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Late turkey season for young hunters

The Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds young hunters to take advantage of the special late turkey season in southwest Colorado. This year’s hunt is Nov. 20-28.

This special fall season is open to all Colorado hunters under age 18. A license for this season can be purchased at any license agent or DOW office. Any youngsters who did not get a turkey during the regular fall season anywhere in the state can also use their original tag to go hunting again. Each hunter must be accompanied by a mentor who is 18 or older. The mentor cannot hunt and must have a Colorado Hunter Education Card.

The special season is open only 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.

The special season provides another chance for youth hunters to get into the field, said Tom Spezze, southwest regional manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Fall turkey hunting is a different experience for hunters than the spring season. Hunters can take a bird of either sex, 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 overlaps with the last weekend of the big game rifle seasons. So the DOW strongly advises turkey hunters and their mentors to be visible to big game hunters by wearing at least a brightly colored head covering until big game season ends on Nov. 21.

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

To learn more about turkey hunting, go to the DOW’s website: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Turkey/.