Mule Deer 101 one of many summer seminars

A series of family and women-only seminars on various hunting and fishing skills are being offered during July and August by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

No matter what Alice Cooper might have suggested, school’s not out for the summer.

The ├╝ber-scary heavy metal rocker might never be a deer hunter but even he would learn a thing or two during the Division of Parks and Wildlife’s seminar Mule Deer 101.

The division is teaming with the Colorado Mule Deer Association to offer a daylong, family-oriented seminar on the finer points of mule deer-hunting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 23 at the DPW office, 711 Independent Ave.

It’s not simply lessons from some of the best in the business in how to ID muleys or improving your shooting ability but also there’s going to be a barbecue, door prizes and a raffle.

Plus, there will be hunting classes designed specifically for men, women and youths.

“This is a great opportunity for families,” said Kathleen Tadvick, education coordinator for the DPW. “It’s not often that an entire family or group can attend one hunting and shooting seminar that offers several different specialized classes.”

Tadvick said the open-to-all High Country Mule Deer Tactics class will teach time-tested hunting strategies and techniques while a special women’s-only Ladies on the Hunt class, taught by women, will answer questions and encourage discussions about deer-hunting basics in a female-friendly environment.

In addition, a kid-friendly course titled the Pathway to Mule Deer Hunting class is designed to introduce young sportsmen to the joys and responsibilities of mule deer hunting.

The Colorado Traditional Archer’s Society members will provide a 3-D target and show the proper use of a bow while Parks and Wildlife personnel will teach gun safety and target shooting in the indoor rifle range.

Representatives from Cabela’s and Prois — a ladies hunting apparel company from Gunnison — will teach several classes as well as offer tips on proper clothing and footwear.

And a professional photographer will have suggestions on caring for your camera during your scouting and hunting trips and how to take those great photos to send to the Daily Sentinel.

But space is limited and spots may go fast, so pre-registration is necessary. Call Mari Myers at 970-255-6144.

Maybe Alice could teach about camouflage face paint.

Women’s Casts ‘n’ Blast clinics offered across Western Slope — The Division of Parks and Wildlife is offering a series of free, women-only seminars offering introductory instruction on various aspects of the outdoor sports in late July and early August.

All clinics are aimed at beginners, no experience or equipment is required, and women from across the state are invited to attend.

Clinics run from 8:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon.

These women-only clinics are very popular, space is limited and they fill quickly. Call early to register.

July 23, Gypsum: This seminar, sponsored by the National Rifle Association, addresses the basics of fly and spin fishing, shotguns and proper firearm handling. No experience or equipment is required. Clinic runs. A $20 deposit is required. Information and registration: Kasi Rishel or Karla Ferguson, 970-947-2920.

July 24, Grand Junction: Learn the basics of fly-fishing, shotguns and archery. Designed for beginners, no experience or equipment is required. Clinic runs 8:30 a.m. to mid-afternoon. A $20 deposit required. Information and registration: Mari Myers, 255-6144.

Aug., 6, Steamboat Springs: Learn the basics of fly-fishing, .22 pistols, shotguns and archery. Register early, a $15 fee covers lunch. Details and registration: Christy Bubenheim, 970-870-2855.


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