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Novice Pheasant Hunter Program
Novice Pheasant Hunter Program
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​The 2024 Novice Pheasant Hunter Program registration is OPEN.

The Novice Pheasant Hunter Program (NPHP) supports new hunters (adults and youth), with detailed pheasant hunting knowledge, practical field experience, and quality instruction on a trap range. Upon completing NPHP, hunters should have an understanding of common small game hunting skills and a solid knowledge base to expand their hunting skills. Classes, clinics, and mentored hunts are subject to any State or local health orders. ​​​NPHP is designed to help new hunters with little or no access to pheasant/small game hunting mentors.  The Novice Pheasant Hunter Program is a free event​.

Novice Pheasant Hunter Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Adults and youth age 12 or older holding a Hunter Education certificate
  • Have not taken NPHP in a previous year
  • Self-described as a "Novice Pheasant Hunter" 

Class and Field Instruction Details - Registration Required

​Students must complete 5 hours of classroom instruction and 1 half-day field session to receive a NPHP Novice Walk-In Access (WIA) permit.

  • Students must bring their Hunter Education card with them to class for verification
  • Classroom instruction will cover pheasant biology, habitat, where to hunt, regulations, ethics, safety, gear, and field tactics
  • Half-day field sessions will include a wing-shooting clinic and simulated hunt
  • Students may borrow a shotgun for the field sessions and mentored hunts, please do not purchase a shotgun just to attend the clinics!  Instructors will teach you what to look for in purchasing a shotgun at the clinics!
  • The NPHP WIA properties are in Northeast Colorado
  • Mentored hunts are available during the pheasant hunting season to students who desire additional instruction
  • Youth 18 and under must have a parent or guardian attend all sessions and events
  • You will be required to attend the intoduction session, field clinic and classroom seminar​ to recieve all of the programs benefits.

Mandatory Dates are as follows: 
April 25 1 hour Zoom Seminar
1 Field Clinic of your choice (May 5, May 11 or June 1)
August 24 Classroom Seminar

How-to Register (Choose only 1 option below)

May 5 Field Clinic

May 11 Field Clinic

June 1 Field Clinic