Fun For The Whole Family
The Rookie Sportsman Program is
now accepting applications for the 2020 seasons. Applications are due by January 20th, 2020.
Please be advised: Program events occur in the Colorado Springs area.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages participants to live an active lifestyle that promotes the conservation of Colorado’s resources. The Rookie Sportsman Program (RSP) offers opportunities for individuals and/or families with limited outdoor experience to try their hand at hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.
The program links participants to a mentor who will guide them through a year-long safe, ethical and educational experience. The program also creates a social support network for participants to use as they continue on their journey. Some of the Rookie Sportsman Program events and classes include hunting, firearm safety, fishing, navigation, camping, archery and many more. In addition to the offered events, the program gives participants the opportunity to take part in mentored hunts for turkey, dove, pheasants, and big game.
Reasons To Join
Learn to hunt and fish from Colorado Wildlife Officers
Actively participate in the conservation and preservation of Colorado’s natural resources
Know where your food comes from and how to prepare it yourself
Provide natural organic meat for your family
Connect with nature
Quality family time without electronic distractions
Experience the outdoors as a participant in nature
For questions regarding the Rookie Sportsman Program, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Colorado Springs Office at (719) 227-5200 or
The Hunter Outreach Program does not focus on the harvest, but upon the education of the novice hunter in the field.