Parks and Wildlife offering how-to turkey-hunting clinic
Turkey hunting continues to be one of Colorado’s fastest-growing outdoor activities, thanks in great part to the abundance of turkeys and hunting opportunities on public land.
But, while wild turkeys may be seen and heard in canyons and draws from the state line to Glenwood Springs, being a successful hunter entails knowing a few more tricks than the wily bird with the droopy snood.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife feels your pain and is offering a free, how-to turkey-hunting clinic Wednesday in Grand Junction.
Turkey Hunting 101, sponsored by Parks and Wildlife and the Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is scheduled for 6–9:30 p.m. in the Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave.
Space is limited. Call 255-6100 for information and to register.
“Turkey Hunting 101 is very popular because it has great information for novice hunters,” said Kathleen Tadvick, education coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Expert hunters will teach the basics in a comfortable setting and without too much technical jargon.”
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, participation in turkey hunting since 1991 has increased at a rate twice the country’s population growth, and many of the new hunters are women.
The National Wild Turkey Federation says that conservation group has 2,272 local chapters nationwide, with an estimated total membership of around 3 million hunters coming from all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other countries.
To date, the NWTF has spent more than $10.5 million to obtain more than 452,000 acres nationwide for turkey hunting,
Colorado wildlife managers say they see a growth in limited turkey licenses’ sales each year, and widespread turkey population offers opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to hunt turkeys.
The clinic will cover such topics as turkey-calling basics, field tactics, information about local turkey populations, tips for hunting on public land and firearm safety.
Also, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions with veteran turkey hunters.
“Hunting remains one of the safest outdoor activities, thanks to the mandatory hunter-education classes,” said Frank McGee, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Turkey hunting has some special safety considerations, and those will be covered during the clinic in addition to a variety of great tips and information.”
The NWTF formed the National Turkey Hunting Safety Task Force in 1992 in response to a rise in spring turkey-hunting accidents. Since that time, hunting accidents have decreased by 75 percent, even while the number of hunters has increased by 60 percent.