My daughters finished hunters saftey on the the 22nd and I just finished their applications. I put my younger in for a second season doe tag for unit 41. Put my oldest in for a third season cow in 61. Both as second choice but as youth they should have a chance. If not they are in for 3rd and 4th choices that they should draw, with no problem. OTC Archery elk for me.
I put in for my muley and elk tags last month...I wish I would have just p/p for elk but I got caught up in the possibility of bugeling bulls with a rifle in hand during first rifle. Hey its my first colorado hunting season, at least I can get it out of my system early and start saving for some kind of quality elk hunt a decade or more from now...man, that sounds worse the more I think about it...cow tags and OTC bulls here I come next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and so on. My muley tag is just about a lock for fourth rifle as well. I just want to get out and hunt this first year, then get serious about trophy prospects during next years and future draws.
Straight from the regulations - page 7 states - "Points accumulate until you draw a first-choice license. If you fail to apply for or have not purchased a license during a 10-year period, all accumulated points for that species are purged from your record and become void."
So you are okay! Now be certain to buy your OTC or leftover license!
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.