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No luck in CO yet

I have been up the last two weekends in the Rampart Range/Indian Tree area and have'nt seen any sign of Turkeys yet. Not scat, tracks, a feather - nothing. Plenty of hunters however.

With the late spring snows we have had I wonder if they are arriving later than usual. I was post-holing through a foot and a half of snow the weekend prior to the opener. Late snows made scouting tough too, but I don't think there were any birds to find that time of year with the weather we had.

This week I did hear some gobbles at first light this weekend, but they sounded pretty far off and on private property. I am encouraged that the birds could move in this week and more snow melts and things continue to green up.

The good news is that Rampart Range Road is closed as are the off road trails that infest the woods with dirt bikes and 4 wheelers until May 1st. Also due to the late spring snows.

Anybody else seeing any turkey sign near this part of the state?

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Location: Pueblo Colorado
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Re: No luck in CO yet

A good friend of mine had his first Colorado Merriams turkey success this weekend. He's originally from Missouri and did quite well there on turkeys. He's been applying for the Bosco Del Oso for turkeys since moving here and drew a tag this year. He finally went this last Sat. and said he had to do quite a bit of hiking but finally heard some gobbles and said he sat down got ready and started calling. He said he had four toms coming in at about a hundred yards, one with a long twelve inch looking beard, and he said he was excited but before they got into range he noticed he had two smaller toms coming in on his right side at about twenty yards. He said he had to take one because they were coming right at him and would have busted him and alerted the other turkeys. He told me the difference between the turkeys back home and our Merriams is that they seem to be a lot less vocal. He said after he heard the first gobbles and started calling to them they shut up for awhile and he thought they bugged out and then to his surprise starting making noise a lot closer then when he last heard em and had been coming in.

Well we still got time to fill our tags!

Good luck

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Location: Colorado Springs
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Re: No luck in CO yet

Same goes here. Lots of blisters on my feet but no bird.

Not trying to be too off topic... but if anyone winds up going to the Cheyenne Mountain zoo in Colorado Springs be sure to take along a diaphragm call. They have a small flock of turkeys there and it's a hoot to pester the gobblers. They practically rip down the fencing to get at you.

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Re: No luck in CO yet

I haven't turkey hunted the Rampart Range, but never have run across any while up there for other activities. I would think there should be some. There's a ton of turkey on the Air Force Academy...wish they would open that up for archery

Heading down to the Trinidad area in a few hours with my son...hope to at least hear something. I wanted to try Fort Carson this year, but with just getting back from Afghanistan and starting a new job, I haven't had a time to get a new access permit. I've run across some turkey in the Bosque del Oso after hiking a bit back into the southern portion...that was fall, came across a flock and took a hen a few years back.

Bernie

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Re: No luck in CO yet

XPLSV... I hear you about the USAFA. Everytime we've had projects there I always take my calls with me and drive around looking for birds. And every time I've always found birds. One time I came up on two toms duking it out right in the middle of the road. They had traffic stopped in both directions. All the other times I've seen small flocks I stop and mess with them. Hen calls always get an excited response. Too bad it doesn't work that way where it's legal to hunt them. banghead

Yea... a limited spring archery tag would be priceless. Thumbs up

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Re: No luck in CO yet

Thanks for the updates everyone - wish the news in CO was better.

I still have not seen any birds in the rampart area. Not a feather, footprint, sign - nothing. Have'nt heard any shots fired either.

Saw a bunch of Turkeys on the news the other night near Masonvile which is north by Fort Collins. Think I will scout that area of the Roosevelt National Forest for next spring.

Looks like Rampart Range Road is still closed.

Good luck closing weekend all.

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