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Colorado Merriam’s Turkey - Hunt #78-T



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This hunt is a good choice for hunters looking for a low cost alternative to public land hunting. Located near my town of residence - Canon City, CO.

The ranch has year round water and excellent roost sites in the cottonwoods and Ponderosa pines. The ranch is in the transition zone between high desert and the foothills of the Wet Mountains. Elevation is approximately 6000 feet and the terrain is relatively flat.

This hunt is better suited for hunters that are patient and like to sit and call from areas turkeys like to use -  the birds are predictable here. The outfitter has blinds set up at hot spots for those that choose to use them. This hunt is not suited for hunters that like to cover a lot of ground run-n-gunning.

If you tag out early and like to trout fish, the Arkansas River is close by. The river has excellent trout fishing for rainbows and browns. In fact, the Arkansas was recently designated as a Gold Medal River. In 2012, the Ark, as locals call it, had an average of 170 pounds of trout per acre and 75 trout larger than 14 inches per acre. A 5 day non-resident fishing license is only $21. The outfitter also guides fishing trips at several reservoirs.

Non-resident spring turkey licenses are $152 and are available over the counter. Licenses can be obtained online or at a Colorado Parks & Wildlife Office. A $10 habitat stamp is also required. There is a one bird limit.

Season dates: Mid-April - end of May

3 Day Unguided Hunt - $900 with lodging at the ranch. Meals are not included. The lodge has a full kitchen and is located right amongst the turkeys.

3 Day Guided Hunt - $1050 with lodging at the ranch. Meals are not included. The lodge has a full kitchen and is located right amongst the turkeys.