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Youth Hunter Outreach Program
Youth Hunter Outreach Program
A group of youth hunter outreach participants.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A youth hunter practices their shooting stance.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

  • ​​​Youth hunter with mule deer buck.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.
  • Close up of hunting dog.​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.
  • Youth hunters in a blind. 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 hunts.
  • A successful youth turkey hunt.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. 

Youth hunters in pit.

The Hunter Outreach program does not focus on the harvest, but upon the education of the novice hunter in the field.