“I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.”
~Robert Falcon Scott
As a hunter, waiting to get your license results brings up feelings similar to a child waiting for Christmas morning. I was pretty sure that I was going to get that Winchester 30.06 on that fateful December 25th, but then again, I had snuck out of my house a few weeks prior because my friend and I were invited over to a girl’s unsupervised slumber party. Being grounded before Christmas was bad, but knowing I’d jeopardized going hunting next October was worse.
Waiting to get your draw results, finding out whether you get to go hunting or stay grounded, creates similar anticipation. Finding out draw results before they’re officially posted is not fraught with such peril. However, you do need to know what to look for when accessing Colorado’s CPW licensing system to figure out whether you’ve drawn that coveted tag.
Follow these steps to see if you were fortunate enough to draw your tag:
1. Navigate to the CPW license page and click the Buy/Apply Online button.
2. Scroll down the next page and click Start Now as you did when you originally applied for your license.
3. Complete the information on the resident status page and click Continue. (Note: You don’t have to be a Colorado resident to complete this process)
4. Click OK to accept the terms and conditions.
5. Select the correct Shipping Information and Permission radio buttons and click Habitat Stamps & All Other Licenses.
6. Select the correct year from the License Year drop-down menu and click Submit.
7. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see your list of previously purchased products:
So based on the example above:
Three-digit application numbers begin with a 4.
Successful three-digit draw results begin with a 5.
My Bear application above (486) has a corresponding RES FALL BEAR (586), which means that I was successful in the draw.
My Bighorn Sheep (463) and Moose (475) applications are on file. However, there is no associated three-digit 5## number. Since I already know that the draw results for these species have already posted, I did Not draw, and I will receive a refund check.
If you don’t end up with a 5## number in your list of products, you’re going to receive your refund check along with a letter that looks a lot like this…
Just because you receive a 5## number, it does not mean you drew for your first choice (unless you only applied for one unit). A 5## designation just means you drew one of your choices.
You may want to ask in the I Hunt Colorado Facebook Group to verify if the “backdoor” results have been posted.
The results don’t display if you didn’t draw a tag, so don’t necessarily be disheartened if you don’t see a 5## for a species, unless you know for sure that the results have posted. If you only have a 4## APP, and not a 5## Species, either the results haven’t posted yet, or you didn’t draw a tag.
Getting your results early gives you a little more time to plan, commiserate with hunting buddies, and build more anticipation for opening morning. Checking ahead of time can definitely be worth it, just like getting Heather’s number… and getting a sneak peek under the tree to find an elongated rectangular box Christmas morning. Good things come to those who wait, but follow the steps above if you just can’t wait that extra week.
Written by Leif Hanson, contributor and admin at the I Hunt Colorado Facebook Group