6 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 10/30/2012
Posts: 13
Colorado Turkey

Hey guys,
I'm a big game hunter here in Northern Colorado, but lately I have had a craving to get out and try my hand at hunting turkeys. Now like I said before I'm a big game hunter, so my knowledge of turkeys is mediocre at best. So I was hoping I could glean a little knowledge from some of the turkey hunters on this forum. Knowledge such as where to hunt (terrain), tactics, season, gear, ect, along with any other information you guys would be willing to share.
Thanks guys.

Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 4206
I have always figured that

I have always figured that you hunt them like you would a elk during the rut. If you are hunting during the spring hunts just follow the snow up and you will catch them just below it in the creek bottoms. I have also found that they like to follow the creeks as they head back up the hill to their summer grounds. If you are scouting them look for tracks in the road where it crosses a creek or in the bottoms of the draws. Then once they are found then it just takes time to call one in.

I have never tried them during a fall hunt but I have ran into my fair share of them during the elk and deer hunts.

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5792
Honestly, I think those

Honestly, I think those things are smart enough they are like big game animals anyway.  It's not like shooting ducks or doves, but those things are pretty intelligent. 

WishIWasHunting's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Brighton, CO
Joined: 01/31/2011
Posts: 690
Since you are already a big

Since you are already a big game hunter, use the tactics that you already use for big game hunting. Elk rut hunting tactics are probably the most comparable for spring turkey hunting, as was already mentioned, but most any hunting tactic you use can likely be applied to turkeys. I have spent a lot of time reading the "expert" recommendations on turkey hunting, and I do try to apply as much of that information as possible. However, I am generally a more mobile hunter than most of the expert turkey hunters recommend, and I have been fairly successful. I have got 4 turkeys in 5 years of turkey hunting, and none of those successes were the textbook sit and call a turkey in.

As for terrain, I am still figuring out where they are at here in Colorado. I have seen turkeys during archery deer season in the lower parts of my hunting unit (CO front range). This spring, I did check some of the areas I was seeing turkeys last fall, but I did not see any turkeys nor any sign. It appeared to me that the turkeys either weren't in those same areas during the spring and fall, or at least not as consistent as I observed last fall. I am building preference points for a river bottom hunt here in CO where my brother has seen turkeys during the spring. It will be a new style of hunt for me, so I will have to try some new tactics for that hunt when I draw the tag.

As for season, I have not hunted the fall season yet. Spring turkey hunting is a lot of fun, and a great time to get out in the woods.

I recommend full camo from head to toe, including either a facemask or facepaint and gloves. Use bug spray or something to keep the tics off. I am a big fan of 3 1/2" ultra mag shotgun for turkeys. They are tough birds, and I like the extra insurance that the 3 1/2" offers.

When you get your first tom or jake, if you are just wanting a tail fan mount, do it yourself. Buy a kit from Van Dykes, and you can save quite a bit of money. Also, I find it rewarding to do it myself.

That's my ramblings on the matter. Good luck!

Offline
Joined: 10/30/2012
Posts: 13
Thanks

WishIWasHunting wrote:
I am a big fan of 3 1/2" ultra mag shotgun for turkeys. They are tough birds, and I like the extra insurance that the 3 1/2" offers.

I would most likely be hunting them with my bow. Anyways thanks for the info guys, I appreciate it.

WishIWasHunting's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Brighton, CO
Joined: 01/31/2011
Posts: 690
CO Fall Turkey Application deadline is 7/11/13

Also, the CO Fall Turkey Application deadline is 7/11/13, so you still have a little time if you haven't applied for a preference point.  You can get 2 turkey preference points a year by applying both in the fall and spring season.  Since many of the units are Unlimited, you might as well build some preference points while you figure out where you want to hunt turkeys.  

WishIWasHunting's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Brighton, CO
Joined: 01/31/2011
Posts: 690
I haven't taken a turkey with

I haven't taken a turkey with my bow yet, so I can't offer any advice on specific archery equipment for turkeys.  Someday, I will get one with my bow!

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Turkey in ColoradoNewtoTheHunt504/19/2013 04:02 am
New Turkey hunter lookin for some help in Coloradocolohunter104/03/2010 07:38 am
What's the best Colorado turkey unit?hunter25211/17/2011 23:25 pm
Colorado turkey huntingcolorado-rookie1003/13/2007 21:39 pm
Turkey hunting FR300Nunjamin304/06/2013 14:15 pm