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Overview of Colorado's license fee changes for 2019

2019 Colorado hunting fee changes

Big changes in Colorado. Photo credit: Brady Miller

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will increase the cost of license fees, application fees and preference point fees in 2019.

With the recent passage of Senate Bill 18-143 on May 5, 2018, according to CPW, they are now able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. You can see all of the new for 2019 fee changes below.

How will this impact you going forward?

First things first, how will this impact you in 2019? Especially since preference point fees for sheep, goat and moose went from free to $100 for nonresidents and free to $50 for residents. The biggest surprise seems to be in the resident section. Resident species licenses all increased for 2019, but... nonresident license prices stayed the same. That is a trend you don't see too often in the West. Along with that, there are several notable changes in 2019.

Notable fee changes:

  • Nonresident bear decreased from $350 in 2018 to $100 in 2019
  • All other nonresident species licenses did not increase besides for a $0.25 increase in youth big game
  • Resident species licenses increased by $8 and moose, sheep, goat increased by $50
  • Resident application fees went from $3 to $7
  • Resident preference point fees (sheep, goat, moose) went from free in 2018 to $50 in 2019
  • Nonresident application fees went from $3 to $9
  • Nonresident preference point fees (sheep, goat, moose) went from free in 2018 to $100 in 2019

Resident Fee Changes For 2019

Big game license changes
(resident)

Item 2018 2019
Deer License $30 $38
Elk License $45 $53
Antelope License $30 $38
Bear License $40 $48
Mountain Lion License $40 $48
Moose License $250 $300
Mountain Goat License $250 $300
Desert Bighorn Sheep License $250 $300
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep License $250 $300
Youth Big Game (deer, elk, antelope) License
(under age 18)
$9.75
each***
$14
each***

***Search and Rescue Fee does not apply.
 

Big game application and preference point fee changes
(resident)

Item 2018 2019
Drawing Application Fee (non-refundable) $3 $7
Preference Point Fee
(sheep, goat, moose)
Free $50

 

Small Game License Fee Changes
(resident)

Item 2018 2019
Annual Small Game Hunting License $20 $28
Furbearer Only License $20 $28
Combination Annual Fishing &
Annual Small Game Hunting License
$40 $48
Youth Annual Small Game
Hunting License (under age 18)
$1** $1.25**
1-day Small Game Hunting License $10 $12
Additional Day Small Game
Hunting License
$5 $5
Fall Turkey License $15 $23
Spring Turkey License $20 $28
Youth Turkey License
(under age 18)
$10 $14

**Wildlife Education Fee and Search and Rescue Fee do not apply.
 

Stamp/Fees
(resident)

Item 2018 2019
Annual Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp
Required with the purchase of a hunting or
fishing license
$10** $10**
"Lifetime" Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp $300* $300*
Colorado State Waterfowl Stamp $5** $10**
Wildlife Education Fee, Applied on
every license (except as noted)
$0.75 $1.50
Search & Rescue Fee, Applied on 
every license (except as noted)
$0.25 $0.25

*Wildlife Education Fee does not apply.
**Wildlife Education Fee and Search and Rescue Fee do not apply
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Nonresident Fee Changes For 2019

Big game license changes
(nonresident)

Item 2018 2019
Deer License $395 $395
Antlered or Either Sex Elk $660 $660
Antlerless Elk License $495 $495
Antelope License $395 $395
Bear License $350 $100
Mountain Lion License $350 $350
Moose License $2,210 $2,210
Mountain Goat License $2,210 $2,210
Desert Bighorn Sheep License $1,470 $1,470
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep License $2,210 $2,210
Youth Big Game (deer, elk, antelope) License
(under age 18)
$99.75
each***
$100
each***

***Search and Rescue Fee does not apply.
 

Big game application and preference point fee changes
(nonresident)

Item 2018 2019
Drawing Application Fee (non-refundable) $3 $9
Preference Point Fee
(sheep, goat, moose)
Free $100

 

Small Game Licenses
(nonresident)

Item 2018 2019
Annual Small Game Hunting License $55 $80
Furbearer Only License $55 $80
Combination Annual Fishing &
Annual Small Game Hunting License
NA NA
Youth Annual Small Game
Hunting License (under age 18)
$1** $1.25**
1-day Small Game Hunting License $10 $15
Additional Day Small Game
Hunting License
$5 $5
Fall Turkey License $100 $150
Spring Turkey License $100 $150
Youth Turkey License
(under age 18)
$75 $100

**Wildlife Education Fee and Search and Rescue Fee do not apply.
 

Stamp/Fees
(nonresident)

Item 2018 2019
Annual Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp
Required with the purchase of a hunting or
fishing license
$10** $10**
"Lifetime" Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp $300* $300*
Colorado State Waterfowl Stamp $5** $10**
Wildlife Education Fee, Applied on
every license (except as noted)
$0.75 $1.50
Search & Rescue Fee, Applied on
every license (except as noted)
$0.25 $0.25

*Wildlife Education Fee does not apply.
**Wildlife Education Fee and Search and Rescue Fee do not apply.

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Andrew Lawrence_1795744413784962
Andrew L. - posted 3 weeks ago on 12-29-2018 07:42:58 am
Shelbyville, TN
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Does anyone know if the preference point fees for sheep, goat, and moose only apply to the regular preference points (first 3 points) or do they also apply to weighted preference points (all your points after first 3)?

Andy G. - posted 1 month ago on 12-17-2018 07:28:28 pm

I was told by a Colorado Park and Wildlife employee today that Res and non Res must purchase a small game license in order to get a big license or preference point. I didn't see that mentioned in the stamps/fees section. If that's the case that's new and is basically increasing the fees to hunt.

Brady Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 12-17-2018 05:03:07 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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Hey Adam. At this point, they have not mentioned if the preference point fee will be changing for 2019. So it should still be $40 for deer, elk, or antelope.

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Adam C. - posted 1 month ago on 12-17-2018 04:28:30 pm
Iron Mountain, MI

I don’t see the price of a non resident elk preference point. Anyone know what it is?

Gary H. - posted 1 month ago on 12-17-2018 05:07:58 am
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I like that the bear license went down. I never buy a bear tag because they cost too much and I almost always have an opportunity at a bear there but I cant shoot it. Now, I will buy the tag.

I wish they would have thrown one in for free with the purchase of a NR license though....then you would see the bears getting shot. Which is what everyone wants anyhow right?!

Andrey K. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 11:18:28 pm
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As a resident of Colorado, we already have an abundance of opportunities for not resident hunters, especially those that come here for elk. I also don’t mind the fee increases fee for resident hunters, but building points for elk, deer, etc., especially for nonresident hunters without paying up front, like it used to be or having a sizeable nonrefundable fee is just a joke. A nonrefundable $9 preference point fee for a nonresident, with the exception of sheep, goat, and moose will only lead to huge point creep, and harder for residents and both non-resident hunters to hunt every year in limited entries units which used to not require any points. I liked the old system where all hunters had to pay upfront and get a refund after the draw if they were unsuccessful. Anyway, we’ll see what the future brings, obviously the number of applications for sheep, goat, and moose in 2018 made them realize that some minimum nonrefundable fee needed to be charged.

Joshua K. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 06:21:46 pm
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Am I missing something? is $8 more per tag or license really putting hunters over the tipping point of not hunting? How much was that new hunting jacket? Hard to say you want less NR hunters and to pay lower resident fees at the same time. Not sure how the math works out.

Jesse M. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 05:58:40 pm

Well considering the price of everything else is on the rise! Might consider buying beef soon.

Jon E. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 05:50:28 pm

The increase in fees to residents of Colorado is insulting. Leave it to the state government to keep their revenue coming in while screwing those who already pay taxes here. This state is already become ridiculously overpopulated and the outside hunting pressure has become ridiculous. Please stop attracting more people out here.

Bob R H. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 05:48:14 pm
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If CO wants to continue hunting fees in the future, then I will be hunting more western and northern states in the future! Bob R

Eric H. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 05:17:24 pm
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I apply/build points for goat, sheep, and moose and have something like 3 + 8 points. Last year’s method was out of control and would have made odds horrible. Overall I think I am ok with this for 2019. I have already killed a goat in MT so will probably drop it with this price increase.

Josh K. - posted 1 month ago on 12-16-2018 05:17:13 pm
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Well, it sounds like I'll be grabbing a bear tag as well for my CO hunt this year!

cbryer101
Chris B. - posted 1 month ago on 12-15-2018 05:30:41 pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Great news for out-of-staters who want to throw in a bear tag.