter’s education can take a one-time online test to test out. The cost is $24.50 and you must pass with 90%.
  • Colorado is a preference point state for deer, elk and antelope (more on points below).
  • If you draw a license and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is unable to charge the credit card on file, you must pay for the license online or by phone or at a CPW office by June 19. If you do not, your license is surrendered and you lose both the license and any preference points you used to draw it.
  • If you drew a license you would like to return, payment for the license is still required first. You can then return it for a refund or preference point restoration. You must relinquish your license and carcass tag at least 30 days before the opening day of the season for which the license is valid.

Cost to apply

Item Resident Nonresident
Application fee $7.00 $9.00
Qualifying license/annual
small game hunt license
$30.11 $82.78
Youth qualifying license/annual
small game hunt license
$1.26 $1.26
Habitat stamp $10.13 $10.13
*Elk bull adult $55.43 $670.25
*Elk either sex adult $55.43 $670.25
*Elk cow adult $55.43 $503.12
*Elk youth $15.68 $102.78
*Antelope adult $40.24 $401.83
*Antelope youth $15.68 $102.78
*License cost will only be charged if you are successful in the draw.

Total cost for an adult nonresident to apply will be $92.91 plus $9 per species.

2020 season dates

Dates for elk seasons in 2020*

Season Dates
Archery Sept. 2 to 30
Muzzleloader Sept. 12 to 20
First rifle season Oct. 10 to 14
Second rifle season Oct. 24 to Nov. 1
Third rifle season Nov. 7 to 13
Fourth rifle season Nov. 18 to 22
*Unless otherwise noted in the brochure tables

Colorado statewide elk harvest - updated 2020

Dates for antelope seasons in 2020*

Season Dates
Archery Aug. 15 to Sept. 20
Muzzleloader Sept. 21 to 29
Rifle Oct. 3 to 11
*Unless otherwise noted in the brochure tables.

2020 winter precipitation

2020 Colorado water precipitation

Colorado snow water equivalent update as of March 4, 2020. Source: National Resources Conservation Service

2019 winter precipitation

Colorado snow water equivalent percent of normal as of March 2019

Colorado snow water equivalent update as of March 20, 2019. Source: National Resources Conservation Service

2018 winter precipitation

Colorado snow water equivalent as of late March 2018
Colorado snow water equivalent update as of March 15, 2018. Source: National Resources Conservation Service
Intermountain west February 2019 precipitation as a percent of normal
February 2019 precipitation as a percentage of normal. Photo credit: Colorado State

The draw system

Understanding the draw

Nonresidents can be allocated up to 35% of the elk licenses for each hunt code unless the hunt has taken residents at least six years or more to draw on average over a three year period. In these cases, nonresidents can be allocated up to 20% of the total licenses for those hunts.

There is no resident/nonresident allocation split in licenses for antelope.

Point system

Colorado utilizes a true preference point system to allocate elk and antelope licenses, meaning the applicants with the most points that apply for any given hunt draw the licenses. There is no random draw for licenses.

Preference points are acquired by either being unsuccessful in the draw for your first hunt choice or simply using the preference only code as your first hunt choice. Colorado considers every applicant's first choice before moving to subsequent choices. You can draw a hunt as a second, third or fourth choice and still build a preference point for that year. You cannot build more than one preference point per year. If you draw your first hunt choice, your preference points will be purged. If you fail to apply for a species or have not purchased a license for ten consecutive years, then all accumulated preference points for that species will be purged.

Elk preference point only code: E-P-999-99-P

Antelope preference point only code: A-P-999-99-P

Group applications

Group applications of any number are accepted for elk and antelope. Residents and nonresidents can apply together. One person must be the group leader and all applications in that group are linked together with that group leader’s CID. Every member of the group must apply for the same hunt at each choice. The group application will go into the draw with the lowest number of preference points of any single member of the group. This means that if a group of three apply and they have four, nine and 14 points, the application will go into the draw with four points. CPW will not over allocate licenses to cover a group application if there are not enough permits left.

Second drawing

Licenses remaining after the primary drawing will be available in the secondary drawing. The secondary drawing is open to anyone — whether they applied in the primary drawing or not. Applicants must have purchased a qualifying license to apply for the secondary draw. The secondary draw does not use preference points and you cannot apply for preference points. Any licenses remaining after the secondary draw will be placed on the leftover list and available for purchase on leftover day, starting Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.

Returned and reissued licenses 

Most limited licenses that have been returned will be made available to other hunters through a reissue process. Returned limited licenses that took five or more preference points to draw will be offered to the next applicant in line — up to five applicants. Those that took four or fewer preference points to draw will be available to the public on the leftover list. Any additional reissued hunt codes that are not on the initial list will be added starting Aug. 11 and periodically thereafter. 

OTC

Starting Aug. 6, OTC licenses will be available in person at sales agents, by phone at 1-800-244-5613, or online after the season starts. They are available at CPW locations only — except for OTC archery elk, OTC plains rifle either sex elk and OTC archery antelope licenses, which can be purchased at any sales agent.


Colorado's 2020 elk breakdown

The current Colorado elk population is 286,680 elk statewide. Colorado manages their herds in 31 different Data Analysis Units (DAU) with the various units placed in unit groups. The following tables will give you the estimated populations and bull:cow ratios for the top DAUs and the units within each group.

Colorado post hunt elk population estimate - updated 2020

Colorado elk populations by DAU (data analysis unit)

Unit 2018 population Population trend Bull:cow ratio
2, 201 1,630 Up 22:100
3, 301, 4, 441, 5, 14, 214 24,080 Down 16:100
6, 16, 161, 17, 171 6,480 Up 34:100
7, 8, 9, 19, 191 4,160 Down 24:100
53, 54, 63 8,070 Up 22:100
11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231 45,870 Up 23:100
15, 27 5,750 Down 30:100
18, 181 4,480 Down 27:100
20 2,380 Up 47:100
21, 22, 30, 31, 32 11,070 Down 24:100
82 5,080 Up 52:100
35, 36 3,730 Up 25:100
28, 37, 371 5,880 Down 42:100
41, 411, 42, 421, 52, 521 13,340 Down 26:100
43, 471 4,240 Down 24:100
44, 444, 45, 47 6,060 Up 22:100
48, 481, 56, 561 3,420 Down 26:100
50, 500, 501 2,190 Up 36:100
40 3,400 Up 23:100
61, 62 9,540 Up 16:100
10 1,640 Down 70:100
49, 57, 58 3,800 Down 31:100
511, 512, 581, 59, 591 3,940 Up 25:100
70, 71, 711, 72, 73 16,890 Down 17:100
66, 67 6,560 Up 22:100
68, 681 3,710 Up 18:100
86, 691, 861 2,090 Up 22:100
69, 84 2,080 Down 39:100
74, 741 4,810 No change 16:100
75, 751, 77, 771, 78 18,690 Down 15:100
80, 81 10,320 Down 20:100
83, 85, 851, 140 16,200 Down 22:100
76, 79 5,100 Down 28:100
64, 65 6,190 Up 21:100
29, 38 1,230 Up 26:100
39, 46, 391, 461 2,270 Up 33:100
60 2,810 Up 40:100
55, 551 4,650 Down 24:100
1 200 No change 33:100
51, 104, 105, 106, 110, 111 1,480 Up 15:100
133, 134, 135, 141, 142 1,020 Up 19:100
682, 791 150 No change 18:100

goHUNT's hit list units for Colorado elk in 2020

Top hit list hunt units to consider for 320" or better bulls
(not in order of quality)

Unit Trophy potential Season offered Resident points to draw Nonresident points to draw
201 370”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Early rifle
23 (57%)
23 (15%)
24 (16%)​​​​​​
27 (100%)
27 (17%)
28 (22%)​​​​​​
851* 370”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
8 (67%)
6 (20%)
17 (51%)
15 (100%)
22 (100%)
18 (67%)
11 (100%)
14 (100%)
23 (100%)
21 (100%)
24 (33%)
26 (100%)
2 360”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Early rifle
21 (15%)
22 (67%)
23 (54%)​​​​​​
27 (100%)
27 (33%)
27 (19%)​​​​​​
40 360”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
7 (7.9%)
8 (67%)
10 (15%)
8 (29%)
8 (13%)
7 (36%)
12 (11%)
18 (75%)
23 (33%)
17 (100%)
14 (50%)
14 (33%)
10 350”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Early rifle
19 (26%)
21 (51%)
22 (69%)
25 (14%)
26 (50%)
27 (33%)
1 350”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Early rifle
16 (50%)
13 (100%)
16 (14%)
NA
NA
24 (50%)
61 350”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Early rifle
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
14 (87%)
16 (71%)
19 (92%)
11 (7%)
9 (86%)
9 (86%)
9 (86%)
22 (29%)
23 (22%)
25 (31%)
22 (65%)
21 (65%)
21 (65%)
21 (65%)
49 340”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
5 (78%)
6 (52%)
8 (15%)
4 (41%)
4 (41%)
4 (41%)
5 (62%)
12 (62%)
12 (50%)
4 (38%)
4 (38%)
4 (38%)
76 340”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Early rifle
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
7 (29%)
8 (42%)
17 (30%)
6 (14%)
5 (79%)
5 (65%)
14 (37%)
20 (16%)
22 (17%)
15 (54%)
13 (75%)
10 (50%)
20 330”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
Late rifle
Second late rifle
5 (100%)
3 (100%)
4 (100%)
3 (40%)
4 (100%)
3 (50%)
4 (46%)
6 (100%)
5 (25%)
11 (75%)
16 (50%)
6 (100%)
5 (67%)
5 (33%)
6 (78%)
9 (80%)
69, 84 330”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
2 (66%)
3 (32%)
4 (45%)
2 (52%)
3 (61%)
2 (43%)
2 (73%)
4 (50%)
4 (45%)
2 (50%)
4 (100%)
4 (100%)

*Unit 20 referenced above is valid in the entire unit. Unit 851 Bosque Del Oso WA only is a 30,000-acre state wildlife area (SWA). Annually, elk move off of the adjacent private lands and winter on the SWA. The third and fourth rifle seasons here offer very good low-pressure hunts for great bulls. There are other hunts also, but the better hunts are later in the season.


How to uncover hidden gem elk units

Colorado is a great opportunity elk state and given that permits are allocated in a true preference point system, it’s relatively easy to see where the hidden gems might be by scrolling through the standalone draw odds. You can see that the hidden gems in Colorado are mostly tucked away in the hunts that can be drawn with zero to perhaps six or seven points and even the OTC areas produce nice bulls every year.

There were 36 archery draw hunts available last year. Of those, 28 hunts could have been drawn with zero to seven points. There were only three archery draw hunts that fell within the eight to 20 point range and there were five hunts that required more than 22 points. The muzzleloader and rifle hunts have similar ratios. If you are just getting into the system, consider drawing a license somewhere in the zero to seven point range to get back in the system and go hunting again.

There are 127 OTC archery units, 147 OTC second rifle season units, and 94 OTC third rifle season units. By utilizing our Filtering 2.0 feature, INSIDERs can filter by trophy potential, harvest success, bull:cow ratios, public land and the draw odds to narrow down the best hidden gem options. Visit the unit profiles, which offer terrain and other information like bull:cow ratios that can help you determine what unit is right for you. There are very good OTC options to hunt elk in Colorado.

Percent of COLORADO ELK TAGS DRAWN 1ST - 4TH CHOICE - updated 2020

TOTAL NUMBER OF COLORADO ELK TAGS DRAWN 1ST - 4TH CHOICE - updated 2020

Good hunts in the 0 to 7 preference point range

Unit Trophy
potential
Season Resident points to draw Nonresident points to draw Harvest success
49 340”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle 
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
5 (78%)
6 (52%)
NA
4 (41%)
4 (41%)
4 (41%)
5 (62%)
NA
NA
4 (38%)
4 (38%)
4 (38%)<
21%
23%
45%
22%
42%
50%
20 330”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
Late rifle
Second late rifle
5 (100%)
3 (100%)
4 (100%)
3 (40%)
4 (100%)
3 (50%)
4 (46%)
6 (100%)
5 (25%)
NA
NA
6 (100%)
5 (67%)
5 (33%)
6 (78%)
NA
25%
58%
24%
45%
67%
59%
52%
52%
69, 84 330”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
2 (66%)
3 (32%)
4 (45%)
2 (52%)
3 (61%)
2 (43%)
2 (73%)
4 (50%)
4 (45%)
2 (50%)
4 (100%)
4 (100%)
26% (84)
42% (84)
30%
17% (69)
68% (69)
47% (84)
501 330”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
3 (92%)
2 (62%)
3 (50%)
2 (76%)
2 (76%)
2 (76%)
2 (17%)
6 (75%)
4 (36%)
2 (75%)
2 (75%)
2 (75%)
12%
25%
16%
15%
37%
44%
66 320”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
1 (24%)
5 (100%)
0 (38%)
0 (91%)
0 (58%)
0 (50%)
6 (62%)
NA
2 (38%)
0 (14%)
1 (88%)
1 (50%)
34%
33%
38%
31%
47%
27%
67 320”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
1 (11%)
2 (33%)
0 (89%)
0 (100%)
0 (48%)
0 (55%)
3 (39%)
NA
0 (68%)
0 (100%)
0 (59%)
0 (17%)
27%
26%
24%
17%
54%
25%
57, 58 310”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
Fourth rifle
1 (52%)
1 (41%)
2 (24%)
2 (32%)
2 (4.7%)
1 (27%)
1 (50%)
2 (43%)
3 (86%)
2 (20%)
3 (100%)
1 (60%)
18% (58)
33% (58)
46% (57)
40% (58)
21% (57)
44% (57)
44, 45, 47, 444 310”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
New hunt
0 (100%)
0 (21%)
New hunt
0 (100%)
0 (21%)
NA
28% (444)
43% (444)
48 310”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
Third rifle
1 (37%)
2 (43%)
2 (53%)
1 (84%)
1 (84%)
1 (55%)
7 (67%)
3 (8.3%)
1 (100%)
1 (100%)
10%
29%
63%
33%
33%
29 300”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
Second rifle
2 (57%)
1 (88%)
1 (67%)
2 (78%)
3 (100%)
1 (100%)
NA
2 (100%)
33%
23%
33%
67%
*23, 24, 33
(north of n. fork of
white river)
300”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
0 (99%)
2 (93%)
0 (100%)
0 (8.6%)
3 (14%)
0 (100%)
17% (23)
32% (23)
35% (211)
80, 81 300”+ Muzzleloader
First rifle
Fourh rifle
1 (46%)
0 (32%)
0 (63%)
4 (71%)
0 (17%)
0 (78%)
23% (81)
23% (81)
19% (80)
*12, 23, 24 280”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
First rifle
0 (70%)
2 (87%)
0 (100%)
2 (42%)
NA
0 (100%)
17% (12&23)
42% (12)
35% (211)
*First rifle season in Unit 12, 23, 24, 33 also valid in Unit 11, 13, 25, 26, 34, 131, 211 and 231

Something to consider is that Colorado’s draw system is such that applicants can draw hunts as a second choice and still retain and build a point for that year. In this scenario, applicants could go hunting and still keep and build a preference point for the following year. In the table below, we have selected hunts that were good options as a second choice. 

Good hunts as a second choice

Unit Resident second choice to draw Nonresident second choice to draw Harvest success
15, 27 24% - muzzleloader 32% - muzzleloader 17% (15)
12, 13, 23, 24 100% - fourth rifle 100% - fourth rifle 39% (13)
18, 181 43% - muzzleloader
66% - first rifle
45% - muzzleloader
44% - first rifle
19% (181)
23%
35, 36, 361 69% - muzzleloader 54% - muzzleloader 21% (361)
36, 361 3.6% - fourth rifle 100% - fourth rifle 44% (36)
39 100% - third rifle 100% - third rifle 47%
44, 45, 47, 444 72% - muzzleloader 64% - muzzleloader 28% (444)
67 22% - second rifle 30% - second rifle 17%
74, 741 100% - muzzleloader
54% - first rifle
100% - muzzleloader
29% - first rifle
100% (741)
14% (741)
75, 751 100% - muzzleloader
100% - first rifle
100% - muzzleloader
100% - first rifle
19% (75)
26% (75)
11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231 100% - first rifle 100% - first rifle 35% (211)
21, 22, 30, 31, 32 100% - first rifle 100% - first rifle 30% (31)
41, 42, 52, 411, 421, 521 100% - first rifle 100% - first rifle 38% (52)
54 28% - first rifle 32% - first rifle 29%
82 100% - first rifle 45% - first rifle 38%

Colorado still has excellent OTC hunting opportunities for archery, second and third rifle seasons. Below we outline what we consider some of the best OTC hunts.

Good OTC hunts to consider

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest success Bull:cow ratio
4 300”+ Second rifle: 16%
Third rifle: 23%
16:100
14 280”+ Archey: 10%
Second rifle: 12%
Third rifle: 11%
16:10
16 300”+ Archey: 9%
Second rifle: 10%
Third rifle: 9%​​​​​​
34:100
161 280”+ Archey: 7%
Second rifle: 18%
Third rifle: 10%
34:100
18 310”+ Archey: 7%
Second rifle: 7%
Third rifle: 16%
27:100
361 300”+ Archey: 8%
Second rifle: 4%
Third rifle: 16%
NA
25 300”+ Archey: 9%
Second rifle: 11%
Third rifle: 17%
23:100
26 300”+ Archey: 6%
Second rifle: 11%
Third rifle: 10%
23:100
35 310”+ Archey: 7%
Second rifle: 6%
Third rifle: 17%
25:100
36 310”+ Archey: 3%
Second rifle: 18%
Third rifle: 14%
25:100
30 320”+ Archey: 15%
Second rifle: 23%
Third rifle: 13%
24:100
31 310”+ Archey: 16%
Second rifle: 23%
Third rifle: 20%
24:100
32 310”+ Archey: 13%
Second rifle: 16%
Third rifle: 24%
24:100
62 320”+ Archey: 11%
Second rifle: 17%
Third rifle: 11%
16:100
65 300”+ Archey: 11%
Second rifle: 24%
Third rifle: 22%
21:100
77 300”+ Second rifle: 26%
Third rifle: 17%
15:100
78 300”+ Second rifle: 21%
Third rifle: 21%
15:100
444 310”+ Archey: 6%
Second rifle: 11%
Third rifle: 8%
22:100
521 310”+ Archey: 14%
Second rifle: 18%
Third rifle: 13%​​​​​​
26:100

B&C entry trends for Colorado elk

Units listed below may not have a current hunt for this species. Units in this table are included if any part of the unit is found within the county. Data provided below courtesy of the Boone and Crockett Club.

Colorado's top Boone & Crockett producing counties since 2010 for typical elk

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Moffat 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12,
13, 201, 211, 301, 441
Mesa 4 30, 31, 40, 41, 42, 60, 61,
62, 411, 421
Park 4 39, 46, 49, 50, 500, 501, 57, 58, 581

Map of Colorado&#39;s typical elk B&amp;C all time entries 2020

Top B&amp;C typical elk locations since 2010 - Colorado 2020 app strategy

Colorado's top Boone & Crockett producing counties since 2010 for nontypical elk

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Las Animas 5 85, 133, 134, 136, 137,
140, 141, 142, 143, 147, 851
Fremont 3 58, 581, 59, 591, 69, 691, 84
Moffat 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12,
13, 201, 211, 301, 441

Map of Colorado&#39;s nontypical elk B&amp;C all time entries 2020


The points system

The preference point race

2020 maximum preference points for elk: 34

COLORADO RESIDENT ELK POINTS GOING INTO THE 2020 DRAW

COLORADO NONRESIDENT ELK POINTS GOING INTO THE 2020 DRAW

COLORADO ELK PREFERENCE POINTS GOING INTO THE 2020 DRAW

Managing points and expectations

I have 0 to 5 elk preference points. What can I expect?

When reviewing the draw odds, it makes more sense to draw a permit every few years and go hunting because there are very few great options in the eight to 15 point range. Review the table above entitled, “Good hunts in the 0 to 7 preference point range.” Cross reference those with the population and bull:cow ratios to narrow your search down to the best options. There are also many more hunts that can be explored by using the trophy potential, harvest success, public land percentage filters built into Filtering 2.0 and the standalone draw odds. There are so many options regardless of what weapon you want to hunt with or how many points you have. 

Find your resident archery elk draw odds with zero points here

Find your nonresident archery elk draw odds with zero points here

Find your resident muzzleloader elk draw odds with zero points here

Find your nonresident muzzleloader elk draw odds with zero points here

Find your resident rifle elk draw odds with zero points here

Find your nonresident rifle elk draw odds with zero points here

I have 6 to 10 elk preference points. What can I expect?

As previously stated, there are not many good hunts that can be drawn if you fall within this range. If you have been building points under the assumption that you will eventually catch a Unit 102 or 201 permit, do yourself a favor and visit the detailed draw odds page for those hunts and see how many people are ahead of you. The number of years you will wait to draw is staggering. If you would like to draw a permit within this range, some of the better hunts are listed below. 

Residents 

Nonresidents

Find your resident elk draw odds with 10 points here

Find your nonresident elk draw odds with 10 points here

I have 11 to 15 elk preference points. What can I expect?

There are not many quality hunts representative of the number of points it takes to draw them. Research the point creep on the top-tier hunts to see if banking points are worth it. 

If you would like to draw a permit within this range, some of the better hunts are listed below.

Residents 

  • Archery: 61
  • Muzzleloader: 1
  • First rifle: 40, 61
  • Second rifle: 851

Nonresidents

  • Archery: 40, 76
  • Muzzleloader: 20, 49, 851
  • First rifle: 49
  • Second rifle: 76
  • Third rifle: 40, 76
  • Fourth rifle: 40

Find your resident elk draw odds with 15 points here

Find your nonresident elk draw odds with 15 points here

I have 16 to 25 elk preference points. What can I expect?

A lot of applicants in this range may be looking at top-tier Units: 2, 10 and 201. If you are a nonresident in the 16 to 20 point range, those hunts could still take a couple of decades to draw so be aware of that and check the detailed draw odds page to see how long the wait could be. Below are good options within this point range.

Residents

Nonresidents

Find your resident elk draw odds with 25 points here

Find your nonresident elk draw odds with 25 points here

I have 26 plus elk preference points. What can I expect?

Every archery and muzzleloader hunt was available to residents at 24 points. Every early rifle hunt could have been drawn at 25 points. For nonresidents, the archery hunt in Unit 2 and 201 required 27 points; Unit 10 required 26. Muzzleloader hunts in Unit 2 and 201 required 28 points; Unit 10 required 27 points. Early rifle in Unit 1 required 25 points, Unit 61 required 26 points, Unit 2 and Unit 10 took 28 points. Unit 201 required 29 points. The last hunt worth a look within this range is the fourth rifle hunt in Unit 851 that required 26 points. 


Colorado's 2020 antelope breakdown

The antelope population has dipped some, dropping from a statewide estimated population of 85,280 to 79,290. Colorado also does not typically produce the trophy caliber of bucks that are found in Wyoming, New Mexico or Arizona. Overall, antelope hunting is more of an opportunity species rather than a trophy species in Colorado. 

One of the biggest issues with hunting antelope in Colorado is finding good portions of public land and access in some of the areas where antelope herds are the largest. The largest herds in the state occur in Unit 110, 111, 118, 119, 123, 124; Unit 3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 214, 301, 441 and Unit 128, 129, 133, 134, 135, 140, 141, 142, 147. If you look at a map of the units, you’ll see that most of those units are located on the eastern plains and there is very little public land. There may be some walk in or other accessible land to hunt, but it’s just going to take some additional work to find those.

There are other smaller pockets of antelope and good opportunities to hunt — it just takes some research. Colorado offers limited quota hunts for archery, muzzleloader and rifle antelope. There are also some units where you can still buy an OTC archery license. Within those areas, it’s difficult to find public land to hunt. 

The draw system of antelope is similar to elk and deer; the applicants with the most preference points who apply for each hunt will draw the licenses. The antelope draw is slightly different in that there is no license quota split between residents and nonresidents.

Current antelope herd condition

Colorado antelope populations by unit

Unit 2019 population Population trend Buck:doe ratio
87, 88, 89, 90, 94, 95, 951 6,680 Down 40:100
99, 100 1,720 Up 29:100
6, 16, 17, 161, 171 1,660 Down 35:100
93, 97, 98, 101, 102 640 Down 18:100
120, 121, 125, 126 3,620 Up 42:100
112, 113, 114, 115 3,030 Down 21:100
128, 129, 133, 134, 135, 140, 141, 142, 147 10,440 Up 46:100
110, 111, 118, 119, 123, 124 11,270 Down 53:100
3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 214, 301, 441 17,010 Down 42:100
11 360 Down 15:100
1, 2, 201 1,010 Down 36:100
116, 117, 122, 127 1,500 Up 60:100
130, 136, 137, 138, 143, 144, 146 3,150 Down 25:100
68, 79, 82, 681, 682, 791 1,860 Up 19:100
80, 81, 83 580 Down 15:100
132, 139, 145 700 Up 79:100
103, 106, 107, 109 1,800 Down 24:100
69, 84, 85, 86, 691, 851, 861 2,010 Down 24:100
10, 21 250 NA 88:100
66, 67, 551 350 Down 57:100
49, 50, 57, 58, 500, 501, 511, 581 1,380 Up 39:100
59, 591 280 Down 69:100
9, 19, 191 1,010 Down 45:100
12, 23, 211 360 Up 52:100
51, 104, 105 4,940 Up 40:100
7, 8 650 Down 30:100
18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371 850 Down 95:100
48, 56, 481 180 Up 19:100

Colorado post hunt antelope population estimate - updated 2020

goHUNT’s hit list units for antelope in 2020

Top hit list hunt units to consider for 75" or better antelope
(not in order of quality)

Unit Trophy potential Seasons offered Preference points to draw Harvest success
1, 2, 201 80”+ Muzzleloader 15 (20%) 100%
2, 201 80”+ Archery
Rifle
18 (100%)
20 (21%)
33%
61%
3, 301 80”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Rifle
4 (19%)
5 (14%)
9 (37%)
68% (3)
89% (3)
78% (3)
6, 16, 17, 161, 171 80”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
2 (92%)
5 (7.7%)
38% (161)
81% (161)
11 80”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Rifle
9 (60%)
8 (100%)
15 (64%)
40%
80%
89%
67 80”+ Archery
Muzzleloader
Rifle
5 (29%)
7 (67%)
17 (47%)
20%
100%
80%
68, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 681, 682, 791 80”+ Muzzleloader 10 (40%) 100% (79, 82)
80 80”+ Rifle 10 (53%) 80%
81 80”+ Archery
Rifle
5 (29%)
13 (21%)
33%
100%
161 80”+ Rifle 15 (50%) 95%
87 80”+ Archery
Rifle
1 (93%)
4 (47%)
24%
71%
87, 88, 89, 90, 95, 951 80”+ Muzzleloader 2 (32%) 69% (88)
88 75”+ Archery
Rifle
0 (89%)
4 (87%)
17%
66%
89 75”+ Archery
Rifle
OTC
2 (77%)
15%
79%
49, 50, 500, 501 75”+ Archery
Rifle
2 (29%)
11 (100%)
48% (50)
81% (50)
49, 50, 57, 58, 500, 501, 581 75”+ Muzzleloader 6 (100%) 100% (581)

For the limited quota archery, muzzleloader and OTC archery permits, use Filtering 2.0 to search by draw odds and season. Then, filter down by harvest success and trophy potential to find those units that offer the best option.

Beyond that, some map and GPS work will allow you to whittle those units down to specific areas to hunt.

Percent of COLORADO Antelope TAGS DRAWN 1ST - 4TH CHOICE - updated 2020

TOTAL NUMBER OF COLORADO ANTELOPE TAGS DRAWN 1ST - 4TH CHOICE - updated 2020


B&C entry trends for Colorado antelope

Units listed below may not have a current hunt for this species. Units in this table are included if any part of the unit is found within the county. Data provided below courtesy of the Boone and Crockett Club.

Colorado's top Boone & Crockett producing counties since 2010 for antelope

County No. of
entries
Units found
within county
Las Animas 13 85, 128, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137,
140, 141, 142, 143, 147, 851
Moffat 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 511, 12,
13, 201, 211, 301
Huerfano 5 84, 85, 128, 133, 861
Jackson 4 6, 16, 17, 161, 171
Lincoln 4 106, 107, 111, 112, 113, 114, 119, 120, 121
Park 4 394649505005015758581
Rio Grande 3 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 791

Map of Colorado&#39;s antelope B&amp;C all time entries 2020

Top B&amp;C antelope locations since 2010 - New Mexico 2020 app strategy


The points system

Managing points and expectations

2020 maximum preference points for antelope: 32

COLORADO RESIDENT ANTELOPE PREFERENCE POINTS GOING INTO THE 2020 DRAW

COLORADO NONRESIDENT ANTELOPE PREFERENCE POINTS GOING INTO THE 2020 DRAW

COLORADO ANTELOPE PREFERENCE POINTS GOING INTO THE 2020 DRAW

Find your draw odds

I have 0 to 5 antelope points. What can I expect?

There are some options. By using the draw odds portion of Filtering 2.0, you’ll find that there are permits you can draw for every season and weapon. Some of the best opportunities exist within the archery and muzzleloader seasons. Consider archery hunts in Unit 3, 301, 6, 16, 17, 161, 171, 67, 81, 87, 88, 49, 50, 500, 501, 68, 681, and 682. The muzzleloader hunt in Unit 87, 88, 89, 90, 95, and 951 is a good option. Rifle hunts in Unit 4, 58, 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 83, 87, 88, and 89 are worth researching if you are within this point range.

Find your resident antelope draw odds with zero points here

Find your nonresident antelope draw odds with zero points here

What can I do with 6 to 10 antelope points?

Archery hunts in Unit 11, 67, and 81 are good options. Consider muzzleloader hunts in Unit 3, 301, 6, 16, 17, 161, 171, 11, 49, 50, 57, 58, 500, 501, 581, 66 and 67. The best rifle options are Unit 3, 301, 7, 12, 211, and 82, 681.

Find your resident antelope draw odds with 10 points here

Find your nonresident antelope draw odds with 10 points here

What can I expect with 11 to 15 antelope points?

Consider the muzzleloader hunt in Unit 68, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 681, 682 and 791. The rifle hunts in Unit 3, 301, 6, 16, 17, 171, 49, 50, 500, 501, 57, 58, 581 and 81 are the best options.

Find your resident antelope draw odds with 15 points here

Find your nonresident antelope draw odds with 15 points here

What can I expect with 15 to 20 antelope points?

The archery hunt in Units 2 and 201 required 18 points. The muzzleloader hunt in Units 1, 2, and 201 required 16 points. The rifle hunt in Unit 2 and 201 required 21 points; Unit 10 required 22 points; Unit 67 required 18 points and Unit 551 required 16 points.

Find your resident antelope draw odds with 20 points here

Find your nonresident antelope draw odds with 20 points here

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