Novice & Youth Turkey Hunters
In addition to an opportunity for six young hunters on private land near Meeker, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering an additional five young novices a chance to earn a mentored, high-quality spring turkey hunt on private land, this one near Craig. Scheduled to take place the weekend of May 5-7, the hunt is made possible with the help and support of local landowners working in partnership with CPW wildlife managers.
As part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, the hunts are a continuing effort to instill respect for wildlife, the outdoors, and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth.
“There are so many great kids that just want a chance to get outside and learn a new skill they can carry with them the rest of their lives,” said Mike Swaro, assistant area wildlife manager. “Of all the good things this agency does, teaching our future generations to appreciate wildlife, and learn the skills and the responsibilities that comes with hunting, is up at the top of our priorities.”
This year, Swaro says the young hunters will have an opportunity to fish for trout during the outing.
All novice youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those that have no prior hunting experience or have special family circumstances or health conditions that limit their ability to hunt will be given priority over experienced youths that come from hunting families.
Youth under the age of 18 that posses a Hunter Education card are eligible to apply and must send a letter of interest postmarked by April 1, to:
Assistant AWM Mike Swaro 2929 Pinon Circle Craig, CO 81625
Each application letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about why the applicant should be selected. In addition, the letter must include the youth’s name, address and Hunter Education card number. It must also include a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian.
“Kids can write about their lack of hunting experience and desire to learn, or about any obstacles that have prevented the ability to hunt in past,” said Swaro. “We want to hear about why the youth wants to learn to hunt, why hunting is important in Colorado and how they plan to use this experience in the future.”
Swaro stresses that the essay must be written in the applicant’s own words.
CPW will select the five participants based upon the essays. Successful applicants will be notified on or before April 8.
Anyone selected for this hunt will be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s warehouse in Craig, Friday, May 5, from 3 – 5 p.m., accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Selected hunters must provide their own camouflage clothing.
For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.
Visit the CPW website to learn more about the Hunter Outreach Program.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – As turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say the need for instruction and education is critical to ensure a safe and successful experience. To help novices with the challenges of bagging their first gobbler, CPW will host a one-evening only ‘Turkey Hunting 101’ clinic, Tuesday, March 28, 6 p.m., at CPW’s Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.
Novices can learn tips and techniques from three experienced CPW Hunter Outreach Volunteers; Russ Means, Dan Uhrich, and Jason Eckman.
There is no fee for the class and pre-registration is required. Click on register-ed.com/events/view/99491, or go to register-ed.com and select ‘Colorado’, then select ‘View Upcoming Events” under the ‘Colorado Outreach’ link, then scroll down to ‘Turkey Hunting 101’ in Grand Junction.
Colorado wildlife managers say turkey populations are increasing across the state and license sales continue to rise from year to year, providing everyone with the opportunity to experience hunting gobblers.
The evening’s topics will include turkey calling basics, field tactics, information about local turkey populations, tips for hunting on public land and firearm safety. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions with veteran turkey hunters.
Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Russ Means, Dan Uhrich, and Jason Eckman
What: Turkey Hunting 101
When: Tuesday, March 28, 6 p.m.
Where: CPW’s Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue, Grand Junction
For more information about turkey hunting in Colorado, please visit the CPW website, or to purchase or apply for a hunting or fishing licenses, please visit the hunting page at CPW’s website.