From the Colorado Division of Wildlife
-- In preparation for the 2010 spring turkey season, a series of seminars are planned for novice and first time hunters in Denver, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. The classes are free and geared to help hunters learn more about hunting wild turkeys.
In addition, a special “how to” seminar with experts from the National Turkey Federation will be held March 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 pm. At the Montrose Rod and Gun Club indoor range. At that seminar, leaders explain all facets of turkey hunting, including field dressing and cooking turkeys. The Montrose seminar is limited to 50 people, at a cost of $10 each, and includes lunch. Register by telephone at (970)252-6000 or go to the DOW Montrose Service Center at 2300 Townsend Avenue.
In most of Colorado, the spring turkey season opens April 10 and continues through May 23.
The free seminars also provide hunters with an overview of turkey hunting. DOW biologists will discuss turkey habitat, locating birds, safety tips, current laws and regulations, as well as hunting tips and techniques for the novice hunter.
Class Schedule and Location:
Denver—March 25, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 6060 Broadway. Limited to 150 people. Call (303)291-7545 for reservations.
Pueblo—March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Pueblo State Park Auditorium. Call (719)227-5200 for reservations.
Colorado Springs—March 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., DOW Office, 4255 Sinton Road. Limited to 50 people. Call (719)227-5200 for reservations.
Grand Junction—March 31, 6-9:30 p.m., DOW hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave., Event hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation Western Slope Chapter. Call (970)255-6181 for reservations.
Colorado is home to two subspecies of wild turkey, the native Merriam's and the Rio Grande, which was introduced to the state in 1980. Merriams are primarily found in open meadows and in ponderosa, oak brush and pinion juniper stands in mountainous zones west of Interstate 25. The Rio Grande species inhabit cottonwood and creek bottoms adjacent to agricultural lands in the eastern portion of the state.
For more information about hunting wild turkey in Colorado, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Turkey/