By Doug Purcell | Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer a free seminar on turkey hunting and a mentored turkey hunt for qualified applicants in Pagosa Springs. The seminar is free and open to anyone interested in learning how to hunt turkeys.
The seminar will cover turkey biology, hunting strategies, hunting equipment, calling, laws/regulations and safety. The seminar will be held April 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Archuleta County CSU Extension center.
The mentored hunt for selected youth and women will follow the seminar on April 23 and 24 in the Pagosa Springs area. For youth (12-17 years old) and women interested in participating in the mentored turkey hunt, please fill out an application, available at the Forest Service Office, 180 Pagosa St., or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office, 151 E 16th St., Durango.
The deadline to apply for the Pagosa Springs youth and women’s mentored hunt is Wednesday, March 31. No hunting experience is necessary, but selected hunters must possess a valid hunter safety card and a valid turkey hunting license by April 22.
For selected hunt participants, the seminar on April 12 is mandatory. Hunts will be guided and take place on private properties around the Pagosa Springs area over the weekend of April 23-24. Selected youth hunters must have a parent/guardian accompany them. You will be notified by April 5 if you have been selected to participate in the mentored hunt following the seminar.
For additional information, please contact District Wildlife Manager Doug Purcell at (970) 799-0843.