Bowhunter Safety Course offered in Grand Junction – Colorado

Bowhunter Safety Course offered in Grand Junction, hunters can increase their chance of success.

FRUITA, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting both novice and experienced bowhunters interested in learning new skills and increasing their chance of success to a Bowhunter Safety Course at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita, May 14-15.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up for the class and get additional details, visit, click on ‘Colorado” then scroll down to ‘Bowhunter Education’ and click ‘View Upcoming Events,’ then scroll down to the class at Horsethief Canyon SWA. Or, call 970-255-6100.
“The Bowhunter Safety Course is not required in Colorado right now but it is strongly recommended,” said instructor Levi Atwater, CPW’s District Wildlife Manager in Rifle. “If you want to hunt anywhere the course is required, or if you just want to be a better bowhunter, now is your chance. Keep in mind that we offer it here only once a year.”

Novice archers may use their own equipment or use equipment provided by CPW. Advanced archers are encouraged to bring their own gear.

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Course topics include the bowhunter’s responsibilities, equipment, range estimation, hunt planning, tree stands, survival skills, basic first aid and many other useful archery skills.

The class takes place outdoors. Participants should bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen a sack lunch and appropriate clothing.

What: Bowhunter Safety Course

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 – 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Where: Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area

Registration:  or call CPW at 970-255-6100

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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.


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