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Cow "over the counter" tags

My son and I would like to hunt cow elk out west this year. Is there a place where we have a pretty good change of getting a tag on state or federal land? I am new to this process and have a limit budget. Thanks in advance for any info..

Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2003
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Cow "over the counter" tags

There are some cow licenses available over-the-counter in Colorado, in certain units.

Here's the link for the DOW's page with big game brochures.


Good luck!

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2002
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Cow "over the counter" tags

Don is right. The only thing I would add is that there are sometimes unsold limited tags available too. These become available after the general draw in units where not enough hunters put in.

If I remember right last year there were quite a few of these tags available. Plus the DOW opened up even more tags to try and knock down the herd. Last fall they feared that coming off the drought the winter would be harsh and many elk would starve. That turned out not to happen.

I think out of state cow tags in CO are $250 a pop. Over the counter bull tags are more (maybe $450) but you can harvest a cow too. Unit 62 is a popular "over the counter" unit. It borders Delta, Olathe, and Montrose.

Location: Powderhorn, Colorado
Joined: 04/07/2003
Posts: 167
Cow "over the counter" tags

Many if not all units have left over cow tags usually available in colorado. Although in the next few years you are going to see a cut in cow licenses in many units due to the fact the DOW is achieving their population objectives for many units right now with the past record harvests. Cow harvests and licenses have been issued historically to keep the herd in check.

Location: Arizona
Joined: 12/30/2002
Posts: 46
Cow "over the counter" tags

If I'm not mistaken, ALL elk tags are over-the-counter, in Idaho

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