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Rookie Sportsperson Program
Rookie Sportsperson Program
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Family taking part in the Rookie Sportsperson Program

Fun ​For The Whole Family

Please Be Advised: Program events occur in the Colorado Springs area.​ Participants are required to commit to attending events March-January.​

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 managed 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 goal of the program is to recruit and encourage​ novices to participate in these experiences. ​Priority is given to applicants who are new to hunting and whose family/friends are also new to hunting. 

​ The program connects 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 as they continue on their journey. A few of the Rookie Sportsperson Program events and classes include hunting, firearm safety, fishing, navigation, camping, archery and more. In addition, the program gives participants the opportunity to take part in mentored hunts for turkey, dove, and big game. 

Reasons To Join

  • Learn to hunt and fish with 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 2024 Rookie Sportsperson Program is ​closed. Please check back in December or January for information on the 2025 class.   

If you have specific questions regarding the Rookie Sportsperson Program, to request more information, or to be added to the list for future classes please e-mail



Learn outdoor skills alongside an experienced mentor.
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