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Outreach Program Brings Exciting Opportunities to New Hunters

A young hunter proudly displays a rooster pheasant she harvested while participating in the Novice Hunter Program.  Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

A young hunter displays a pheasant she harvested while participating in the Novice Hunter Program. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

A second straight year of drought took its toll on pheasant habitat and populations in 2014. But for 144 newly graduated hunter-education students who participated in a new Colorado Parks and Wildlife course, 2014 was a fun and exciting introduction to the sport.

The Novice Hunter Program was developed by CPW’s Northeast Region in response to a challenge by a former wildlife commissioner to do more to recruit youth into hunting. Drawing on expertise from across the agency, CPW developed a program designed to give new hunters the knowledge, skill and confidence to hunt pheasants in eastern Colorado.

Working with volunteers from Pheasants Forever, CPW’s Novice Hunter Program combined a morning of classroom instruction on pheasant biology, hunting tactics, safety and hunting ethics with an afternoon of field exercises and shotgun-shooting instruction. Read more