Colorado offers hunting mentors for women, kids as young as 10

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DENVER — Hunting isn’t just for outdoorsmen. Women and young people in Colorado can learn to hunt big and small game from experienced mentors, thanks to a program through Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Hunter Outreach Program is designed to “teach all novice and inexperienced hunters the knowledge, skills, ethics, and traditions of hunting,” CPW said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“Many women and youths want to participate, but it is very difficult when they do not have someone around to guide them from beginning to end,” coordinator Crystal Chick said.

The Women Afield Program offers summertime seminars and clinics that cover basic shooting, fishing and archery skills in the classroom or range with “plenty of hands-on experience,” according to CPW.

The clinics are not required to apply for mentored hunts. Mentored hunts for big game, pheasant and waterfowl are available during the fall. The Youth Hunting Program also provides a variety of clinics, seminars and mentored hunts for kids as young as 10 years old.

Boys and girls from ages 10-17 are eligible for mentored upland game and waterfowl hunts, according to officials. Adolescents aged 12-17 can participate in mentored big game hunts.

“Kids respond very positively to these hunts,” Chick said. “Hunting teaches responsibility, ethics, outdoor skills, knowledge of wildlife, firearms skills and physical fitness, among many other important attributes.”

There are a limited number of guided hunts available and you must sign up before 5 p.m. July 15. Hunt applications submitted to the Hunter Outreach Program are randomly selected by drawing, officials said.

Applications and information are available for the Women Afield hunts and for the Youth Hunting Program.