Colorado Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

Every year, some 15,000 hunters go Colorado turkey hunting in spring. The state is home to about 22,000 birds and the harvest in 2013 was 4,171 birds.

Both the Merriam's and the Rio Grande subspecies can be found here. The Merriam's are primarily located west of Interstate 25 and south of Highway 160 in the southern part of the state, in the Front Range, in the southwest corner and on the Western Slope. Look for Rio Grandes in the bottoms along the Platte and Arkansas rivers.

Highest turkey densities are found in Archuleta, Mesa, Delta and La Plate counties. In the Front Range, Pueblo, Huerfano, Teller and Fremont counties are top producers.

Toph Ensign with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, recommends that hunters check out the new Colorado Parks & Wildlife web site at http://cpw.state.co.us/ Click on Things To Do and then click on Big Game. Under Resources, click on Colorado Hunting Atlas. The map allows for customization, with streets, or aerial images or topo contours.

Under the Turkey hunting heading, the web site offers Turkey School articles, populations studies and harvest statistics.

Hunter education is required for hunters born on or after January 1, 1949. The season starts April 12 and runs through May 25. Fall seasons begin September 1 and run into October. Youth outreach programs and youth hunt opportunities are available through the Wildlife Division. For more information, visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/huntin/turkey.

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