Colorado is a state that most archery hunters should be applying in. Averaging around 115 total P&Y entries each year, no state puts more entries in the book annually. Colorado is a state whose game management program is focused mostly on hunter opportunity and it leads the way in elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep & mountain goat entries year in and year out. Despite catering heavily towards hunting opportunity, it turns out giant archery mule deer and bigger moose than any other state! It is also the only state that offers archery rocky mountain bighorn hunts and an archery mountain goat hunt, improving the odds of drawing one of these coveted tags as a bowhunter.
New in 2019, Colorado will require applicants to purchase a nonrefundable $10 habitat stamp as well as either a $151.75 spring turkey license or a $81.75 annual small game license to participate in the big game draw or to apply for preference points. Additionally, Colorado will begin charging $100 per species to purchase a preference point for rocky mountain bighorn, mountain goat and moose. There are no preference point fees for elk, deer & pronghorn. Nonrefundable application fees for all species have increased from $3 to $9. These changes have drastically increased the cost to build preference points in Colorado, making it the second most expensive state in the Rockies to be building points in.