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2018 Leftover Tags/Draws: Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah

2018 leftover hunting tags

Cutting a mule deer tag after a successful hunt with a Tyto 1.1 knife. Photo credit: Brady Miller

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The 2018 draws across the West are pretty much over. Several states still need to release their results, so hunters are either planning for their upcoming hunts, and others are trying to pick up last minute leftover tags or OTC tags. If you still don't have your season ironed out, you're in luck. Several states have leftover tags for 2018.



Colorado

If you were unsuccessful in the first limited deer or elk draw and selected the option to receive the leftover list, then you are eligible to participate in the July leftover draw. Note: According to CPW, you are only eligible to participate in the species which you were unsuccessful and for which you selected the Leftover Draw. You must submit a leftover application by the July 3, 2018 deadline. You can apply online through your CPW account or by phone at 800-244-5613.

2018 leftover draw for deer and elk tags

Main Colorado leftover sales

Leftover big game limited licenses in Colorado for antelope, bear, deer, elk go on sale at 9 a.m. on August 7, 2018 in person, online, and by phone. These licenses have gone through the draw process and still have quota remaining. Update: the 2018 leftover list is now available as of July 25 and can be found here.

The Reissue Process

The reissue of big game limited licenses begins on August 14, 2018.

All of the returned licenses that take four or fewer preference points in the current years draw will be available for purchase the week after processing is complete. After the initial run, hunt codes will randomly be placed on the current leftover and leftover OTC with cap lists on business days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5 or more preference points

Returned deer, elk, pronghorn 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.


Nevada

The second draw application period for Nevada is from June 8 through June 25. Both residents and nonresidents are available to apply for the second draw. The deadline to submit your application online is 11 p.m. PST. You can apply online here. Results will be made available on July 20, 2018. Note: If you apply for a tag in the second draw and are successful you will lose your bonus points. If you are building points, I highly suggest you avoid picking up a leftover tag during the second draw. The remaining tags are not worth burning 3, 5, or even 10 bonus points for. But, if you're just starting to apply in Nevada or you're looking for a hunt to fill a void in your hunt schedule, then applying for a leftover tag is a smart move. The list of available tags and their trophy potential can be found in the tables below.

Note: You will not lose your bonus points if you pick up a tag that is leftover after the second draw (first-come, first serve). Any mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goat or bighorn sheep tags remaining after the completion of the big game second draw process will be available to eligible resident and nonresident applicants through a first-come, first-served process, with the exception of the junior mule deer and antlerless mule deer hunt tags, which will only be available to eligible resident applicants. Applicants must be at least 12 years old at the time the application for a first-come, first-served tag is submitted for a hunt season that is already in progress.

Each year we are seeing less and less leftover tags in Nevada.

To put this in perspective... in 2014 there were 2,812 mule deer tags available in the second draw. The majority of those were antlerless with 1,640 tags, but there also was 654 archery buck tags, 52 muzzleloader buck tags, plus 455 junior either sex deer tags. In 2015 there were 1,747 leftover antlerless deer tags, 465 leftover archery buck tags, plus 345 junior either sex deer tags. In 2016 the following leftover tags were available: 157 antlerless deer tags, 110 archery buck tags, plus 84 junior either sex deer tags. In 2017 there were only 10 antlerless, 106 archery buck tags, plus 62 junior either sex tags. 2017 was the first time in a very long time that Unit Group 101-109 archery didn't have leftover tags, but with the tag increase in 2018, there are once again leftover tags available.

For 2018, there are only 277 archery mule deer tags available in the second draw. Units available are Unit 032, 101-109, 141-145 and 171-173. There are also 247 resident only antlerless mule deer and five resident only antlerless elk tags available.

Note: All remaining tags (except antlerless and youth) are available to both resident and nonresident eligible applicants, regardless if they were resident or nonresident leftover.

Resident and nonresident hunts

Mule deer buck archery permits available

Unit Trophy
potential
Weapon Season dates Number available
032 160"+ Archery Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018 47
101-109 150" to
170"+
Archery Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018 172
141-145 160" to
170"+
Archery Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018 32
171-173 150" to
170"+
Archery Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018 26

Resident only hunts

Mule deer antlerless available
(residents only)

Unit Weapon Season dates Number available
062, 067, 068 Any legal weapon Nov. 6-20, 2018 230
114, 115 Baker
Ranch
Any legal weapon Dec. 1-15, 2018 17

 

Elk antlerless available
(residents only)

Unit Weapon Season dates Number available
074 Archery Aug. 1-15, 2018 5

 

Junior mule deer either sex permits available
(residents only)

Unit Trophy
potential
Weapon Season dates Number available
032 160"+ Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 5, 2018
45
035 160"+ Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 5, 2018
8
101-109 150" to
170"+
Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2018
116
141-145 160" to
170"+
Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2018
33
151-156 160" to
170"+
Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2018
19
171-173 150" to
170"+
Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2018
25
251-254 150" to
170"+
Archery, Muzzleloader,
Any Legal Weapon
A: Aug. 10-Sept. 9, 2018
M: Sept. 10-Oct. 4, 2018
ALW: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2018
5


You can check out the list of Nevada outfitters and Business members below.

List Of Nevada Outfitters

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New Mexico

For 2018 there are 203 deer hunting licenses and 10 javelina licenses available as leftovers. These licenses go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 27 and are first-come, first served. Note: Leftover licenses will be sold online only. Licenses and stamps can be printed from any computer by signing on to an account and selecting “My purchases.” You'll be able to apply online here.

For the first 24 hours, the sale will be open only to New Mexico residents, but at 10 a.m. on June 28, the sale is open to anyone – regardless of residency. This is a great chance to snap up a leftover license.

To be eligible to buy a leftover license, hunters are reminded that they previously must have purchased either a Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. Those licenses, along with Habitat Improvement Stamps and Habitat Management Access Validations, also can be obtained through online accounts. Hunters are strongly encouraged to obtain or review online customer accounts, including their Customer Identification Number, username, and password, and to be signed on to their account before the sale begins. Popular licenses often sell out very fast and the majority of tags are picked up by residents before nonresidents can pick them up.

Deer archery permits available

Unit Hunt
Code
Trophy
potential
Weapon Season dates Number available Species code
27 DER-2-253 160"+ Archery Jan. 1-15, 2019 10 FAWTD

 

Deer muzzleloader permits available

Unit Hunt
Code
Trophy
potential
Weapon Season dates Number available Species code*
15 DER-3-178 170"+ Muzzleloader Nov. 21-25, Dec. 1-2
Dec. 8-9
41 Youth only FAD
21 DER-3-205 160"+ Muzzleloader Oct. 27-31 51 FAD
22 DER-3-210 160"+ Muzzleloader Oct. 27-31 24 FAD
26 DER-3-246 160"+ Muzzleloader Oct. 27-31 60 FAD
27 DER-3-255 160"+ Muzzleloader Oct. 27-31 11 FAWTD
36 (Including
Ft. Stanton)
DER-3-295 170"+ Muzzleloader Oct. 20-24 6 Youth only FAD

* Species codes: 
FAD - Forked-antlered deer
FAWTD - Forked-antlered whitetail deer

 

Javelina permits available

Unit Weapon Season dates Number available Species code
19, 23, 24,
25, 26, 27
Archery Jan. 1-31, 2019 10 Either sex


You can check out the list of New Mexico outfitters and Business members below.

List Of New Mexico Outfitters



Utah

The remaining permits are on a first-come, first served basis in July (see available dates below). You must have a valid hunting license or a combo license. You can get a leftover permit online and at license agents and DWR offices. You can see the list of list of license agents here.

After these permits go on sale, to see permits that are still available after they go on sale, visit the online permit sales site.

General-season bull elk permits available

Available on July 17, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Unit Weapon Season dates Number available
Spike-only units Any legal weapon/
muzzleloader/multi-season
Any legal weapon: Oct. 6-18, 2018
Muzzleloader: Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 2018
Multi-season: Aug. 18–Sept. 7, Oct. 6–Oct. 18,
Oct. 31–Nov. 8, 2018
15,000
Any-bull units Any legal weapon/
muzzleloader/multi-season
Any legal weapon: Oct. 6-18, 2018
Muzzleloader: Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 2018
Multi-season: Aug. 18–Sept. 7, Oct. 6–Oct. 18,
Oct. 31–Nov. 8, 2018
15,000
Bull elk Archery Spike: Aug. 18-Sept. 7, 2018
Any bull: Aug. 18-Sept. 14, 2018
Not limited

 

General-season buck deer permits remaining

Available on July 19, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Unit Trophy
potential
Weapon Season dates Number available
Box Elder 170"+ Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14, 2018 363
Box Elder 170"+ Muzzleloader Sept. 26-Oct. 4, 2018 166
Chalk Creek/East Canyon/
Morgan South Rich
170"+ Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14, 2018 112
Chalk Creek/East Canyon/
Morgan South Rich
170"+ Muzzleloader Sept. 26-Oct. 4, 2018 654
Kamas 170"+ Muzzleloader Sept. 26-Oct. 4, 2018 280
Wasatch Mtns, West 170"+ Muzzleloader Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 2018 153

 

Limited-entry big game permits remaining

Available on July 17, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Unit Species Trophy
potential
Weapon Season dates Number available
Box Elder, West Antelope 70"+ Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14, 2018 1

* If you obtain a limited-entry permit that remains available after the drawing you'll lose your bonus points for that species and incur a waiting period.
 

Youth archery general-season deer permits remaining

Available on July 19, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Unit Weapon Season dates Number available
Beaver Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 134
Box Elder Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 168
Cache Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 264
Central Mtns, Manti/
San Rafael
Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 344
Central Mtns, Nebo Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 164
Chalk Creek/E. Canyon/
Morgan-S. Rich
Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 360
Fillmore Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 100
Kamas Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 152
La Sal, La Sal Mtns Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 64
Monroe Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 48
Mt Dutton Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 30
Nine Mile Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 62
North Slope Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 120
Ogden Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 100
Oquirrh-Stanbury Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 116
Panguitch Lake Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 128
Pine Valley Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 168
Plateau, Boulder/
Kaiparowits
Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 80
Plateau, Fish Lakes Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 48
Plateau, Thousand Lakes Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 18
San Juan, Abajo Mtns Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 110
South Slope, Bonanza/
Vernal
Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 87
South Slope,
Yellowstone
Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 66
Southwest Desert Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 32
Wasatch Mtns, East Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 170
Wasatch Mtns, West Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 324
West Desert, Tintic Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 36
West Desert, West Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 24
Zion Archery Aug. 18-Sept. 14 144


Remaining antlerless permits

The 2018 antlerless draw deadline was June 21 by 11 p.m. Results will be made available by July 12. Any leftover tags will be made available beginning at 8 a.m. on July 26, 2018.

Private-lands-only antlerless elk permits

Available beginning at 8 a.m. on July 26, 2018. Learn more about private-lands-only permits or see a list of permits that will be available here.

You can check out the list of Utah outfitters and Business members below.

List Of Utah Outfitters

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