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'Livin' the Wildlife' Colorado Wild Turkeys Video

The wild turkey is beloved among hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The wild turkey's springtime mating displays are one of the most exciting and stunning events in nature. Yet, these iconic birds only exist today because of dedicated conservation programs. This video provides an overview of the wild turkey's mating behavior and Colorado Parks and Wildlife's long-standing efforts to conserve this amazing species. The video features both Rio Grande turkeys, which were introduced to Colorado in the 1980s, and the native Merriam's turkeys.

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Apply Now for Spring Limited Licenses

Spring turkey limited license applications open on January 5, 2021. Apply online.

  • The application and application corrections deadline is February 2, 8 pm MT. 
  • The deadline for paying for your turkey license is March 9, 2021. All successful licenses will be mailed after the payment is received. ​

2021 Changes

  • Spring season opens April 10 and runs through approximately May 31. 
  • Fall season opens September 1 and runs through approximately October 29. 

Major 2021 changes: The process for reissuing limited licenses has changed; see our Refunds page for more. The fall turkey application period may be shortened, pending CPW Commission approval in Jan.; fall turkey licenses may become qualifying licenses for the secondary draw ONLY, pending CPW Commission approval in Jan.; hunting reservations are available starting at 9 a.m.; new hunting opportunities at Fishers Peak State Park; and more.

Read the Turkey Regulations brochure "What's New: 2021" section, and see the season dates and other important turkey hunting information.

Spring Limited License Draw Results

Results​ should be available on February 23, 2021. Hunters can check draw results within cpwshop.com

Each hunter will need a UNIQUE IDENITIFIER (CID, Driver's License number, Passport number, etc.) and PASSWORD to log in and create a profile in the new Parks and Wildlife purchasing system​​​. A unique email is no longer required for login, but is still required for customers to get their purchase receipts, draw notifications, account update notifications, password resets, etc. 

Afterward, you can log in to your personal account and if you have draw results to show, they will appear under the "My Orders" submenu on the left navigation.

Spring OTC Turkey Licenses

OTC spring turkey licenses go on sale March 1, 2021 at 9 AM MT.


​​Turkey Hunting in Colorado

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 safety tips, techniques and strategies for hunting both the native Merriam’s wild turkeys of the mountains and the Rio Grande wild turkeys of the Plains. 


Turkey Hunting 101 Clinics

If you are a novice turkey hunter and are interested in learning more, a free Turkey Hunting 101 clinic can give you a place to start. Hunting tips, how to obtain a license, calling techniques and gear used by the Colorado turkey hunter are covered. Learn about Rios and Merriam's; how to roost a bird and learn to strut your stuff. 

To find dates, locations and registration information, see outreach clinics.


Double Team Tactics

TEAM UP to take a turkey by effectively stationing yourself, a hunting partner and a decoy.

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