Welcome to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Turkey School. In 2010, CPW began an online education program called Elk Hunting University
. Our efforts in EHU are to provide the “student” with lessons and articles which provide information about hunting elk in Colorado to assist the novice and even the experienced hunter in developing skills and a game plan for hunting elk. The public seems to have embraced and enjoyed our efforts in EHU and we have decided to try the same format and technique in a new venture we have named, "Colorado Parks and Wildlife Turkey School."
The lessons we will provide over the next few months are written at the novice hunter level to give the reader some basic tools to begin to develop a set of skills to hunt spring turkeys. Our effort will be to gather information from seasoned hunters, other authors and a variety of research studies to provide a set of tools for the hunter. The reader should look to other resources to learn as much as they can about this sport. Look at articles posted on the Internet, talk to other hunters and read books. One other way to help yourself become a better turkey hunter is to attend a free Turkey Hunting 101 class offered by CPW in March and April. Please visit our web site for dates and locations. The enjoyment of the spring hunt is not necessarily the harvest but the journey to get there.
Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided an addendum to an earlier report, Trends in Fishing and Hunting 1991 -2006 citing some interesting statistics which pertain to spring turkey hunting. The report highlighted several facts:
The number of turkey hunters has increased at more than twice the rate of the growth of the U.S. population since 1991.
- Turkey hunters in 2006 went out twice as many days as they did in 1991. I wrote a short article about this subject last year and added some personal insights into why this change might have occurred. Take a moment to read the "Gains Popularity" article and ask yourself some of those same questions.
I look forward to sharing some time with our “students” over the next several months as we talk about some of the unique lessons about hunting those spring gobblers. Our intent is not to tell you a hunting story, rather tell you how to begin a new chapter in your hunting endeavors by learning about chasing a spring long beard.
Turkey School will be divided into chapters. Each chapter has individual lessons. Let's begin with Chapter 1!
Questions regarding Turkey School should be directed to Jim Bulger.