Turkey Hunting Seminar

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Colorado’s 2004 Spring Turkey Season is approaching and the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is putting on a turkey-hunting seminar to help hunters learn more about turkeys.

The seminar is April 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DOW office at 4255 Sinton Road in Colorado Springs. The seminar will provide hunters with an overview of turkey hunting in Colorado. DOW biologists will discuss turkey habitat, locating birds, current laws and regulations as well as hunting tips and techniques for the novice hunter.

“This class is geared for the novice and first time turkey hunter,” said Steve Lucero, an education specialist with the DOW. “It’s a great opportunity for an introduction to turkey hunting in Colorado.”

The instructors are Lucero, District Wildlife Manager Reid DeWalt and retired DOW biologist Mark Elkins.

The price of a turkey-hunting license is $10.25 for Colorado residents and $75.25 for non-residents.

Colorado is home to two subspecies of wild turkey: the native Merriam’s and the Rio Grande, which was introduced to the state in 1980. Merriam’s are primarily found in open meadows and in ponderosa, oak brush and pinion juniper stands in mountainous zones west of Interstate 25. The Rio Grande species inhabit cottonwood and creek bottoms adjacent to agricultural lands in the eastern portion of the state. There are an estimated 21,000 Merriam’s and 3,000 Rio Grande wild turkeys statewide.

The seminar is free, but the class is limited to the first 40 people who sign up and reservations are required.