Colorado

State-Specific Information

  • Point System: Colorado has a true preference point system in place for its elk, deer and antelope tags. Therefore, you must have the highest number of points among all applicants in a particular unit to receive a tag. Colorado has a modified point system in place for its moose, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags. You must build three loyalty points (three years of applying) before you are considered eligible to draw. In years four and higher, you will be eligible to draw, and for each year you are unsuccessful, you will build a bonus point which will increase your future chances of drawing. There is no point system in place for desert bighorn sheep.
  • License Purchase Yes/No: Yes, as a prerequisite of applying, a $10 habitat stamp must be purchased. WTA TAGS will handle this purchase for you as part of the application process.
  • Party Applications: Party applications are allowed for all species except moose and desert bighorn sheep. Party applications are allowed in an unlimited number for elk, deer, and antelope. The party will be entered into the drawing based on the member with the fewest preference points. Up to two people may apply together for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goat.
  • Hunter’s Safety Card Requirement: Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter’s safety card to apply and in their possession while afield.
  • Youth: Applicants are required to be 11 years of age to apply as long as they turn 12 before the hunting season ends.

Point System

  • Point System: Colorado has a true preference point system in place for its elk, deer and antelope tags. Therefore, you must have the highest number of points among all applicants in a particular unit to receive a tag.
  • Colorado has a modified point system in place for its moose, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags. You must build three loyalty points (three years of applying) before you are considered eligible to draw. In years four and higher, you will be eligible to draw, and for each year you are unsuccessful, you will build a bonus point which will increase your future chances of drawing.
  • There is no point system in place for desert bighorn sheep.

Hunt Colorado

  • Colorado is truly a special place for the avid sportsman. Here at the WTA TAGS office we often refer to it as “The Opportunity State.” It truly has something for all.
  • The mule deer species is the standout in this state. A true giant can turn up anywhere – from the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope. The key here is to build up those valuable preference points. Every sportsman who is serious about someday hunting a big muley should have this plan in place. Because of this widespread opportunity, a high-quality mule deer tag can be drawn much sooner than in other Western states.
  • Regardless of whether you have just a few elk preference points or two decades worth, WTA TAGS probably has a solution for you. From the famed northwest corner, to the units encompassing RMNP, to anywhere in between, we represent quality elk outfitters all over the state. Give us a call – we can help.
  • Regarding the moose, sheep, and mountain goat category – Colorado is a “must apply state” for the non-resident. With approximately 20 non-resident sheep tags (including the only state to have dedicated archery tags) and 15 to 20 goat tags given annually, the odds of drawing are some of the best in the west. Also, the sheer size of Colorado’s Shiras moose will get anyone’s blood pumping. Get started on building those three loyalty points today – the sooner the better!
  • Building preference points is the name of the game in Colorado. If you have them and need outfitter recommendations or if you want to get started, so you can someday hunt the Centennial State – give us a call today – we are here to help.

  • TAGS Application Deadline: Mar. 27, 2018
  • State Deadline: Apr. 3, 2018

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Elk Unit 40 in Colorado is every bit as good and the famed units that make up the Northwest corner. However, unlike Colorado’s Northwest corner, access to private land ...

Trip Details
  • Colorado Species
  • State Tag Fee
  • Total Due to WTA TAGS to Apply
    • Elk
    • $601
    • $98
    • Mule Deer
    • $482
    • $98
    • Antelope
    • $346
    • $98
    • Moose
    • $2,146
    • $58
    • Rocky Mt. Bighorn
    • $2,146
    • $58
    • Desert Bighorn
    • $1,431
    • $58
    • Mountain Goat
    • $2,146
    • $58