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returning soldier needing some advice

Well to start things out Im origanally from southern Oregon but stationed out of Ft. Carson and currently deployed to Afghanistan. Now to my current situation I left Colorado under the impression i would not be home for the 2012 big game season but due to recent events I found i will be home for most hunting seasons. My main concern is by not getting things in order to participate this season I feel a little overwhelmed and am afraid I might miss yet another season due to lack of preperation. I was just looking for some guidance on my options for being able to hunt when I come back. To give you somethings to go off and not be vague like I said Im stationed out of Ft. Carson and am on active duty which limits my time and travel. Im looking to hunt deer, elk and pronghorn and yes I realize that not all these three might not be an option with the limited licenses and seasons available. Im just trying to understand what I might be able to do relatively close and with the time available and for some help in getting to know the complex system here in Colorado compared to my home state of Oregon. Im looking to rifle hunt and can travel on weekends to areas outside of Colorado springs, which I also understand is hard and almost impossible to do. If anyone has any information they are willing to share to help point me in the right direction i would very much appreciate it, Im looking forward to coming home and clearing my head and getting back to the passion that I have for hunting.

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welcome aboard

Welcome aboard and thank you for your service to this great nation. Thumbs up

I love Southern Oregon.  My wifes family is all there so I get to vist at least once a year.

Leftover tags go onsale August 14th 9:00am MDT, you will find elk, deer abd antelope.  They have a list of the leftovers published online.  That's a start.  Also there are over the counter for bull elk tags available 2nd and 3rd rifle season in a great many GMUs. Consider the leftover list and be at a license agent early the morning of the 14th.  They go on sale online the next day, but you greatly reduce your chances of getting yours if you wait that long.

Good luck.

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ORYGUNROB, first off welcome

ORYGUNROB, first off welcome to BGH and glad to see another hunter on the site. Having been in your shoes last year I feel your pain and frustration. I did not return until mid October so my options were very limited. The info Westernhunter gave you is good stuff but here are a few more things. If you will not be home before the 14 Aug draw then write the DOW and explain the situation. They might help you out in getting a tag since there is no way for you to get one from the sand box. The DOW has been very good to returning Soldiers so it is worth a shot. You can bet the good/best left over tags will be gone on the 14th and since you cannot buy a left over on line until the 15th it is your best shot. The OTC option is good but only for elk. Since it looks like you might be here next year, go on line and fill out the application for a military preference point. It will not help you this year but it will next year. You can also write them and put in for the PP that way. You can get a PP for elk, deer, antelope and other critters if you want to. Each will cost you $3 but you do not have to send in the whole tag amount. As for your driving distance, well do not expect anything real close to C/S for left over tags. However if you plan on a 3-5 hour drive your options will open up much more. Not sure when your black leave will be but that is another option if you do not have plans for that. Look at the DOW web site and checkout the left over list. If you have questions from there send me a private message and we can talk.

 

Stay safe,

 

SGM

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Actually there is no draw on

Actually there is no draw on the left over tags now, all the draws are complete. The tags that are left are on a first come first sold basis.

For a reference on what is left here is the left over list

http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Hunting/BigGame/...

Also on the bottom of the following page is the application form for military

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Leftovers/Pages/Leftover.aspx

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preference for active military personnel

I thought I read something on the cdow website today that indicated a preference for active duty members for acquiring a leftover license.

And yes that is correct the leftover license sale is not a draw, though it sometimes for those who don't place their cards right it may seem like a mad dash race to get a leftover tag.

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Preference PointsAny active

Preference Points
Any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces stationed at any military facility in Colorado and actively deployed outside the United States or any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is a Colorado resident and is deployed outside the United States during the license application deadline period can apply to receive a preference point for a future hunt. A military preference point application must be completed and restrictions apply. Download the military preference point application.

Active duty members of the military are exempt from the $25 preference point fee. Members must pay the $25 preference point fee, and then submit a refund request form to receive a fee refund. To receive a refund for the preference point fee, please submit a refund request form along with a copy of current military orders OR a copy of a current military ID.

Active duty service members who are deployed overseas and cannot use a license that they applied for and received can get a refund of the license purchase and get any preference points returned by returning the license with a copy of deployment orders. For information, contact Limited Licensing at (303) 291-7381.

Advance Purchase of Leftover Licenses
Active duty military members who are deployed outside of the United States and are stationed in Colorado or a Colorado resident can purchase leftover licenses after the regular draw process and prior to the annual leftover license day. Please check the leftover list for those leftover hunt codes that are available. Download the military leftover application.

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