The Big Game Access Program is primarily for hunting antelope and deer on some private properties in the SE area of Colorado - specifically game management units = (GMU): 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 125, 126, and 127. You purchase the right to hunt these specific private properties - ranches. I hunted antelope late season on a couple of these ranches last year - waste of time and money as I saw more hunters and trucks than antelope. Bottom line - you do not need to purchase this if you are hunting elsewhere in the state.
Yes as already stated you just need to purchase one Big Game Access permit only if you will be accessing those properties enrolled in the Big Game Access Program, which runs you $40. Access costs you more than the deer or antelope tag! The CDOW website has a list of the properties enrolled in the program. The $10 Habitat stamp is added to your cost when you apply for your limited license, or added to the first license you buy for that season/year.
I must say I've done the biggame access three years now and have decided I won't bother with it this year nor likely in the future either. I have much better results on public land. I hunted two properties an average of 4 days during the week each year for three years in a row and didn't come across too many other hunters, but also didn't see many pronghorn either. The very few antelope I did see were on private property 7 miles north. I think $40 is pretty steep for accessing property that offers very limited hunting opportunities, simply just to walk and glass some ranchers barren 3x3 mile plot of land . Personally I think it's a program that has less to do with managing wildlife and more to do with ranchers getting funded with public dollars........just my opinion, as I could be wrong
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....