Top 5 2020 Colorado Leftover Tags

With hunting season kicking off in August and September across the country, many hunters have shifted squarely into hunt preperation. However, if you are like us, you may not have drawn that coveted tag. So you may have resigned yourself to purchasing an over-the-counter (OTC) tag. However, many states give hunters one final shot at the tags nobody wanted. These tags are "The Leftover Tags". So undesirable that nobody saw fit to apply for them in previous draws! Or are they? Some of Colorado's leftover tags have over a 50% success rate and go on sale Aug 4th @ 9 AM MT at CPWD's site here. Below is our ranking for the top 5 tags available per species, sex and manner!

Methodology

Our analysis assumes the primary objective for purchasing a leftover tag is success in the field. So we aim to find the highest harvest rates for leftover hunt codes. Using the prior 3 years of harvest data, we used a recurisve match to find the best possible harvest data. What does that mean? Well the thing is, some of these leftover hunt codes haven't been available in the last 3 years. So we find the next best match by loosening up the fields we match on. First we try matching across the season, sex and manner (full match). If we don't find a match we drop, we drop the season (noseas match). If we still don't find a match, we drop the sex. After that we drop the manner of take.

Here is an example to make our methodology concrete. Hunt code EM070O1A is in Unit 70 for a first season archery bull elk hunt. This hunt code did not exist before this year. However, there are archery elk hunts every year for either sex in Unit 70. So we pull historical harvest data from the HuntScore database and compute the average success rate across either sex hunt codes. While there is some downside to this, most codes in a particular hunt code group (species, sex, manner) end up with the same match type. So our harvest score is relatively comparable.

With all that said, some gals and guys are looking for the most hard to draw tag. Colorado also allows folks to reuturn tags, so some real doozies can show up. Levarging the HuntScore database, we also match up returned tags to show which are the hardest to draw. Without further ado, below are the best leftover tags available for Colorado in 2020! Good luck with your hunt this year and we'll see you this fall on the plains, forests and mountains.

Colorado's Hardest To Draw Returned Tags

HUNT CODE MIN RES PP MIN NONRES PP VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA
DM102O1R 2.0 2.0 102 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 1
DM062P2R 1.0 1.0 062 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 2

Female Antelope Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AF130P5R 130,146 12/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 131 56 noseas/nosex
AF112L1R 112,113,114,115 12/05/2020 - 12/13/2020 185 49 noseas/nosex
AF132P5R 132,139,145 12/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 343 46 noseas/nosex
AF136P5R 136,143 12/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 98 41 noseas/nosex
AF137P5R 137,138,144 12/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 62 39 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Deer Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DE116O3A 116,117 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 86 57 noseas
DE107O3A 107 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 11 33 noseas
DE110O4A 112130,,112141,118,119, 1110//0041//22002200 -- 1120//3213//22002200, 19 31 noseas
DE112O4A 112102,,112113,114,115, 1110//0041//22002200 -- 1120//3213//22002200, 47 0 noseas

Female Deer Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DF116O3A 116,117 1110//0041//22002200 -- 1110//3203//22002200,, 20 57 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Deer Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DE116O2R 116,117 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 33 105 noseas
DE107L2R 107 12/01/2020 - 12/14/2020 25 52 noseas
DE444P2R 444 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 1 46 noseas
DE131P2R 131,231 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 1 17 noseas

Female Deer Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DF117L1R 1 1122//0115//22002200 -- 1122//1341//22002200 A1 96 noseas/nosex
DF099O1R 099 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 1 68 noseas/nosex
DF107L2R 107 12/01/2020 - 12/14/2020 51 52 noseas/nosex
DF104L2R 104 12/01/2020 - 12/14/2020 18 50 noseas/nosex
DF104O2R 104 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 38 50 noseas/nosex

Male Deer Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DM105O1R 105,106 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 2 54 noseas/nosex
DM102O1R 102 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 1 52 noseas/nosex
DM143P1R 143,144,145 10/24/2020 - 11/03/2020 2 49 noseas/nosex
DM062P2R 062 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 2 49 noseas/nosex
DM391P5R 391,461 10/24/2020 - 11/22/2020 33 34 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Elk Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EE060P4R 060 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 5 28 noseas
EE231P2R 231 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 57 28 noseas
EE231P3R 231 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 FLOAT 28 noseas
EE231P4R 231 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 28 noseas
EE028P4R 028,037 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 199 25 noseas

Female Elk Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EF001P5R 001 08/15/2020 - 01/15/2021 2 88 noseas
EF104P5R 104,105,106 09/01/2020 - 01/31/2021 111 45 noseas/nosex
EF131O4R 131 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 40 full
EF009L1R 009 10/15/2020 - 11/01/2020 27 36 noseas/nosex
EF131P5R 131 11/23/2020 - 01/31/2021 22 33 noseas

Male Elk Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EM104O4R 104 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 53 full
EM009O4R 009 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 52 full
EM009O2R 009 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 60 43 full
EM009O3R 009 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 FLOAT 35 full
EM104O2R 104 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 44 33 full
Posted: August 1, 2020

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