Is it legal to shoot a turkey off the roost in Colorado?

Shooting a tom off the roost, while not illegal in Colorado (it is in other states) is not an ethical part of this game. Let the birds fly down and then call the bird to you. That is the true fun of the spring game.

Can you shoot a roosting turkey?

(Be sure to check current ammo regulations.) True enough, you can legally shoot a turkey off the roost in some states, while in others you’ll lose your license privileges for it. … You can use a turkey dog to find and scatter fall flocks in many states before trying to call them back to your setup.

Colorado’s native Merriam’s turkeys can be found on the Front Range and Western Slope in Colorado. Rio Grande turkeys can be found in the eastern parts of the state. Send us your hunter testimonial photos and stories for a chance to be featured on a brochure cover or CPW’s online blog!

Can you hunt turkey in Colorado?

​​Turkey Hunting in Colorado



Turkey hunting is growing in popularity throughout North America, and Colorado offers exceptional hunting opportunities for two sub-species of these remarkable birds.

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Do turkeys roost in the same tree every night?

No they don’t always roost in the same tree/trees. Especially easterns they tend to move around.

What kind of trees do turkeys roost in?

Turkeys also prefer pine trees to any other types of trees. They offer cover year round and often a clean forest floor to take off and land on. A single pine tree will do the trick if it is big enough, but clusters of them are best.

What license do you need for turkey?

Where safe and legal, hunt wild turkeys on your property, or allow others to hunt them. A hunting license and upland game bird stamp are required. Legal methods of take include shotgun, archery equipment, or air rifle. Seasons and other hunting regulations are available from CDFW offices and online.

How much is a turkey license in Colorado?

​​Payment Deadlines​

License​ ​License Fees
Spring Resident Limited & Over-the-counter $30.87
Fall Resident Limited & Over-the-counter Fall or Late Season $25.67
Resident Limited Youth & Over-the-counter Youth $16.31
Spring or Fall Nonresident Limited & Over-the-counter or Late Season $157.77

Can you hunt turkey with a crossbow in Colorado?

Crossbow Regulations in Colorado



Crossbows may be used to hunt big game in Colorado during the general firearms season. They may also be used to hunt small game and fowl.

Do turkeys always gobble on the roost?

Turkeys might gobble like crazy on the roost. But for an hour or two after daybreak the woods may fall as quiet as a mausoleum. That’s because the hens and toms are courting and breeding. Toms strut and drum but gobble little if at all as they have their fun.

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What time should you be in the woods for turkey hunting?

Time of Day: Since Turkeys make their nest in trees and on the ground in wooded areas, one of the best times of day to hunt is first thing in the morning. Get out to your blind early and listen for the yelps, cackles, and gobbles of turkeys as they start in search for breakfast.

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