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Introducing “Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsman,” a new monthly feature from Colorado Parks and Wildlife written by Travis Duncan, a CPW statewide PIO

Introducing “Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsman,” a new monthly feature from Colorado Parks and Wildlife written by Travis Duncan, a CPW statewide PIO
Bill Vogrin



April 1, 2019


News Advisory from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Introducing “Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsman

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today we launch a new monthly feature from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is a column – Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsman – written by Travis Duncan, a CPW statewide public information officer based in Denver.

It’s also an invitation for you and your reporters to do stories that will show your readers/viewers how to become hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Last month, Duncan and his 14-year-old daughter, Natalie, began attending the year-long Rookie Sportsman Program (RSP) offered by CPW’s Southeast Region in Colorado Springs.

RSP was started in 2015 as a year-long mentorship program designed for people with little or no outdoor experience. It teaches them outdoor skills and, hopefully, inspires them to get outside and sample all the adventures available in Colorado’s great outdoors.

RSP participants are paired with CPW wildlife officers who guide them through a wide range of outdoor activities, starting with hunter-education training, firearms handling, small and big game hunting, fly fishing, camping, backpacking, field dressing, meat processing and other outdoor adventures.

New to hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities, Duncan and his daughter are a perfect fit for RSP. Together, they will learn to hunt and fish and more.

Duncan will write about his experiences each month during the year, taking readers along on his adventures and those of other members of the class. He’ll describe the skills he and Natalie are learning in the RSP and he’ll profile other families in the program.

In addition to inspiring your readers and viewers to get outdoors, each column will include calendar listings of upcoming CPW family-friendly outdoor programs and events around Colorado for readers to enjoy. Photos and brief videos will accompany each column.

For your planning purposes, we have a general list of the topics Duncan will be covering:

April 1: Hunter Education

May 1: Applying for a hunting license/Turkey Hunting 101

June 1: Learning to shoot .22-caliber firearms on CPW shooting ranges

July 1: Learning to shoot large-bore rifles

Aug. 1: Fishing at Lake Pueblo State Park

Sept. 1: Archery/waterfowl hunting/Deer hunting

Oct. 1: Rifle qualifications/Processing 101

Nov. 1: Elk hunting

Dec. 1: Upland game and pheasant hunting

Jan. 1, 2020: Cooking 101

Feb. 1, 2020: Ice Fishing and Final RSP Banquet

We hope you and your readers will join Duncan on this adventure. We’ll provide photos and videos to accompany the columns and we’d welcome media participation in any of our RSP program events.


CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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