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Novice Hunter Program
Novice Hunter Program
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Now Comes the Fun Part!​

Congratulations on completing your Hunter Education Course! Colorado Parks and Wildlife knows that hunters need to develop knowledge and skills to be successful. But for a new hunter, confidence is just as important.​ That’s why CPW has partnered with Pheasants Forever to develop the Novice Hunter Program​.​ 

NHP students spend a full day with CPW staff and​ volunteers learning about pheasant hunting strategies, laws, regulations and how to safely handle shotguns in the field. Students w​ill also receive instruction in shotgun shooting at a trap range.

Later in the fall, students can sign up for mentored pheasant hunts led by CPW staff and trained volunteers - and they can hunt on their own walk-in areas leased just for the program.

To be eligible for the 2017 season, students must be at least 12 years old and have successfully completed a CPW hunter education course on or after Jan. 1, 2014. The program is free but space is limited. 2017 Applications are now open.   

Register online for additional ​outreach events.

For more information, call Bryan Posthumus, the Northeast Region's Hunting and Angling Outreach Coordinator, at (303) 291-7291.​