Colorado hunters have even greater opportunities to pursue wild turkeys in 2012, thanks to increased bag limits, expanded season dates and additional private-and public-land hunting licenses.
Here’s what you need to know for the upcoming spring and fall seasons:
New Late Season:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer over-the-counter licenses for hunting beardless turkeys on private land in Game Management Units 101, 102, 112 and 113, located in Yuma and Lincoln counties. This special late season begins Dec. 15 and continues through Jan. 15, 2013. The bag limit is two beardless birds.
Increased Bag Limits:
Hunters may now harvest a total of five birds annually. Hunters may harvest two bearded turkeys in the spring (one with a limited license and one with an over-the-counter license), one either-sex turkey in the fall, and two beardless turkeys in the late season.
Fall Hunts Offered in Unit 53:
Over-the-counter licenses are now available for fall turkey hunting in GMU 53, located in Gunnison and Delta counties.
Unlimited, Private-Land-Only Licenses Available in Yuma County:
Private-land-only hunts are now available during the fall season in Yuma County (GMUs 101 and 102).
Public-Land Hunting in GMUs 101, 102:
Spring and fall hunting in GMUs 101 and 102 on public land has been combined, meaning licenses will now be valid in either GMU 101 or 102.
For more information about these changes and other regulations, please see the “2012 Colorado Turkey” brochure. Brochures are now available at statewide license agents, Parks and Wildlife offices and may be viewed and printed online. An interactive brochure featuring video tutorials may be viewed by clicking HERE.
“Turkey Hunting Colorado”
Hunters who want to get the most out of their 2012 hunt should pick up a copy of “Turkey Hunting Colorado.” This informative and educational DVD offers a wealth of information for novice and experienced hunters alike. DVDs are free and are available at Parks and Wildlife offices.
An online version of the video may be viewed below: