Parks and Wildlife offers free bowhunter education class

A free bowhunter education class is being offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Aug. 17-18 at Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area.

Colorado does not require archery hunters to take the bowhunter education class, although some states mandate such education prior to obtaining an archery hunting license.

Colorado’s Bowhunter Education card is accepted anywhere such certification is required.

The free course will cover such topics as the bowhunter’s responsibilities, equipment, range estimation, hunt planning, tree stands, survival skills, basic first aid and others.

Archers with their own equipment are asked to bring their bow and three arrows with field points for the second day.

Equipment will be available for novice archers.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 970-255-6100 or visit

The class will break for lunch for one hour each day; however, packing a sack lunch is recommended.

Participants are encouraged to dress accordingly and bring water, insect repellent and sunscreen.

Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area is south of Fruita. Take exit 19 off Interstate 70 at Fruita, head south to Kingsview Road and turn west. The wildlife area is about four miles on an all-weather road.


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