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Turkey hunters need to be ready to move with the birds

Scott Willoughby
The Denver Post

The comeback of the wild turkey in Colorado has been well documented by now. The return, well, that’s another story.

Indeed, the proliferation of wild turkeys nationwide is among the most successful wildlife restoration stories in the history of North America. And here in Colorado, the birds have never been more plentiful, measured at more than 35,000.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean turkeys are easy prey. As hunters making their way into the woods for the spring season that began just before sunrise Saturday will attest, wild gobblers can seemingly vanish in an instant.

The fortunate few who drew limited licenses this spring will generally look to the Eastern Plains, where habits of the Rio Grande subspecies are easily patterned — returning to roost in the same trees most nights, feeding in the same fields by day. There’s a reason they are in the minority.

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