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.

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.

Female Antelope Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AF003O1A 003,301 09/01/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 70 noseas/nosex
AF087O1A 087 09/01/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 29 noseas/nosex

Male Antelope Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AM003O1A 003,301 08/15/2020 - 09/20/2020 3 70 noseas/nosex
AM087O1A 087 08/15/2020 - 09/20/2020 2 29 noseas/nosex
AM006O1A 006,016,017,161, 08/15/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 19 noseas/nosex
AM082O1A 082,681 08/15/2020 - 09/20/2020 3 14 noseas/nosex
AM049O1A 049,050,500,501 08/15/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 10 noseas/nosex

Female Antelope Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AF112O1M 112,113,114,115 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 32 95 noseas/nosex
AF142O1M 142 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 10 69 noseas/nosex
AF120O1M 120,121,125,126 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 31 46 noseas/nosex
AF104O1M 104,105 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 30 43 noseas/nosex
AF110O1M 110,111,118,119, 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 362 43 noseas/nosex

Male Antelope Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AM059O1M 059,591 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 1 100 noseas/nosex
AM112O1M 112,113,114,115 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 12 95 noseas/nosex
AM009O1M 009,191 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 1 75 noseas/nosex
AM007O1M 007,008 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 1 56 noseas/nosex
AM087O1M 087,088,089,090, 09/21/2020 - 09/29/2020 1 48 noseas/nosex

Female Antelope Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AF141P1R 141 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 66 85 noseas/nosex
AF097L1R 097 12/01/2020 - 12/14/2020 1 84 noseas/nosex
AF100O1R 100 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 1 84 noseas/nosex
AF104O1R 104 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 2 83 noseas/nosex
AF003O1R 003,301 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 1 82 noseas/nosex

Male Antelope Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
AM089O1R 089 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 2 88 noseas/nosex
AM003P5R 003,301 09/26/2020 - 10/11/2020 4 82 noseas/nosex
AM004P5R 004,005 09/26/2020 - 10/11/2020 1 80 noseas/nosex
AM131P1R 131 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 2 80 noseas/nosex
AM106O1R 106 10/03/2020 - 10/11/2020 4 80 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, 95 72 noseas
DE104O1A 104,105,106 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 6 69 full
DE128O4A 128,133,134,135 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 1 45 noseas
DE128O2A 128,133,134,135 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 1 45 noseas
DE069O1A 069,084,086,691, 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 9 44 full

Female Deer Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DF116O3A 116,117 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 28 72 noseas/nosex
DF128O4A 128,133,134,135 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 11 45 noseas/nosex
DF112O4A 112,113,114,115, 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 47 40 noseas/nosex
DF030P5A 030 09/02/2020 - 10/31/2020 28 34 noseas/nosex
DF129O3A 129 10/01/2020 - 10/23/2020, 11 32 noseas/nosex

Male Deer Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DM055O1A 055 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 3 75 noseas/nosex
DM040O1A 040 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 2 58 noseas/nosex
DM067O1A 067 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 2 47 noseas/nosex
DM072O1A 072,073 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 1 47 noseas/nosex
DM052O1A 052,411,521 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 3 39 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Deer Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DE116O3M 116,117 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 98 53 noseas
DE107O3M 107,112,113,114, 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 68 51 noseas
DE110O3M 110,111,118,119, 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 86 43 noseas
DE104O3M 104,105,106 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 3 39 noseas
DE109O3M 109 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 23 34 noseas

Female Deer Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DF099O2M 099 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 22 59 noseas/nosex
DF116O3M 116,117 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 15 53 noseas/nosex
DF116O2M 116,117 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 8 53 noseas/nosex
DF107O2M 107,112,113,114, 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 25 51 noseas/nosex
DF107O3M 107,112,113,114, 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 10 51 noseas/nosex

Male Deer Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DM140O1M 140 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 4 67 noseas/nosex
DM063O1M 063 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 2 65 noseas/nosex
DM083P1M 083 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 56 noseas/nosex
DM116O2M 116,117 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 76 53 noseas/nosex
DM107O2M 107,112,113,114, 10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020 7 51 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Deer Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DE003P2R 003,004,005,014, 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 8 85 noseas
DE003P3R 003,004,005,014, 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 10 85 noseas
DE011P2R 011,012,013,022, 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 4 81 noseas
DE011P3R 011,012,013,022, 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 5 81 noseas
DE044P3R 044 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 1 67 noseas

Female Deer Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DF003O2R 003,301 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 3 85 noseas/nosex
DF003O3R 003,301 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 3 85 noseas/nosex
DF142L1R 142 12/01/2020 - 12/14/2020 1 84 noseas/nosex
DF005O2R 005 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 1 80 noseas/nosex
DF053P5R 053 09/01/2020 - 10/31/2020 1 74 noseas/nosex

Male Deer Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DM021O2R 021 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 2 86 noseas/nosex
DM003O2R 003,301 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 10 85 noseas/nosex
DM003O4R 003,301 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 2 85 noseas/nosex
DM003O3R 003,301 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 10 85 noseas/nosex
DM012O3R 012,013,023,024 11/07/2020 - 11/13/2020 2 84 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Deer Other Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DE101O2X 101,102 10/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 2 41 noseas/nosex/nomanner
DE089O2X 089,090,095 10/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 1 38 noseas/nosex/nomanner
DE093O2X 093,097,098,099, 10/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 1 34 noseas/nosex/nomanner

Female Deer Other Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
DF101O2X 101,102 10/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 33 41 noseas/nosex/nomanner
DF089O2X 089,090,095 10/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 233 38 noseas/nosex/nomanner
DF096P5X 096 10/01/2020 - 01/31/2021 2 35 noseas/nosex/nomanner
DF096P6X 096 10/01/2020 - 01/31/2021 106 35 noseas/nosex/nomanner
DF091P5X 091 10/01/2020 - 01/31/2021 43 35 noseas/nosex/nomanner

Either Sex Elk Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EE391O1A 391 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 1 47 full
EE020O1A 020 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 5 32 full
EE066O1A 066 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 4 26 full
EE012O1A 012,023,024 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 10 24 full
EE501O1A 501 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 1 23 full

Female Elk Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EF020O1A 020 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 2 32 noseas/nosex
EF070O1A 070 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 109 17 noseas/nosex
EF074O1A 074,741 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 27 10 noseas/nosex
EF077O1A 077,078,771 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 1 9 noseas/nosex
EF075O1A 075,751 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 41 8 noseas/nosex

Male Elk Archery Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EM070O1A 070 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 180 17 noseas/nosex
EM071O1A 071,072,073,711 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 1006 11 noseas/nosex
EM074O1A 074,741 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 571 10 noseas/nosex
EM077O1A 077,078,771 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 1106 9 noseas/nosex
EM075O1A 075,751 09/02/2020 - 09/30/2020 317 8 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Elk Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EE012P1M 012,013,023,024, 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 36 noseas
EE012O1M 012,023,024 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 29 full
EE070O1M 070 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 29 full
EE082O1M 082 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 2 29 full
EE004O1M 004,005,441 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 2 26 full

Female Elk Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EF104O1M 104 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 29 67 noseas/nosex
EF011O1M 011,013,131,211 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 40 noseas/nosex
EF391O1M 391 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 40 40 noseas/nosex
EF066O1M 066 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 36 noseas/nosex
EF012O1M 012,023,024 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 36 noseas/nosex

Male Elk Muzzleloader Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EM104O1M 104 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 15 67 noseas/nosex
EM391O1M 391 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 29 40 noseas/nosex
EM020O1M 020 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 35 noseas/nosex
EM461O1M 461 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 3 35 noseas/nosex
EM075O1M 075,751 09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020 1 25 noseas/nosex

Either Sex Elk Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EE070O1R 070 10/10/2020 - 10/14/2020 2 43 full
EE011P1R 011,012,013,023, 10/10/2020 - 10/14/2020 162 43 noseas
EE082O1R 082 10/10/2020 - 10/14/2020 3 36 full
EE062P4R 062 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 9 35 noseas
EE062P1R 062 10/10/2020 - 10/14/2020 1 35 noseas

Female Elk Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EF036O4R 036,361 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 100 full
EF002O2R 002 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 1 62 full
EF025O4R 025,026 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 59 full
EF040O2R 040 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 1 59 full
EF007O4R 007,008 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 58 full

Male Elk Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
EM060O1R 060 10/10/2020 - 10/14/2020 1 65 full
EM009O4R 009 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020 FLOAT 61 full
EM020L1R 020 12/05/2020 - 12/16/2020 1 59 noseas
EM020O1R 020 10/10/2020 - 10/14/2020 1 51 full
EM104O2R 104 10/24/2020 - 11/01/2020 64 50 full

Either Sex Turkey Rifle Hunt

HUNT CODE VALID UNITS (GMU) SEASON DATES QUOTA Harvest Score Match Type
TE139L1R 139 09/01/2020 - 10/23/2020 7 80 noseas/nosex/nomanner
TE127L1R 127,132 09/01/2020 - 10/23/2020 13 65 noseas/nosex/nomanner
TE091K1R 091,092,096,101, 09/01/2020 - 10/23/2020 3 60 noseas/nosex/nomanner
TE103K1R 103,107,109 09/01/2020 - 10/23/2020 24 56 noseas/nosex/nomanner
TE124K1R 124,125,129 09/01/2020 - 10/23/2020 14 50 noseas/nosex/nomanner
Posted: August 1, 2020