DEADLINE FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH MENTORED HUNTS APPROACHING, JULY 15 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds women and youth interested in learning how to hunt big or small game – including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl – that the deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 15, before 5 p.m.
The hunts are offered through CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program, designed to provide guidance and mentorship to novice women and youth hunters through various clinics, workshops, seminars and private-land hunts.
Additionally, you can visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and search for ‘Hunter Outreach.’
“This is a great way to get the guidance and instruction that a novice needs,” said Northwest Region Education Coordinator Kathleen Tadvick. “For many women and youth that want to learn and participate, these programs are invaluable.”
The Women Afield Program is designed to allow novice hunters and anglers to learn alongside other women in a comfortable environment. The program’s summertime seminars and clinics cover basic shooting, fishing and archery skills in the classroom or range with plenty of “hands-on” experience. Although not required to participate, the clinics and seminars prepare them for the opportunity to apply for mentored big game, pheasant and waterfowl hunts during the fall.
The Youth Hunting Program also provides inexperienced hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 with a variety of clinics and seminars. The mentoring and guidance provided during the clinics and hunts ensures that they have a good outdoor experience that can lead to a lifelong respect and enjoyment of the outdoors.
“Kids respond very positively to these hunts,” said Dick Severin, assistant hunter outreach coordinator in the Northwest Region. “Hunting teaches responsibility, ethics, outdoor skills, knowledge of wildlife, firearms skills and physical fitness, among many other attributes.”
Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can participate in in mentored big game hunts. Youth between 10 and 17 are also eligible for mentored upland game and waterfowl hunts.
Big game hunts are only antlerless animals of the species. CPW reminds participants that the experience is geared towards education with a harvest being viewed as a bonus. As with all hunting, not all participants will harvest an animal.
Hunt applications submitted to the Hunter Outreach Program are selected by random drawing. Successful applicants are offered a hunt by the outreach coordinator. If the successful applicant accepts the hunt, they are booked on that hunt and will be contacted by the Huntmaster in charge. If the hunt is declined, the hunt is offered to another hunter.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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