Pheasant hunters on a 2014 NHP hunt. Photo by Tony Dymek/CPW.
Experienced hunters enter the field confident of finding game. For new hunters, gaining that confidence — knowing the where, when, how and why of hunting — is often the biggest barrier to success.
That’s the idea behind the Novice Hunter Program, a new Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) effort to help recent hunter-education graduates master the basics of pheasant hunting. The brainchild of Northeast Regional Manager Steve Yamashita and his staff, the program enjoyed a successful launch in 2013 and is currently underway for the 2014 seasons. Read more
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