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Rookie Sportsperson Program
Rookie Sportsperson Program
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Fun ​For The Whole Family

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 Sportsperson Program (RSP) is run out of the Southeast Region and 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 Sportsperson 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

The Hunter Outreach Program does not focus on the harvest, but rather the education of the novice hunter in the field.​

The application period for the 2023 Rookie Sportsperson Program is currently closed. 

For questions or to be added to the notification list for next year's ​Rookie Sportsperson Program, contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Colorado Springs Office at (719) 227-5200 or e-mail​


Learn outdoor skills alongside an experienced mentor.
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