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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.


Spring Limited Licenses

  • The application deadline has passed. 
  • Draw results were available as of February 23. Hunters can check draw results within
  • The deadline for paying for your turkey license is March 9. All successful licenses will be mailed after the payment is received. ​

Spring season opens April 10 and runs through approximately May 31. 

Spring OTC Turkey Licenses

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

Major 2021 Changes: Starting March 23, a Reissue Preview list for spring turkey licenses will be available. Reissued licenses will be added to the leftover licenses list and go on sale starting at 11am March 24. Read about the new process on the License Refunds, Reissues, Reversals & Exchanges page.

The fall turkey application period for 2021 will be shortened this year to allow for fall turkey licenses to be used as qualifying licenses for the secondary draw. The application period will be opened May 1, with the deadline for submissions of May 28th. 

Other changes to note are that hunting reservations are now available starting at 9 a.m. instead of midnight and new hunting opportunities are available at Fishers Peak State Park.

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

​​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.