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RBC — Thanks to support from private landowners, the Colorado Division of Wildlife Hunter Outreach Program is offering three youth hunters the opportunity to participate in a premier, private land spring turkey hunt near Meeker.
The hunt will take place on April 25 and 26.
Youth interested in participating in this extraordinary opportunity can apply by sending a letter of interest and a short essay about hunting to District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin at P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641.
The letter of interest should include the hunter’s name, address, phone number and hunter education card number as well as contact information for a parent or guardian.
The essay should be 500 words or less and should express why the youth believes hunting is important for wildlife and why the youth wants to be selected to participate in this special spring turkey hunt.
Applicants must be under age 18 and possess a valid hunter safety card. No previous hunting experience is required and all youth hunters are encouraged to apply.
However, youth who are interested in the sport of hunting but who have never been able to go hunting, for whatever reason (family, health, financial, etc.), will have preference over those youth who have already had opportunities to hunt. Successful applicants and a parent, guardian or mentor must attend a pre-hunt orientation at the Meeker CDOW office from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, April 24.
CDOW will provide use of shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Hunters must provide their own camouflage, lodging and food.
Letters and essays must be postmarked by April 10. The three youth chosen to participate in the turkey hunt will be notified by April 15.