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CO Spring Turkey

Thank god Jan-March is over!  I hate those months!

 I know everybody is in an (elk, deer, sheep, antelope, bear) frenzy with the big game deadline coming up this week.

With that said, who's getting out to chase Toms next Saturday?  I've been scouting and hiking when weather permitted throughout the winter at my usual spots.  Don't want to brag about my turkey batting average or else I'll get skunked this year...let's just say it's close to a 1000 Dancing .

I typically chase mountain merriams, don't know any landowners to hunt the rios out east.  Am gonna get out to KS and chase some this year though.

If you haven't thought about chasing turkeys, give it a shot.  It's a great excuse to get out into the woods at a great time of the year.  I started going in 09 and found out it's a close second to elk.  It's way more fun that it sounds.

 

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I'm right with you man. I

I'm right with you man. I started five years ago and it is way more fun than I ever imagined. Its crazy how much adrenaline gets pumping when you have a tom gobbling and coming in. I got skunked my first two years but I've bagged my tom the last 3 years. I'll be backpacking again this year so we'll see how it goes.

I am pretty sure I'll be able to go this weekend. I'll pack in on Friday and hopefully be under a flock of merriam's roost come saturday morn.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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I will be headed to Nebraska

I will be headed to Nebraska here in a few weeks to give chase to them.  I have a pretty good spot in Eastern Colorado if I ever could draw the tag.  Maybe here in a few years I will finally get a chance.

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Also headed to Nebraska

I will be headed to the NW corner of Nebraska for 1-2 weekends anytime between now and the end of May.  What general area do you hunt in NE?

Eventually, I am going to have to find a place to turkey hunt in CO.  I love the area I hunt in NE, but it would be nice to be able to chase tailfeathers in CO also. 

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Goos luck to you guys, I get

Goos luck to you guys, I get a spring tag every year but havent chsed them around yet, This year I'm gonna make an effort to get a tom. I found a land owner close to home that has some turkey hangin around, he said i can come up and hunt them with my bow so I think I'm gonna take him up on that. I just now need to see when the season starts, I'm pretty sure its on the 15th.

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Took

A ride by Aguilar Co last Thursday and found these guys chasing hens all puffed up. Not an area I can hunt but got me pumped. I'm still a bigtime rookie in the turkey game, but am fortunate to hit it this weekend with an experienced turkey chasing nut who is pretty good at hunting them. He's also an archery pro and is going to coach me on shooting my bow as well for the later Sep. elk hunt.

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SoCoKHntr - Those are some
SoCoKHntr - Those are some great pics. That 3rd one gets me super pumped up.
Goosehunter Jr. - You do know that OTC tags now cover most of the eastern units if you are hunting on private land. If your spot out there is private than go buy an OTC tag and go chase em. But if your spot is public than ya... you'll still have to wait to draw it. I just want to make sure you aren't missing out on a chance to hunt those eastern CO birds.
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I try to get excited about turks

but I just can't.  I always seem to be more interested in the big game possibilities whenever I'm turkey hunting.  Sure, I get going a bit when there's a tom actually gobbling at me, but the rest of them time I'm shed hunting or looking for ambush sites, old carcasses, big game sign and things like that.

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike turkey hunting.  I just love big game a lot more.  But, since its the only game in town this time of year, I play along

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Turkey

I would love to get into Turkey Hunting; seems like I see them fairly frequently when I'm up fishing or hunting. I wouldn't even know where to begin though. What's the success rate here in Colorado?

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Hawkeye:  I don't post much,

Hawkeye:  I don't post much, but I read all the time.  You've scored early the last 2 years, seems like you're always posting pictures of a Tom on opening weekend.  Best of luck this year too!

SoCo:  Very cool pics, especially the third.  I called in a few birds down your way last year.  Saw even more off of I-25 a few minutes south of Pueblo.  Seems like there are tons of birds in the southern part of our state.

Ex:  With the amont of energy and time you put into big game, can't really say I blame you.  Love the website btw, ordered some goodies awhile back.

 

I can't find the poster's name who asked about sucess rates in CO.  I hunt alot, but I'm not an expert by any means and my degree was way easier than a biology major.  Take what I say with a grain of salt.

 

 I don't know what the sucess rates are per se, but they are available on DOW's website.  I do know there's plenty of opportunites and birds on public land.  Check out the DOW guide for the general range, and ask around in your area (you'd be suprised at what people will divulge).  Drive the back roads after a rain/snow and you'll see tracks.  Listen for gobbles at dawn and dusk (just be sure it's an OTC unit).

After playing around in the area for awhile, you'll start to get the hang of the birds.  I've never figured out how to "pattern" them, as the mountain Toms can put on some miles throughout their day...but after burning some boot leather and gas money, you'll have a general idea of where they roost, feed, etc...

The books will talk about finding strut zones and other stuff.  I have no clue how to, or if they're talking about birds back east.  Just be where they are, call, and eventually it happens.

You'll likely have some company, especially this weekend, but it's easy to get away from 90% percent of hunters.

The worst thing that can happen...you find sheds and scout for big game honey holes.

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Almost

got a shot at a tom this morning by Gardner Co. but he stayed about 60 yards out, too far for me.

Found this awesome shed whiched topped off a great morning. Heading out to Lake Pueblo this evening to see if I can get some action.

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