Late turkey season offers new opportunity for youth hunters

Youth hunters who did not fill their fall turkey tags will have a second chance at bagging a holiday bird at the end of November.

A special late fall season for all Colorado hunters under age 18 is set for Nov. 22-30. Any youngsters who did not get a turkey during the regular fall season can hunt in southwest Colorado. Each hunter must be accompanied by a mentor who is 18 or older. The mentor cannot hunt and must have a Colorado Hunter Safety Card.

The special season opens a new opportunity for youth in Colorado’s southwest corner, said Tom Spezze, southwest regional manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

“Unlike other areas of the state, in the southwest we don’t have upland game birds,” Spezze said. “Turkey hunting gives youth a great opportunity to learn about hunting, and this special season will encourage families to get out together to hunt.”

Turkey hunting is somewhat easier in the fall than the spring. Hunters can take birds of either sex in the fall, and turkeys travel in flocks and can be tracked on the ground. Turkeys are abundant in southwest Colorado and large expanses of public land allow hunters to enjoy a high-quality experience during this season.

The season also follows the last big game season.

“This is a great time of year to hunt; people will have the woods to themselves,” Spezze said. “And you never know, your son or daughter could provide your family with a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas.”

The season is open to youth who purchased a regular fall turkey license anywhere in the state. Separate licenses will not be sold for this season.

The season will be open in these game management units: 52, 54, 55, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 82, 83, 411, 521, 551, 681, 682, 711, 741, 751 and 771. Please, refer to one of the Colorado hunting brochures or the DOW Web site (http://wildlife.state.co.us) for the exact locations of these units.