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ALERT: Colorado extends the primary draw application deadline to April 9

Colorado extends primary draw deadline

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The new application deadline is Friday, April 9 at 8 p.m. MT. You can apply online here

Colorado just made this announcement today, April 7. Be sure to jump over to Filtering 2.0 and our Draw Odds page to get your last-minute research accomplished if you were impacted by the difficulties when applying yesterday.

See the official press release below:


DENVER – Hunters hoping to draw a big-game license in Colorado in 2021 will now have until Fri., April 9 at 8 p.m. MT to apply in the primary draw due to volume-related technological issues that kept some hunters from being able to apply before the original deadline of April 6 at 8 p.m.

“We’re going to do what’s right for our hunters,” said CPW Director Dan Prenzlow. “This will ensure those who encountered errors within our system through no fault of their own can still apply to hunt in Colorado this year.”

Approximately 20% of the almost 700,000 big game primary draw applications were submitted in the last 24 hours of the application period, which opens March 1 annually. The volume-related issues encountered by the system occurred as thousands of people were submitting applications as the deadline approached. Applicants are reminded that applying early allows for ample time to receive confirmation of their application and, in the case that they do experience any issues, for them to be resolved prior to the deadline. CPW advises hunters not to wait until the last minute to apply during this one-time extension to avoid any additional issues. 

Hunters are encouraged to review the 2021 Colorado Big Game brochure for all updated regulations related to this year’s hunting seasons.

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