Late season hunts offer youths a chance to fill tags |

Late season hunts offer youths a chance to fill tags

The Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds youth hunters who didn’t fill their cow or either-sex elk tags during the regular seasons that they are eligible to hunt antlerless elk anywhere in the state where a late season is scheduled. Those with unfilled bull elk licenses are not eligible.

Most late seasons begin sometime after the fourth rifle season, which ended on Nov. 21, but the starting dates vary depending on the Game Management Unit. The late season opportunity allows youths between 12 and 17 years old to hunt in some units through January.

Hunters who hold an either-sex tag must go to a DOW office to convert the license to an antlerless tag. Those with a cow permit do not need to go to a DOW office. Hunters under 16 must be accompanied by a mentor. Mentors can hunt with a youth only if they hold a late-season license that is valid for the same unit and dates as the youth license. Those who turn 18 after purchasing the original license are still eligible to hunt during a late season.


In addition, regulations for the late-season youth hunts may differ from regular seasons. So the DOW strongly encourages youth hunters and their mentors to read the 2010 Colorado Big Game Hunting Brochure to check the regulations and the late season dates for the GMU where they will be hunting.

A 2010 Big Game Brochure can be picked up at any DOW office or license agent. The brochure can also be viewed at the DOW’s web site at:

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