Here is a loaded opportunity |

Here is a loaded opportunity

Women and young people wanting to learn how to stalk big game in northwestern Colorado have a unique opportunity this fall.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife Hunter Outreach and Women Afield programs announced on Wednesday that applications for several big game and small game hunts in northwest Colorado are available. The hunts are open to young people ages 12 to 17 years old or women who are interested in learning how to hunt.

Applicants must possess or earn a valid hunter education card prior to submitting the application. Participants must purchase a hunting license, but hunting guides, equipment and meals are provided.

Available hunts for youth include deer, elk, pronghorn, pheasant and duck, while available hunts for women include elk, pheasant and spring turkey. Youth hunts and ladies hunts are held separately with the assistance of trained huntmasters and outreach volunteers from the DOW and partners from several sporting organizations.

To support this opportunity, several large private land owners have opened their property for these hunts.

Applications for the hunts are available at DOW offices in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Meeker, Hot Sulphur Springs, and Steamboat Springs and mush be completed and returned by Aug. 1. Applicants will be notified by Sept. 1, if they have been selected to participate in a hunt.

More information is available by contacting Kathleen Tadvick, DOW education coordinator at 970-255-6181.

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