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Bonus Points

Looking at two states for future elk hunts and will add a third next year when I get the Hunter Ed requirements out of the way.

AZ for a trophy elk, start buying your Bonus Points early.
WY for a represenative size for the wall and meat.
CO for meat and represenative size once the Hunter Ed requirements are taken care of. Colorado offers the best opportunities I think, and the most elk, but I've never had to have a Hunter Ed course in other places due to my age so I've never bothered with it. That's changing as my opportunities to hunt become more frequent as I get older and get more discretionary income.

Start buying those Bonus Points now if you think you may want to hunt a species later! Some states let you buy Bonus Points, at minimal cost, and other make you pay the NR Fee for a license as well. That can make it costly unless you can find some other species to hunt in that state every year. AZ is one that makes you buy a license to buy a Bonus Point. It's a good thing coyotes are in season year 'round there. I'll have to look deeper at CO and see if I need a NR License there to buy a point.

If you have kids that you want to hunt with you in the future start buying them points as early as you can. I think a great gift would be a bunch of points for a hard to draw tag like Bighorn. What better way to tell your kids you love them then to start buying them tags for a hunt they may not otherwise consider until later in life? Start buying them tags early and maybe even buy continue to buy points for them as adults so they can be set up to hunt the animals that are financially out of their reach? By the time some of us get financially able to hunt something like a "once in a lifetime" bighorn we are too old to do so. Let your kids do it as a way to share the love of hunting and hunt through them.

I wish my parents had been hunters and had taken advantage of this opportunity.

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No such thing as a Colorado

No such thing as a Colorado NR license until you get the tag.

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Still Hunter is correct, all

Still Hunter is correct, all it takes to get a prefernce point in Colorado is to apply for a tag or just apply for a PP. You have to send it the total amount of the tag ( NR Elk $586 ) plus a $3 process fee ( $589 total ) but if you do not draw or just put in for a PP you get all the cash minus the $3 back.

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Thank You

Thank you.
That makes it easier. I haven't researched CO yet as I need to complete the Hunter Ed Certification first. Quick question, do they have an online application for tags or is everything through the mail? I prefer online.

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I just got my hunting license for CO last month. I didn't have my hunting ed certificate being I took the class in Idaho over 20 years ago. So I called the fish and game in Idaho they re-issued me one and mailed it to me free. Used it to get my license. No problem. If you've hunted in another state you should be able to do something similar.

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You can do it online, and

You can do it online, and it's the best way to do it too. If you make a mistake it will correct you.

 

If you don't mind hunting for a cow. It's easy to get the tag as a 2nd pick. That way you get a point for your failed 1st pick bull, and still get to hunt. Mighty tasty meat.

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One thing I failed to say was

One thing I failed to say was that Colorado will charge you an additional $25 unless you had a hunting or fishing license from the previous year. Here is how it reads in the book. It is on page 7 of the big game book if interested.

 9. $25 preference point fee.

Hunters will be automatically assessed $25 for a preference point unless they have purchased
one of the following: an annual fishing, small-game, resident combination small-game and fishing, furbearer, or a big-game license in the previous year; or a current limited license in the draw
for the same species for which they seek a point. The $25 point fee is also waived for youths, lifetime license holders, free senior annual fishing license holders and Colorado residents who are in the military on active duty outside Colorado.

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Still need hunter ed

You still need hunter education, and it'll cost you whole tag, refunded minus $25 if just buying points.

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$25 is a bearable one time fee.

I've been hesitant to consider CO due to the Hunter Ed requirement. I've about got that covered. I can put it on a credit card, which is easier than writing a check, especially if it gets refunded.

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Are you taking the Arizona

Are you taking the Arizona hunter safety course for your certificate? If not I would do that one since it will give you a extra bonus point in Arizona along with being accepted in other states.

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Yup

That's the one I took because I can do it online and then do a Range Day to complete it.

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