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Spring Turkey License Refunds, Temporary Authorization Numbers & Carcass Tags


  • CPW is waiving the 14-day minimum requirement for hunters to turn in their spring turkey license for a refund request as well as the $15 processing fee
  • We will also issue customers both a full refund and restoration of their turkey preference points used to draw a returned license upon request.
  • Licenses will still need to be postmarked and/or returned before the start of the season to be eligible for refund.

Temporary  Authorization Numbers & Carcass Tags

As of Monday March 23, our Licensing vendor is experiencing significant delays in fulfillment of CPW products due to “shelter in place” orders related to COVID-19. This means they are currently backlogged in printing and mailing licenses, passes or other CPW products. 

  • In response to these delays, we will be allowing customers to use a TAN (Temporary Authorization Number) for proof of privilege for most of our products at this time. This includes over-the-counter spring turkey licenses (for the 2020 spring season only). We have also temporarily extended the timeframe for which a TAN is valid from 14 days to 45 days
  • As carcass tags may not be present for over-the-counter spring turkey licenses purchased after March 23, (as these customer licenses may be covered by a TAN), a printed copy of the receipt/confirmation email will be used as the carcass tag in these situations. Customers must print the receipt, carry it with them while hunting and attach it to the carcass after harvest and during transport. After harvesting, the hunter must write the sex and date of harvest, as well as sign the receipt, similar to the voiding carcass tag procedures.  

For the most up to date information on how CPW is responding to COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Response page.


Livin' the Wildlife' Colorado Wild Turkeys Video

The wild turkey is beloved among hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The wild turkey's springtime mating displays are one of the most exciting and stunning events in nature. Yet, these iconic birds only exist today because of dedicated conservation programs. This video provides an overview of the wild turkey's mating behavior and Colorado Parks and Wildlife's long-standing efforts to conserve this amazing species. The video features both Rio Grande turkeys, which were introduced to Colorado in the 1980s, and the native Merriam's turkeys.


Leftover & Reissued Spring Turkey Licenses

Returned limited spring turkey licenses will not be reissued off the leftover license list this year due to significant shipment delays from our processing center related to COVID-19. Manual issues will still occur.  

Spring Over-the-Counter Turkey Licenses 

Spring Over-the-Counter (OTC) turkey licenses are unlimited in number and available over the counter. For more information, please view the Spring OTC turkey map. OTC licenses are available online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and authorized sales agents.
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Spring Season and 2020 Changes

Spring season opens April 11 and runs through approximately May 31. 

Major 2020 changes: valid dates for annual licenses and habitat stamps have changed, (reminder) spring turkey licenses are qualifying licenses for the big game draw, hunting reservations may now be made online or by phone, spring turkey season has been extended, and more.

Read the Turkey Regulations brochure "What's New: 2020" section, and see the season dates and other important turkey hunting information.

2020 Colorado Turkey Hunting

Experience the thrill of a Colorado turkey hunt. Draw and Over-the-Counter licenses are available for the 2020 spring season.

​​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 safety tips, techniques and strategies for hunting both the native Merriam’s wild turkeys of the mountains and the Rio Grande wild turkeys of the Plains. 

Turkey Hunting 101 Clinics

If you are a novice turkey hunter and are interested in learning more, a free Turkey Hunting 101 clinic can give you a place to start. Hunting tips, how to obtain a license, calling techniques and gear used by the Colorado turkey hunter are covered. Learn about Rios and Merriam's; how to roost a bird and learn to strut your stuff. 

To find dates, locations and registration information, see outreach clinics.

Double Team Tactics

TEAM UP to take a turkey by effectively stationing yourself, a hunting partner and a decoy.