Colorado Waives 14-Day Minimum Requirement on Refunds for Spring Turkey Licenses


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Hunters who planned to hunt spring turkeys in Colorado but are unable to travel due to COVID-19 related issues have until the April 11 opener to receive a refund for their turkey licenses. Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) is waiving the usual requirement that licenses be returned for refund at least 14 days prior to the start of the season.

Additionally, CPW will refund the $15 processing fee and restore any turkey preference points used to draw the returned license upon request. Licenses must be postmarked and/or returned before the start of the season to be eligible for refund. Spring turkey season runs from April 11 to May 31, except for some spring Ranching for Wildlife hunts.

As for those who intend to go through with their hunts be aware that because of a backlog in printing and mailing licenses, passes and other CPW products, the division is allowing hunters to use a TAN (Temporary Authorization Number) for proof of privilege. They have also extended the validity of a TAN from 14 days to 45 days.

Also, where carcass tags are not available for spring turkey licenses purchased after March 23, hunters may substitute them with a receipt/confirmation email. Hunters should print their receipt, carry it with them while hunting and attach it to the carcass before transporting their bird. The hunter must write the sex and date of harvest on the receipt and sign it as they would a carcass tag. For more information, see the CPW website’s COVID-19 response page at: (https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/COVID-19-Response.aspx?utm_source=CPW-Web&utm_medium=Slider1&utm_campaign=2020_COVID-19_Coronavirus_Info).


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