Colorado Hunting License

How Do I Get My State Hunting License?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Colorado hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website or a Colorado–approved retailer.

Types of Colorado Hunting Licenses

Colorado Resident

A resident is a person who has lived in Colorado for at least six months. Active-duty military members and non-resident full-time students who live in Colorado and attend an educational institution in Colorado are considered residents. Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more details on residency requirements.

All Colorado residents must have a resident hunting license. Additional licenses and permits may be required. Residents ages 18 to 64 must purchase the Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a hunting license. Only one stamp is needed for the license year.

Non-Resident

All non-residents must have a non-resident hunting license. Additional licenses and permits may be required. Non-residents ages 18 to 64 must purchase the Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a hunting license. Only one stamp is needed for the license year.

Youth Hunting License

Colorado residents and non-residents under the age of 18 may purchase a youth small game license.

Colorado residents and non-residents ages 12 to 18 may purchase a youth big game license.

Senior Hunting License

Colorado does not offer a hunting license specifically for senior citizens.

Disability License

Colorado residents with mobility impairments may apply for the Mobility-Impaired Hunting License. Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more details.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military members who are permanently stationed in Colorado may purchase a resident hunting license. In addition, active-duty military members who maintain Colorado as their official state of residence may purchase a resident hunting license.

Resident veterans with 60% or more service-connected disability may be eligible for the lifetime fishing and small game combo license.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp and the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

License Expiration

Hunting licenses for small game are good from April 1 to March 31 of the next year. Hunting licenses for big game expire on the expiration date printed on the license.

Where to Buy a Colorado Hunting License

Get Certified Online!

Take this Colorado–approved course to complete your online hunter safety education.

Colorado Hunting safety education card Lifetime Card

pay only when you pass

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Colorado Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions