The predawn gobble of a tom turkey is one of the rites of spring – one made all the more electric when that turkey is responding to your turkey call. Turkey hunting is growing in popularity each year, as more and more hunters find that matching wits with this large, wary bird is an exciting outdoor challenge during the spring. To help new and novice hunters learn the basics of turkey hunting , Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering Turkey Hunting 101, a seminar hosted by District Wildlife Manager Tim Woodward, on March 20.

Once nearly extirpated in Colorado, the restoration of turkey populations is one of Colorado’s signature conservation success stories. While turkeys are now common in many parts of Colorado, successfully hunting turkeys takes knowledge, skill and preparation, just like any other type of hunting.

“Turkey hunting is a game of skill and strategy,” said Woodward. “You have to match wits with a wary bird by calling it into range without being discovered.”

In his class, Woodward will discuss turkey biology, habits and habitat, along with laws, regulations, hunting tactics and equipment. Students will also receive instruction in the basics of turkey calling.

Space is limited and registration is required.

WHO:  Anyone interested in learning about the basics of turkey hunting

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Building, 6060 Broadway, Denver

COST: No cost

SIGN UP: To register please email ; leave your name, number, event you’d like to attend, and email address.

To find out more about turkey hunting, visit:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to

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