Leftover hunting licenses on sale at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices, online, at retailers on Tuesday, Aug. 7 | VailDaily.com

Leftover hunting licenses on sale at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices, online, at retailers on Tuesday, Aug. 7

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DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices statewide are gearing up for two of the biggest days of the year: leftover day on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and OTC day on Thursday, Aug. 9.

On leftover day, CPW sells licenses that have gone through the draw process but still have a quota remaining. In the past, lines for leftover day have resembled crowds waiting to purchase the newest smartphone or attend the opening of a Hollywood blockbuster. The crowds come because leftover day is a chance to buy tags that were previously offered during the draw and often represent prime hunting opportunities.

CPW is reminding hunters they can avoid the crowds this year by purchasing their license online at cpwshop.com. Hunters can also purchase by phone at 800-244-5613, at CPW offices and license retailers. The 2018 Leftover List has already been published on CPW's website.

Online purchases

Hunters are encouraged to make sure their account is valid at cpwshop.com before purchases begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

If you are unsure whether or not you are a customer with an account, use "look up" to see if you have an existing account. Do not create multiple accounts. Purchasing licenses with multiple accounts could potentially invalidate your sale. If you are a new customer, create an account.

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Check that your contact info is correct, including phone, email and mailing address. You will need to enter your credit card information when you check out (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Your credit card on file will not be charged automatically.

In-person purchases

Those who plan to purchase leftover licenses at license agents or CPW offices should be prepared before they arrive. This will help the process run as efficiently as possible. If you are planning on purchasing a license, be sure to have the following:

• Your driver's license/state issued identification card.

• Proof of hunter education: hunter education card or a Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education.

• Your Social Security number (anyone 12 and older is required to give a Social Security number, if not already on file).

• Your customer identification number, if you have previously purchased a license in Colorado.

• Proof of residency, if you are planning to purchase a resident license.

• A prioritized list of hunt codes for licenses you are interested in.

If purchasing a license for someone else (can only be done in person), the buyer must bring the following for the hunter:

• A clear copy of both sides of their driver's license/state issued identification card.

• A clear copy of both sides of their hunter education card or a previous Colorado hunting license with verified hunter education.

• Their Social Security number (anyone 12 and older is required to give a Social Security number, if not already on file).

• Their customer identification number, if you have previously purchased a license in Colorado.

• A prioritized list of hunt codes they are interested in.

One cannot buy a license for someone else over the phone. The option to buy for someone else only works in person. Call the license agent you plan to visit ahead of time to find out their procedures for leftover day.

If applying by phone note there will be longer-than-usual wait times for both Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Aspira. To expedite the purchasing process, try purchasing the license online at cpwshop.com.

Over-the-counter licenses

Many of the 500,000 or so who hunt in Colorado request licenses through a draw system. The draw is the only way to buy mule deer licenses. And it's also a way to get bear, elk, whitetail deer and pronghorn licenses. Typically there is far more demand than available licenses.

Others, however, simply buy their elk, bear, whitetail deer and pronghorn licenses over the counter at CPW's 18 offices or at other retail outlets. And it is usually a busy day.

Over-the-counter licenses go on sale this year at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9.