Parks and Wildlife offering turkey hunts in locations including Craig
Colorado Parks & Wildlife is offering young hunters a chance to win a mentored spring turkey hunt. Three hunters will be selected for a hunt April 11 and 12 near Meeker, and two will be picked for a hunt May 3 and 4 near Craig.
The hunt is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, as well as local landowners working with state wildlife managers.
“A mentored hunt is one of the best ways to pass along the love of the outdoors and hunting to our youth,” said Mike Swaro, hunt organizer and district wildlife manager in Craig in a CPW press release. “We have had the opportunity to meet some fantastic kids that have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the various aspects of hunting turkeys. The experience is really a highlight of my career.”
Likewise, Bailey Franklin, DWM for Meeker, hopes parents will encourage their kids to apply.
“I urge parents to keep in mind that this is a great way to introduce a young person to ethical hunting and the proper and safe way to handle a firearm,” Franklin said in a CPW release.
Applicants 18 and younger with a valid hunter safety card must send a letter of interest postmarked by March 31 to the following for the Meeker hunt:
DWM Bailey Franklin
PO Box 1181
Meeker, CO 81641
Applicants must send their letter by April 15 to the following address for the Craig hunt:
DWM Mike Swaro
815 Ashley Road
Craig, CO 81625
The letter should indicate an interest in the hunt and 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, as well as an essay of 500 words or less about hunting and why the applicant should be selected. Suggested topics include the interest in hunting, limited experience and desire to learn. All young hunters are encouraged to apply, though priority will be given to those less experienced in the sport.
The two winning participants will be notified by April 3 for Meeker and April 22 for Craig. They must also be able to attend a pre-hunt orientation from 3 to 5 p.m. April 10 at CPW’s Meeker office, or for Craig, from 4 to 6 p.m. May 2 at CPW’s warehouse in Craig, accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.
CPW will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Selected hunters must provide their own camouflage clothing, lodging and food.
A similar event will be offered for adult female hunters through CPW’s Women Afield program, Encana and the Western Slope chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Five applicants 18 and older with valid hunter education cards will hunt April 18 and 19 on private land near Parachute.
Applications are available at http://www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/OutreachWomen.aspx, and are due by 5 p.m. March 20.
“This is perfect for women who want to learn in a comfortable environment,” said CPW Education Coordinator Kathleen Tadvick in a press release. “No pressure, a fun time and learning something that you can do the rest of your life is what this is all about, so we encourage you to apply today.”
For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090 or Tadvick in Grand Junction at 970-255-6181 or visit http://www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HunterOutreach.aspx.
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