CPW offers ‘Elk Hunting 101’

RBC I Cooler mornings and changing weather signal that the hunting seasons are approaching quickly. Eager hunters are preparing themselves and their equipment in anticipation of one of the most exciting times of the year for sportsmen and women.

As part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s continuing efforts to help hunters have a safe and successful season, the agency and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will offer a one-evening only “Elk Hunting 101” class from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave., in Grand Junction.

The class is geared toward the novice; however, experienced hunters looking for additional perspective from other practiced hunters are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. To reserve your spot, visit www.register-ed.com/events/view/50412, or go to www.register-ed.com, select, “Colorado” then click on “View Upcoming Events” in the “Colorado Outreach” tab. Scroll down for the registration link.

The class will cover numerous topics about hunting elk, including basic biology, forage, migration patterns, calling techniques, equipment and field dressing tips.

“Learning as much as you can about elk behavior is one of the most important things you can do to increase your chances,” said Dick Severin, assistant hunter outreach coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “It should be an interesting evening and participants will get a good overview about all of the different things they need to know to have success in the field this year.”

Colorado’s elk populations remain the largest in North America. Millions of acres of public land and the availability of unlimited over-the-counter licenses continues to attract hunters eager to enjoy excellent hunting opportunities in some of the most scenic areas in the country.

The Hunter Outreach Program teaches novice and inexperienced hunters the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting.