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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

Update for February 19, 2019:

All applicants, including youth, must purchase a "qualifying license" to apply in the big game draw. Qualifying licenses are:

Resident:

  • spring turkey - $29.75 (youth: $15.75)
  • annual small game - $29.75 (youth: $1.25)
  • small game/fishing combo - $49.75
  • Veteran's lifetime combo - Free

Nonresident:

  • spring turkey - $151.75 (youth: $101.75)
  • annual small game - $81.75 (youth: $1.25)

Also worth noting: Deer, elk, antelope and bear no longer have a preference point fees. The only ones with preference point fees are: moose, rocky bighorn, and mountain goat.


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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