Colorado Parks & Wildlife hunting and fishing license revenue increased by nearly 20% in 2019 because of a change in CPW licensing requirements.
License sales totaled $96,269,926 in the 2018-19 fiscal year, as compared to $80,499,026 the previous year.
Starting last year, applicants for big-game licenses were required to purchase “qualifying licenses” first. Those include small-game hunting licenses, spring turkey licenses, resident “combo” licenses for small-game hunting and fishing or veteran’s lifetime combo licenses for residents.
“Those work as a qualifying license in order for you to apply for big-game hunt,” said Jason Clay, a public information officer for CPW. “The vast majority of that $16-million increase is from that. You could purchase your qualifying license at the same time as you’re applying (for a big-game license), but you could not apply without having that in the queue or having done so previously.”
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Here are some other numbers for 2019, as provided by CPW:
Big-game license applications: 978,668
Big-game licenses sold: 361,089
Elk licenses sold: 215,351
Elk, deer, pronghorn and bear licenses sold to non-residents: 102,444
Resident combination (small game and fishing) licenses: 110,511
Chances of having your name drawn in the lottery for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep license: less than 1% (34,724 applied, 299 awarded)
Chances of having your name drawn in the lottery for a moose license: less than 1% (52,217 applied, 505 awarded)
Chances of having your name drawn in the lottery for a mountain goat license: less than 1% (25,023 applied, 236 awarded)
Acres of public land available for hunting: 23 million
CPW game management units: 185
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports