Mentored Youth Turkey Hunts Offered

Turkey hunting is an excellent place to get youngsters started. That’s why it’s always great to see Colorado Parks and Wildlife offering mentored hunts. Look for similar events in your state. ~Mia

CPW offers four young novices a mentored, private land turkey hunt near Craig



CRAIG, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging young, aspiring hunters to apply for the second of two mentored, private land turkey hunts in the Northwest Region this spring. The 3rd Annual Douglas Mountain Spring Turkey Hunt will take place May 7-8 on private land west of Craig, and is open to four, true novices that have a desire to hunt but do not know someone that can show them how.


As part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, this private land hunt – along with the opportunity near Meeker – is made possible due to a strong partnership between local landowners and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the healthy turkey populations in the area.

“We are very grateful to local landowners that see the value in donating access to their private lands and helping CPW provide young kids with a fantastic learning experience,” said District Wildlife Manager and hunt organizer Mike Swaro. “I’m happy to say that we have more landowners than ever participating in this event. Also, we took two kids last year but this year we are able to provide more opportunity because our turkey populations are doing very well.”

Swaro adds that the Douglas Mountain Spring Turkey Hunt is open to all youths under the age of 18 that possess a Hunter Education card; however, applicants that have no hunting experience and come from non-hunting families will have priority.

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“One of the most important things a young hunter needs to begin a lifelong love of the outdoors and hunting is a good mentor, and that’s what we provide through our Hunter Outreach Program,” said Swaro.  “We ask everyone to keep in mind that the goal of the program is education for beginners, not just a chance to hunt on private property.”

Applicants must mail their entry by April 8, 2016 to:

DWM Mike Swaro
815 Ashley Rd
Craig, CO 81625

The application packet should include:

  • The youth’s name, address and Hunter Education card number
  • A parent or guardian’s contact information, including an email address and phone number
  • An essay of 500 words or less, handwritten by the youth and in their own words, about why he or she should be selected
The applicant’s lack of experience, reasons that have kept them from participating in a hunt and the desire to learn are suggested topics for the required essay.


The four hunters will be selected based upon the contents of the essay and will be notified by CPW on or before April 13, 2016.

All participants selected for this hunt will be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s warehouse in Craig, Friday, May 6, from 3 – 5 p.m., accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Successful applicants must provide their own camouflage clothing, lodging and food.

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

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To learn more about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, go


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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