These licenses are unlimited in number and available over-the-counter for hunting on all private land within the game management unit where the license holder has permission to hunt. Please get landowner permission before purchasing a license.
Dec. 15, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014
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The bag limit during late season hunts is two beardless turkeys. See page 5 of the interactive turkey hunting brochure for a map and more information. Hunters may also contact a CPW Hunt Planner at (303) 297-1192.
NOTE: General over-the-counter licenses can be purchased through the internet, telephone (1-800-244-5613), license agents and Parks and Wildlife offices up until midnight the day before the season starts, then only at CPW offices.
Beginners Can Benefit from Turkey School
Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Outreach program has an online education program called Turkey School
. The articles and information provided in the school are focused on providing information to the novice hunter who needs some basic skills to begin this exciting adventure.
The format of the school is similar to the format used in Elk Hunting University
- lessons are written with the novice hunter in mind. The school does not profess to teach all there is to know about hunting gobblers, but the hope is it will give the novice a place to begin learning about the thrill of turkey hunting. Turkey School
is divided into chapters, with each chapter having individual lessons. See Chapter 1
and Chapter 2
for a variety of individual lessons.South Platte River Turkey Population Study
Investigating the population dynamics of Rio Grande turkeys along the South Platte River
Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigated the population ecology of the Rio Grande turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
) in Northeast Colorado from 2008-2012. The South Platte River corridor is one of the most popular destinations for spring turkey hunters because of the many State Wildlife Areas
that are available for public access throughout the riparian corridor.
CPW sought to obtain better information on the biological aspects of the population. Thus, the objectives of the study were to determine recruitment rates, the annual and seasonal movements, age- and sex-specific survival rates, cause-specific mortality rates, estimate the density and size of the population in Game Management Units 91, 92, and 96, and develop a winter flock survey to monitor annual changes in the turkey population. The study was concluded in February 2012, following the winter season.
A few of the results that were revealed included:
- turkey movements to wintering areas occurred one to two weeks earlier for birds on public lands than for those on private land;
- juvenile females dispersed farther than all other age-sex classes;
- spring hunting was the primary cause of mortality for males and predation, primarily from coyotes, was the highest mortality factor for female turkeys, and
- the combination of human-related development along the Highway 6 corridor that divides GMUs 91 and 96 was a significant deterrent for turkey movements between the two units, creating two distinct turkey management areas within the study area.
These and other results from this study will direct future management actions including license allocation, season structure, and annual population monitoring. For more information, read the Rio Grande turkey technical publication (9.7MB).
Turkey Hunting in Colorado
A guide to hunting techniques and habitat
Turkey hunting is growing in popularity throughout North America, and Colorado offers exceptional hunting opportunities for two sub-species of these remarkable birds. In this video, hunters will learn techniques and strategies for hunting both the native Merriam’s wild turkeys of the mountains and the Rio Grande wild turkeys of the Plains. Want to learn more?
See page two of the interactive turkey hunting brochure
for more turkey and hunting videos to prepare for the upcoming hunting season.