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Although populations are still recovering from the effects of the drought, fall turkey hunting throughout most of the state in 2003 should be vastly improved over 2002 according to Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) officials. The exception is in the extreme southwest portion of the state, such as Dolores, Montezuma, Archuleta, and La Plata counties, where drought conditions still prevail.

There is still plenty of opportunity to hunt the birds this fall, especially in areas of the state that are seeing additional precipitation.

“In the west, Mesa, Delta, and Montrose counties offer the best opportunities,” said Rick Hoffman, avian researcher for the DOW. “In the east, Las Animas, Huerfano, Custer, Pueblo, and Fremont counties consistently offer good turkey hunting. However, hunters should be aware that public lands for turkey hunting are much more limited on the east slope compared to the west slope.”

Some of Colorado’s primitive big game hunters buy turkey tags that correspond with their elk or deer hunting Game Management Units and season dates. Elk, deer and turkey often inhabit similar range and harvesting a turkey can be an added bonus for many big game hunters. Hunting turkeys prior to the big game rifle seasons can also be a productive way to scout for upcoming deer and elk seasons.

Resident unlimited turkey licenses cost $10.25. Nonresident licenses are $75.25.

The 2003 fall turkey season takes place from Sept. 1 through Oct. 5. There are unlimited fall licenses available. Please consult the 2003 Turkey Regulations for the Game Management Units where these licenses are valid.




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