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​​​​​​​​​Fall Turkey Licenses

​The limited license application deadline is now closed. Results should be posted around July 28 on the draw ​results and p​reference points​ page. 

Turkey over-the-counter and leftover licenses​ will go on sale for residents and non-residents beginning August 5 at 9 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time).

Leftover licenses are what remain after the draw process. The number of licenses available depends upon how many licenses remain after the draws for a particular hunt code. A list of available hunt codes is slated to be published on the website July 29.

Individuals may choose to purchase in person at more than 700 licensing agents, including CPW offices, online​ or by phone (800-244-5613).

In addition to a current and valid photo ID, proof of residency and social security number, anyone buying a license must have a Hunter Education card, unless the hunter was born before Jan. 1, 1949. Online verification requires input of the hunter education information located on the card and the state in which it was issued. Bring this card with you for in-person sales. 

Sign up for a Hunter Education course now or request a replacement Colorado hunter education card, if needed.

For more information about hunting turkey in Colorado, see the interactive regulations brochure or the Aug.5 sale go to or contact your local CPW office or call 303-297-1192.  ​

Turkey Hunting in Colorado

Turkey hunting is growing in popularity throughout North America, and Colorado offers exceptional hunting opportunities for two sub-species of these remarkable birds. In this video, hunters will learn techniques and strategies for hunting both the native Merriam’s wild turkeys of the mountains and the Rio Grande wild turkeys of the Plains. Want to learn more?

See page two of the 2014 interactive regulations brochure for more turkey and hunting videos to prepare for the upcoming hunting season.

South Platte River Turkey Population Study

Investigating the population dynamics of Rio Grande turkeys along the South Platte River, Colorado​ Parks and Wildlife investigated the population ecology of the Rio Grande turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) in Northeast Colorado from 2008-2012. The South Platte River corridor is one of the most popular destinations for spring turkey hunters because of the many State Wildlife Areas that are available for public access throughout the riparian corridor.  CPW sought to obtain better information on the biological aspects of the population. Thus, the objectives of the study were to determine recruitment rates, the annual and seasonal movements, age- and sex-specific survival rates, cause-specific mortality rates, estimate the density and size of the population in Game Management Units 91, 92, and 96, and develop a winter flock survey to monitor annual changes in the turkey population. The study was concluded in February 2012, following the winter season. 

A few of the results that were revealed included:

  • turkey movements to wintering areas occurred one to two weeks earlier for birds on public lands than for those on private land;

  • juvenile females dispersed farther than all other age-sex classes;

  • spring hunting was the primary cause of mortality for males and predation, primarily from coyotes, was the highest mortality factor for female turkeys, and

  • the combination of human-related development along the Highway 6 corridor that divides GMUs 91 and 96 was a significant deterrent for turkey movements between the two units, creating two distinct turkey management areas within the study area.

These and other results from this study will direct future management actions including license allocation, season structure, and annual population monitoring. For more information, read the Rio Grande turkey technical publication.