Youngsters can be part of guided turkey hunt
Three young hunters will have the opportunity this spring for a wild turkey hunt on private land near Meeker.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and several landowners in northwest Colorado have partnered to offer a mentored spring turkey hunt on private land on April 12 and 13.
Parks and Wildlife officials say the hunt, part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, continues an effort to instill hunting traditions, along with an interest and respect for wildlife, in Colorado’s youth.
“Many of the kids that have participated in these hunts have gone on to become responsible sportsmen and women,” said Bailey Franklin, hunt organizer and district wildlife manager in Meeker. “It’s a fun, educational experience, and we encourage all aspiring hunters to apply for this chance at a rare, private-land turkey hunt.”
Applicants 18 and under already possessing a valid hunter safety card must send a letter of interest postmarked by March 31 to DWM Bailey Franklin, P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, 81641.
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.
Also, each letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about hunting and why the applicant should be selected.
Parks and Wildlife suggested such topics as the applicant’s interest in hunting, limited experience and desire to learn.
The essay must be written by the applicant and in his or her own words.
All youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those who have little or no experience will be given priority over experienced hunters, according to Parks and Wildlife.
The three hunt winners will be notified by April 4. A required pre-hunt orientation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 1 at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office. Each hunter must attend the meeting accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Selected hunters must provide their own camouflage clothing, lodging and food.
For information, call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Meeker, 970-878-6090.