Craig Sports Briefs for April 4, 2014: Youth Turkey hunt in Craig through CPW

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife will take two youth hunters on a spring turkey hunt in May.

The hunt will be mentored by CPW and focus on teaching more inexperienced hunters about respect for wildlife, the outdoors and the hunting tradition in Colorado. Anyone younger than 18 with a hunter safety card is invited to apply.

Those interested must send a letter with their name, address, Hunter Education card number and a phone number to reach their parent or guardian. They also must submit an essay in the letter indicating why they think they should be picked for the hunt.

A press release from CPW said all hunters are encouraged to apply, but those who are less experienced will be prioritized in the selection process.

Applicants should send their letter by April 15 to Craig District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro, 815 Ashley Road, Craig, CO 81625. For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.

Fly-fishing courses coming up soon

A popular leisure activity on the Yampa and White rivers, fly-fishing lessons will be offered by Craig Parks and Recreation.

The lessons are for anyone 12 and older and will teach the basics of tying knots, casting, presentation and equipment. Parks and Rec Director Dave Pike will give expert instruction June 3 and 4.

For $15, those participating will get the instruction and booklet on fly-fishing. Space for the course is limited and registration now is open with a May 21 deadline. For more information, call 970-826-2004.

Parks and Rec seeking baseball, softball umpires

Craig Parks and Recreation is hiring umpires for the upcoming youth baseball and youth softball leagues.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old and possess a working knowledge of the game to start. Certification classes will be offered before the start of the season.

Youth baseball has three leagues for children eight to 15 years old and there are coach pitch and player pitch girls softball leagues. Softball leagues will begin May 5 and baseball starts May 19.

For more information, call Parks and Rec at 970-826-2006 (baseball) or 970-826-2004 (softball).

Craig BCA planning new leagues for next season

The pool league in Craig is in the middle of a two-week break but has come out with a big announcement for the 2014-15 season.

After the current 8-ball season concludes at the Popular Bar with the playoffs in May, BCA will start the first of two planned 9-ball sessions for the following year. Along with the usual 8-ball season, that will allow three different teams the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas for the national championships.

The first session of 9-ball will be played at 5 p.m. Sundays beginning June 1 and going into December. The second session will run from January to April 2015, with the winners of each league advancing to nationals.

In order to be sanctioned, each league must have at least six teams. Teams can be made up of three to six players a piece.

The next season of 8-ball will begin in September and run through April 2015, with the playoffs in May once again.

Registration for all the upcoming seasons is available at the Popular Bar or on the Craig BCA website.

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