CPW offers three youth turkey hunts

MEEKER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering three young hunters a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a mentored, quality spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker on April 11-12
Part of the CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program, the hunts are an effort to instill interest and respect for wildlife, the outdoors and hunting.

The hunts are open to boys and girls 18 and under who possess a hunter education card.
Applicants must send a letter of interest postmarked by March 31 to: DWM Bailey Franklin, PO Box 1181, Meeker, Colo., 81641. The letter should indicate why the youth is interested in being selected and must include the youth’s name, address and hunter education card number. It must also include a phone number.
The letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about why the applicant should be selected and must be written by the applicant in their own words.
The applicant’s interest in hunting, lack of hunting experience, any personal obstacles that have prevented hunting in the past and the desire to learn about hunting are suggested topics. The winners will be chosen based upon the essays and will be notified by April 3.
The winners will also be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation at the CPW Meeker office April 10 from 3 to 5 p.m., along with a parent, guardian or mentor.
The CPW will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. The hunters must provide their own camouflage, lodging and food.
For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.