Spring turkey hunt open to youth

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is partnering with landowners in the Craig area to offer a free private-land turkey hunt to two lucky youths in May.

Hunters under the age of 18 have the opportunity to win one of two private-land spring turkey hunts on May 2-3 near Craig.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Craig-area landowners are offering the hunts as part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, aimed at instilling respect for wildlife, the outdoors and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth.

“This is the second year that we have offered this opportunity in this area,” District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro of Craig said. “Last year’s hunt was fantastic. The kids had a great time, and we expect that there will be high demand for the chance to participate this year.”

Novice hunters are encouraged to apply, with applications postmarked by April 4.

Priority will be given to youths with no prior hunting experience or with special family circumstances or health conditions that limit their ability to hunt.

Boys and girls under the age of 18 possessing a hunter-education card can apply by sending a letter of interest by 
April 4 to: DWM Mike Swaro, 815 Ashley Road, Craig, CO, 81625.

The letter must include the youth’s name, address, hunter-education-card number and a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian.

Each letter must include an essay of 500 words or fewer, written by the applicant, about why the he or she should be selected.

Two participants will be selected and will be notified by Parks and Wildlife on or before April 8.

Selected hunters must attend a prehunt orientation at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s warehouse in Craig on May 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. They must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.

Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls.

For more information, call 970-878-6090.


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