Understanding Colorado Hunt Codes
With some units approaching 50 different types of available license. We wanted to try help you understand how the Division of Wildlife defines different hunts. It starts with a "Hunt Code" (We call them "License Type") that give you the basic information of what, and how you will be hunting. To help simplify this, for the regulations dates, we've added a "Notes" column that gives a written description of the Hunt Code.
After the intial regulations, you will be able to find that Hunt Code used on the rest of the Unit Page on our website, to give you harvest inormation, drawing odds, and preference point tables.
How to Read Hunt Codes (1-5) and Tables (A-E)
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Hunt Code Tables
Show the Limited Licenses Available. These are available through the draw or as left over licenses. Some hunt tables in the bear section include hunt codes for over-the-counter licenses. Th ese are not available through the draw.
The Hunt Code column displays the code you will use to apply for the license you desire. Read the information carefully, as there are many possible hunt codes associated with each unit, and they may have changed since the last time you hunted. Please see section below on how to read hunt codes.
The Dates Column lists the applicable season dates when the license is valid. Please look at the rows carefully, as each unit may have multiple hunt dates.
The Valid Units column will also display information for each hunt and whether it is private land only or has other restrictions. If a hunt is labeled private land, you should get permission from a landowner in that unit before you apply for that license.
On DIYHuntingMaps.com, if the column is blank, the license is valid on the page you're on.
This section was specially made by us at DIY Hunting Maps for your convenience. We've built a written description to help you figure out exactly what that license is valid for. Also, if that unit has any special notes, or regulations. We added that for you too.
The List displays what type of license you are buying. Th ere are opportunities to purchase more than one license during the year, as long as the licenses meet the requirements of being List A, B or C. For details, see “How to get more than one license” sections under the big-game species you’d like to hunt in the following brochure pages. When applying in the draw, DO NOT include the list letter on the application.
Below shows the break-down for Colorado Big Game Hunt Codes.
The first letter of the code designates the species. (D = deer, E = elk, A = pronghorn (antelope), M = moose and B = bear)
The second letter of the code designates the sex of the animal you want to hunt. (M = male, F = female and E = either sex)
The third part, three numbers, designates the unit you want to hunt. (001 = Unit 1, 201 = Unit 201, etc.; 000 = statewide). If more than one unit is valid for a hunt code, only the lowest unit number will show in the code.
The fourth part, a letter and a number, indicates hunt dates. For example, O1 = fi rst season, O2 = second season, O3 = third season and so on. P is for privateland- only hunts followed by the season number: P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5. E1 = early season, L1 = late season, K2, K3 = youth only hunts. Th ere are also Ws for Ranching for Wildlife and S for a split unit.
The previous is from the Division of Wildlife, but we wanted to give you a complete list:
L1-1st Late Season
L2-2nd Late Season
L3-3rd Late Season
S1-Split 1st Season
S2-Split 2nd Season
S3-Split 3rd Season
S4-Split 4th Season
K1-Youth 1st Season
K2-Youth 2nd Season
K3-Youth 3rd Season
W1-Ranching for Wildlife 1st Season
W2-Ranching for Wildlife 2nd Season
W3-Ranching for Wildlife 3rd Season
W4-Ranching for Wildlife 4th Season
W5-Ranching for Wildlife 5th Season
W6-Ranching for Wildlife 6th Season
Y1-Landowner Pilot Public 1st Season
Y2-Landowner Pilot Public 2nd Season
Y3-Landowner Pilot Public 3rd Season
Y4-Landowner Pilot Public 4th Season
Y5-Landowner Pilot Public 5th Season
Y6-Landowner Pilot Public 6th Season
Y7-Landowner Pilot Public 7th Season
P1-Private Land 1st Season
P2-Private Land 2nd Season
P3-Private Land 3rd Season
P4-Private Land 4th Season
P5-Private Land 5th Season
P6-Private Land 6th Season
A few more helpful hints:
Within the Regulations and the Preference Points, we only display the most common licenses. Click on the link below the table to see "Youth, Pilot Public, Ranching for Wildlife, and Landowner Licenses"
There is also one hunt code with "J2". We have not been able to figure this out.
The last letter in the hunt code indicates what manner of take the license is good for. A = archery, M = muzzleloader, R = rifle and associated methods.