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    Default 2019 Spring Turkey

    I'm going to try some turkey hunting this year. The plan is to do an OTC tag and go scout Unit 33 for OTC bull in the fall. Anyone ever spent time in GMU 33 and seen a turkey there?

    Spring Turkey hunting is brand new to me, but I'm interested. Before I posted, I searched for and read all of the past spring turkey threads and there hasn't been one for a few years.
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    Turkey numbers are growing statewide, and I've seen them numerous times in GMU 33, mostly in the Gambel oak and juniper area along FR 245, the Newcastle-Buford Road. I regularly see herds of them in GMU 23, when driving along the White River from Meeker to Buford, again in the oaks and grassy pastures. During elk season I've been seeing them more and more into the spruce-fir and aspen forest adjacent to the oak and juniper habitat. I think you have a fair chance in 33 if you can call them in to a blind.
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    Thanks. I know that turkey populations have greatly grown since the time of European contact (Turkeys found in 39 states) and now turkeys can be hunted in 49 states. I've heard that recently there has been a not insignificant decline in turkey populations, supposedly due to disappearing habitat, but I don't know how that is manifesting in local areas.

    All that to say that I also see turkeys when I elk hunt each year and it seems like they are present in the same areas that deer and elk live. I just have very limited experience on the western slope so I appreciate your, and any other input. Thanks again.
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    There's definitely getting to be alot of them around

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    I have similar pictures of them standing on cars in people's driveways. I didn't spend much time in nature as a kid and didn't see a live turkey until I was in my 30's. So it tickles me pink to see them just roaming around suburbia.
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