Colorado Parks and Wildlife offering guided youth turkey hunts near Meeker

— Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting guided youth turkey hunts April 26 to 28 on private land near Meeker, according to a news release.

The opportunity, offered through Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, is available to three hunters as old as 18.

Youths interested in participating in the hunt can apply by sending a letter of interest that includes contact information for a parent or guardian, the hunter’s name, address and phone number, hunter education card number, and a 500 word essay that explains the importance hunting has on wildlife.

Letters should be sent to District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin at P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641.

Although all youth hunters are encouraged to apply, first-time hunters will be given preference over hunters with previous experience, the release states.

Successful applicants and a parent, guardian or mentor will be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation from 3 to 5 p.m. April 26 at Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office.

Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Hunters will be expected to provide their own camouflage, lodging and food.

“Each youth hunter and their parents or guardian will be personally guided by one of our officers,” said Franklin in the release. “This makes this private land turkey hunt especially memorable and safe for everyone involved.”

Letters and essays must be postmarked by April 15, the release states. The three youths chosen to participate will be notified by April 20.

For more information about the Hunter Outreach Program or turkey hunting, go to www.wildlife.state.co.us.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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