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Young hunters learn how to hunt from CPW experts

DENVER – If you are between the ages of 12-17 and have always wanted to hunt big or small game but don’t have anyone at home to show you how, here’s your chance to participate in world-class outdoor recreation and be a part of critical wildlife management efforts into the future.

Offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, novice hunters across the state get a chance to learn how tohunt responsibly and properly with the skills taught by CPW experts.

To receive the application, send an email to nwhunteroutreach@gmail.com, then submit it before the Aug. 16 deadline.

“What we’ve learned is that many young people want to learn how to hunt but don’t have someone at home to show them how,” said Hunter Outreach Coordinator Kathleen Mawhinney of CPW’s Northwest Region. “That is why the Hunter Outreach Program is so valuable. Once they experience first-hand mentorship from CPW experts, these kids will be able to hunt safely and responsibly in the future.”

CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program offers youths more opportunities than ever before to head into the field to harvest a big or small game animal using skills learned first-hand from experts.

“Over the years, thousands of young hunters have learned the skills and techniques needed to hunt a variety of big and small game, including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl,” said Mawhinney. “The future of Colorado’s wildlife management efforts depends greatly on our younger generations, and the successful Hunter Outreach Program remains a big part of that.”

Mawhinney says even with expert mentorship, not every hunter will fill their tag. She says enjoying the outdoors with friends and family makes hunting in Colorado one of the most rewarding activities.

“Hunting gets people outside, it teaches responsibility, it teaches about effective wildlife management, and if they are lucky, putting fresh, organic meat on the table is a bonus. This is a fantastic opportunity for our future hunters,” she said.