Turkey Hunting in Colorado



30,000 to 35,000

Wild Turkey Population

Merriam's and Rio Grandes

Turkey Subspecies


Number of Licenses Sold Annually

Varies (see regulations)

Cost of Resident License and Permit

Varies (see regulations)

Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Merriam’s are Colorado’s prime species and are located west of Interstate 25, and along the southern portions of the Front Range.

Rios are also present but limited to the river bottom habitat of the Platte and Arkansas rivers, as well as other tributaries in the eastern portion of the state.

Most of the western portion of the state is National Forest, BLM and state lands. As a result, finding a place to hunt with good populations is typically not a problem.

Without question, the best locations for hunters to bag a Colorado Merriam's are the Southwest and Western regions, and along the Southern Front Range.

Top-producing counties include Archuleta, Delta, Garfield, Mesa and Yuma. Not only do the Southwest and Western regions boast the greatest density of Merriam's turkeys, but it's also where public-land hunters find the highest success.

The Merriam's population lives in some rugged country. Their nomadic traits can really spread them out and test your physical endurance. So there's that if you want a challenge.

Recent harvest data indicates that about 5,400 birds taken during the 2022 season.

Turkey Hunting in Colorado © John Hafner photo

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