Create lasting memories while learning to hunt with a CPW mentor
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – If you’re not a hunter, or you didn’t grow up around it, or you’ve never been exposed to the culture surrounding it, the thought of hunting can be quite intimidating. Perhaps you think buying a rifle, donning a bunch of camouflage and tracking big game in the wild for that glimmer of an opportunity to fire a true shot is something that only happens in your day dreams. But what if you and your family could be taught to hunt by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife mentor? Perhaps those dreams of being self sufficient and providing your family with the ultimate healthy organic meat could become a reality.
After a two successful program cycles, CPW is once again seeking individuals or families with little to no hunting experience for its Rookie Sportsman Program. This year-long program pairs participants with a local District Wildlife Manager who will help guide them through activities such as hunter education, firearms handling, small and big game hunting, fly fishing, basic camping and backpacking, field dressing, meat processing and other outdoor adventures.
“We hear all the time from people who say they want to get outdoors and try hunting or camping but they don’t know where to start,” said program mentor and District Wildlife Manager Logan Wilkins.
“The idea of this program is that after a year of mentoring participants will be comfortable to try some of these things on their own, or with the network of people they’ve gone through the program with, and maybe even become mentors themselves for some of their friends who are new to the outdoors.”
That was the case for 2016 program participant, Amy Kopycinski.
“Feeding your family with an animal you have harvested, processed and prepared yourself is a unique & powerful feeling. Without the RSP and their dedicated coordinators this is an experience I never would have had. I am beyond grateful to be a part of this program,” she said.
Kopycinski added that the program left her feeling confident that her new outdoor skill-set will help her no matter where she goes.
The next installment of the RSP begins in March, 2017, with a hunter’s education course. The course is just for the participants and is designed to provide more time for discussion and questions. Program participants can expect to be a part of organized events at least once a month, with a couple requiring overnight stays.
Every event is designed for beginners and altered to fit the comfort level of the participants, and equipment will be provided, though most first-year participants eventually bought their own.
Applications for the program are due February 10th, to get more information contact CPW at email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 227-5283 if you are unable to access email.
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.