Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for young hunters from western Colorado's North Fork area to participate in a special spring turkey hunting event April 13-15. Youngsters from Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia are encouraged to apply.
CPW has teamed up with local landowners to have access to prime turkey hunting areas on private property in the North Fork area. The number of hunting slots is limited, so youngsters should apply soon. To participate, prospective hunters must submit a one-page essay that describes why wildlife is important to them. Applicants can describe experiences with wildlife, wildlife they've seen, hunting knowledge, how wildlife is a part of their lives, why they want to learn more about wildlife etc. Participants will be chosen based on their essays and hunting experience.
The hunters selected must have earned their hunter safety cards.
The event will start with a turkey hunting seminar. On the afternoon of April 13, CPW wildlife officers will explain turkey biology, rules and regulations, equipment needed, how to call turkeys, how to find turkeys in the wild, and more. Participants will also have time to shoot at a shotgun range. Participants will then be guided to hunting areas during the next two days.
Participants should have cold-weather gear, camouflage outerwear if possible, sturdy boots, a backpack and water bottle. Shotguns and ammunition will be provided to those who need them. Hunters selected must be able to walk two miles while carrying gear and be comfortable in cold weather.
Those who wish to apply should send a letter with their name, date of birth, address, phone number, e-mail and the wildlife essay to: Stuart Sinclair, PO Box 987, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. The deadline to apply is April 6. Those selected will be notified by April 8.
For more information, call Sinclair at 970-872-4302.