Elk NetworkAttention Hunters: Colorado Commission Discusses Draw Process

General | July 25, 2023

7/25/2023 update:

Do you hunt in Colorado? If so, you will want to keep tabs and provide input on how Colorado doles out hunting licenses. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission introduced the “Draw Process Working Group” at a recent meeting (go to the 1:30 mark). It will include 13 to 15 members with six to eight representatives of sportsmen groups and the general public, begin working on the draw process in November 2023 and finalize it by July 2024. Monitor the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website to view updates on future Draw Process Working Group meeting times and locations.


Colorado is one of the most popular locations in North America for elk hunting. It is popular for residents and nonresidents alike because of ample opportunity for archery, rifle and muzzleloader hunting, and the largest elk population in the world. 

With that in mind, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission plans to meet July 2021-21, 2023, to discuss the draw process. In fact, it recently released a memorandum “to analyze our current draw rules and processes in order to identify ways to reduce the complexities and find new solutions/alternatives to fix some of the preference point issues, as well as biological and sociological concerns.” 

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation encourages hunters to become informed and be engaged in this draw process. A longtime advocate for elk and other wildlife in Colorado, RMEF and its partners have completed 843 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Colorado with a combined value of more than $201.8 million. These projects conserved and enhanced 501,957 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 119,587 acres. RMEF also has 29 chapters and nearly 15,000 members in Colorado. 

The commission meeting is scheduled to take place at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. View the agenda here. 

(Photo credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)