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The National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Pike’s Peak Chapter exists to assist people from across the country, not just in the local Colorado Springs area, to learn about turkey hunting opportunities here in the Centennial State.  Colorado enjoys populations of both Merriam and Rio Grande turkey and we are eager to share our knowledge and experience with others about the turkey hunting prospects in our area.

 The chapter has been around since 1984 and is comprised of civilians, ex-military members (I guess they’re now civilians, too) and young people located in Colorado Springs area.  Our committee is fairly small (about 10 folks) and our membership is growing—now up to about 60 people. 

 Specifically, the chapter’s mission is two-fold:  1)  Support and grow Colorado’s Merriam & Rio Grande turkey populations through habitat enhancement programs and similar projects coordinated with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, and 2)  Promote a hunting and conservation mindset among the local hunting populace.  The chapter’s mission directly supports the national mission of the NWTF:  “Dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.”

 The Colorado Springs community is surrounded by five military installations:  Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, the United States Air Force Academy and Cheyenne Mountain AFS.  Consequently, as part of a transient military community, the chapter seeks to assist incoming military and civilian turkey hunters and conservation-minded people moving into El Paso County learn about the turkey hunting opportunities and habitat enhancement efforts in Colorado.   Moreover, the chapter also supports long-time current community members with who may be new to turkey hunting and conservation efforts.

So, if you’re new to “the Springs” or if even you’re a long-time resident of the area and are just now becoming interested in turkey hunting in Colorado, we can help you with Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife licensing requirements, hunting opportunities on a couple of our of our military installations, as well as across the state and get you involved with the National Wild Turkey Federation family.  If we can’t, we’ll find you the right people to point you in the right direction.

If you’re interested in joining the NWTF’s Pike’s Peak Chapter as a committee member or simply as part of the general membership, please contact Willie Kalaskie at 719-661-6998 or by e-mail at wkhunter56@gmail.com.


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