I am always hopeful that you’re mentoring others in the way of outdoor activities, regardless of what prizes you might win. If you’re already mentoring new hunters you may as well take it a step further and share this year’s story with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Annual Take a Friend Hunting Contest encourages hunters to share their love of hunting
DENVER – For the third consecutive year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging hunters to take a friend hunting. As a reward for hunters sharing their expertise and love of hunting, CPW has created a contest for mentors who take the time to pass on their knowledge, with prizes for the mentor as well as the mentee.
“I often run into people wanting to hunt but they just don’t know how to start. Most of them just need a mentor to help out,” said CPW Hunter Outreach Coordinator Bryan Posthumus. “It is so easy to ask your friends, co-workers, or family if they want to hunt and help them get started. Quite a few started out small game hunting. Many of the hunters last year are planning on hunting with their new hunting buddy this year.”
How it works
Mentors can take a beginner hunter out or mentees can encourage an experienced hunter to teach them how to hunt and enter to win some great prizes by submitting a photograph and brief story of their time out in the field. Submissions will be judged by their ability to inspire and are due by Feb. 8, 2022. Mentor and mentee must be at least 18 years of age.
To be eligible to enter:
Mentors must be at least 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and must hold a valid 2021 Colorado hunting license (the “hunting license”).
Mentors must have held a Colorado hunting license in at least 3 of the last 5 years (2016-2020).
Mentees must also be 18 or older at the time of entry and hold a valid 2021 Colorado hunting license.
Mentees must also either have:
never had a hunting license until 2021,
only had a hunting license in 2020 (e.g., a second-year hunter) or
not had a hunting license in the past five consecutive years (i.e., since 2016).
Both individuals must follow rules and regulations in the 2021 Colorado Hunting Regulations; this includes possession of all appropriate licenses. Employees of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible.
Contest participants must follow all applicable Colorado hunting regulations.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest to winners of the photo/narrative competition. All prizes are non-transferable. No substitution may be made except as provided. The winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Please check the website for more details and an updated list of prizes!
To learn more, see the official rules and find out more about how to Take a Friend Hunting in 2021.
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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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and a 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 outdoors, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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