Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Outreach Program is offering special youth hunts throughout Colorado. These free hunts are designed to recruit and encourage novice youth and families to participate in Colorado hunting activities. The Hunter Outreach program arranges and coordinates educational opportunities for youth to ensure their first steps in the field are great ones. The program provides trained and experienced Huntmasters and volunteers that will lead youth through clinics, seminars, and actual hunts in the field. Our primary focus is not about the harvest but to provide a safe, fun, and educational experience in the field!
Hunts We Offer
- Big Game, Ages 12-17: Youth hunters who are
selected through an application process (detailed below) are exposed to an
“Outdoor Classroom” that includes firearm safety training, field safety, hunting
skills and techniques, hunter ethics and responsibility, and camp chores! Big
game hunts typically run three days. Participants are expected to remain at the
hunt site for the full duration of the event. Lodging (heated canvas wall
tents) and meals are included in these hunts as a part of the overall
educational experience. Hunters must be proficient with their firearms prior to
attending a hunt. All hunters will show proficiency skills at a range as a part
of the planned hunt curriculum.
- Small Game, Ages 10-17: The Hunter Outreach Program, in partnership with other
organizations, offers several youth small game hunts during the fall season. These hunts offer firearm safety and skills, Field skills, and habitat and
biology of small game. These hunts are day trips that start early! Youth will
be expected to use 20 or 12 gauge shotguns. Shotguns can be provided to those
who cannot obtain a youth size firearm.
- Waterfowl, Ages 10-17: In partnership with private
landowners, clubs and organizations, the Hunter Outreach Program offers
educational waterfowl hunts to youth hunters. Safety, calling, and tactics are
taught in the field by experienced Huntmasters. These hunts are typically
single day hunts that can run from before sunrise till after sunset. Youth on
waterfowl hunts must have prior shotgun experience, and be able to safely handle
a minimum of a 20 gauge shotgun. Goose hunts have a minimum height restriction
on 50 inches in height. There are no height restrictions on duck
- Turkey, Ages 12-17: Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Outreach Program offers free spring youth turkey hunts throughout Colorado. We will teach you turkey biology, habitat, and tactics while in the field. Our turkey program is set at the beginner level and designed to provide the novice hunter with basic education in hunting and shooting sports. Please note, we only offer turkey hunts for the spring season.
The Hunter Outreach program
does not focus on the harvest, but upon the education of the novice hunter in