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Location: Arvada, CO
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Colorado turkey hunting

I'm just starting my hunting adventures (a little later in life than I had wanted) and thought I might get my feet wet this year with the fall turkey hunt in Colorado. However, having never done this before, I was wondering if anyone could suggest some good places go - preferably along the front range, I'm in Jefferson county. Any advice, or suggestions, would be greatly appreciated. After that, I'm really looking forward to deer and elk in the fall...but, that's a topic for another discussion. Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to BGH Big smile Lot's of guys and gals here from CO, you'll have some good advice soon! GOOD LUCK Thumbs up

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colorado-rookie, Welcome to BGH! Big smile Though I'm not a experienced turkey hunter, I have friends who hunt them by Brush, CO and unit 140. I really don't know anyone who has hunted them by Denver, other then another friend who hunts them outside of Sedalia. The deadline for the spring draw is 2/5/07 and can be done online.

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Welcome colorado-rookie!

The western slope has many areas with turkeys. I see them frequently between Meeker and Rifle along highway 13. Big smile

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Location: Austin Colorado
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I've seen quite a few turkeys in the Deckers area not far from the Jefco line. Might even be in JefCo. The road that leads from Pine Juct. down to Deckers is where I have seen the biggest bunch of them and it's mostly public ground there. Also have seen quite a few off of Rampart Range Rd. just east of Deckers. I live on the west slope and hunt over here. One suggestion for Colorado birds...they don't come to the call as readily as the southern birds. I equate hunting turkey in Colorado with hunting Elk that fly. You really need to scout the area, find their roost trees, be there late in the evening and roost the birds with say an owl hoot or yote call, then be back to that same area early the next day to catch them comming off roost. I've even tracked a few birds in the late snows and have stalked and killed gobblers. Quite a trip! Have fun and look into those areas.

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Location: Arvada, CO
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Thank you all for the wonderful welcome and information. The Deckers area sounds promising - close enogh to do on a weekend, or two, or three... For just about all game I've read about, as AustinCo stated, it sounds like scouting is one of, if not the most important aspect of a successful hunt. That's why I'm thinking about the fall turkey here in January - plan ahead for some weekend excursions this summer to do some scouting.

Some other turkey locations I've seen or heard about are near White Ranch open space park, just north of Golden. My brother-in-law said he was up there a while back and the turkeys were everywhere - I'll have to check it out for myself, however. I also saw a couple of gobblers near the side of the road (behind a fence though) on highway 115 about half way between Colo. Spgs. and Canyon City. However, I don't know if they were wild, or if someone was raising them.

When I'm fortunate enough to get my first kill, I'll post it up here. Thanks again.

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There are a boatload of birds all along the front range, all the way to Wyoming and down to New Mexico. Austin pretty much summed it up with some good info. While there are indeed some huntable turkey populations in the Rampart area, you'll be less prone to seeing the bikers if you hunt on the other side of the river, or even further down past Rampart Rd. There is a ton of private property intermixed throughout the area, but also a bunch of gobblers. The White Mountain open space area outside of Golden has quite a few birds as well.
A little scouting prior to the season opener is gonna help you a bunch, but right now, most of the birds in the Rampart area are way down low on private property where a little more of the meltdown has been occuring after these past few storms.

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I've seen quite a few at various times off the aptly named Turkey Creek Canyon Rd. just off 285 not too far from World Famous Tiny Town. lol I've seen quite a few up Deer Creek Canyon Rd., also. I think it's mostly private land but you could ask around. Really close to Denver and I've seen the turkeys there often enough to believe there's a huntable population. I've got them in my yard here in NH and have to shoo them off the deck so I can go to work. Too many neighbors around my house to shoot. I'm thinking a 9-iron to the head during the spring hunt. Need to check the regs. Is a 9-iron considered a "primitive weapon"?

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Location: Austin Colorado
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if you have to shoo them off the porch I bet you could get away with the self defense claim. Go rent a nail gun and do a little fun work on the porch! Laugh

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Nail gun .....hadn't thought of that. I'll just nail his head to the deck and say "I didn't see him." One of the other guys mentioned Meeker. I've also run ito a flock in Meeker while elk hunting. They were just off FS Rd. 250 coming up from the Buford side, right where the road crosses East Beaver Creek. I'm not sure how far they roam out west. I know they don't usually go to far from home back here. Good luck.

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My first experience with turkey hunting was in GMU 31 on the western slope. While the area had a pretty high success rate, the only turkeys my son and I came across where all on private land. Was back up there for a youth elk hunt last December, which was on a private ranch, and saw a flock of 143 birds! If you are looking along the front range, we have been successful the last two seasons in units 85 and 851, all the way down near the New Mexico border. I have spoken with several folks during the past year about the turkey populations on Fort Carson and they appear to be much better than I initially thought. You'll have to get access to hunt on Fort Carson and register your weapon before you can take it onto the post. Being active duty military, I have a few rifles registered that I shoot on the range at Carson...basically filling out a piece of paper at the main gate visitor center and picking it up after a one week processing time. As for military hunting permit and access procedures, I have not been through that...yet. Most likely will hunt there this spring for Gobblers...it is an unlimited area. Fort Carson info number is 719-524-5339.

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