If you live in the area, this is a great opportunity. Hurry up and get your application in!


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CRAIG, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering two more young hunters a chance to earn a mentored, high-quality spring turkey hunt on private land, near Craig. Scheduled to take place the weekend of May 2-3, 2015, the hunt is made possible with the help and support of local landowners working in partnership with CPW wildlife managers.

As part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, the hunt is a continuing effort to instill respect for wildlife, the outdoors, and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth.

“This is the second year that we have offered this opportunity in this area,” said District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro of Craig. “Last years hunt was fantastic. The kids had a great time and we expect that there will be high demand for the chance to participate this year.”


All novice youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those that have no prior hunting experience or have special family circumstances or health conditions that limit their ability to hunt will be given priority over experienced youths that come from hunting families.

Boys and girls under the age of 18 that posses a Hunter Education card are eligible to apply and must send a letter of interest postmarked by April 4, 2015 to:

DWM Mike Swaro
815 Ashley Road
Craig, CO 81625

The letter must include the youth’s name, address and hunter education card number. It must also include a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian.  In addition, each letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about why the applicant should be selected over other youth applicants.

“Kids can write about their lack of hunting experience and desire to learn, or about any obstacles that have prevented the ability to hunt in past,” said Swaro. “We want to hear about why the youth wants to learn to hunt, why hunting is important in Colorado and how they plan to use this experience in the future.”

Swaro stresses that the essay must be written in the applicants own words.

The two participants will be selected based upon the essays and will be notified by CPW on or before April 8, 2015.

Anyone selected for this hunt will be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s warehouse in Craig, Friday, May 1, from 3 – 5 p.m., accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Selected hunters must provide their own camouflage clothing.

For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.

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