Spring is upon us, which means Turkey Hunting Season in Colorado is in full swing. From April 8 through May 21, 2017, folks can hunt these remarkable, wild birds. There are also Fall and late season hunting dates. Here are some tips to know before you go.
1. SIGHT IN YOUR SHOTGUN
Before you head to the field, make sure your shotgun is sighted-in.
2. CHECK ALL OF YOUR GEAR
This includes hunting boots, clothing, survival equipment, first-aid kit, etc.
3. EVIDENCE OF GENDER
Spring turkey hunting is for toms only. Don't forget to leave evidence of sex on your harvested turkey.
4. KNOW THE LAWS
This includes new regulations, private-land boundaries, legal hunting hours and method of take for the spring season.
5. KNOW YOUR TARGET
As with all hunting opportunities, be absolutely sure of your target and what lies beyond it before you pull the trigger. Never shoot at sound or movement.
6. STAY ALERT
When using a turkey call, hunters may mistake your call for a real turkey.
7. CHOOSE GOOD COVER
Choose hunting locations that provide cover for your back and also give you visibility. Your calling position should have a solid background as wide as your shoulders and higher than your head while providing you with 180-degree visibility. Don’t hide so well that you can’t see what’s happening. Sit still; both turkeys and hunters may see even slight movements.
8. KNOW WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Don’t wear red, white or blue clothing, because you could look like a mature male turkey (who also happens to sport these colors). Alert other hunters to your presence. You can hang fluorescent material (like a hunter-orange cap or vest) above your calling spot and wear hunter orange while going to-and-from your hunting spot.
9. DON'T ATTEMPT TO STALK
Don't attempt to stalk a turkey in the spring. Hunters use calling to attract birds and you may be stalking a hunter, increasing the chances of an accident. Find a good location to sit and call birds to you. If you see another hunter approaching, don’t use turkey calls to alert the hunter. In a clear, loud voice, say “Hunter."
10. MARK YOUR BLIND
Portable blinds and tree stands set up on state wildlife areas must be removed at the end of the day. Blinds or stands do not reserve a hunting spot. In addition, blinds and stands require clear marking with a hunter’s identification.
BONUS TIP — Contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-255-6162 or visit their website if you have any questions about hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, or boating, hiking and camping at one of our State Parks.