From the Colorado Division of Wildlife
-- A two-day Huntmaster training course to certify volunteers for the Hunter Outreach Program will be held Aug. 14 and 15 in Grand Junction. Huntmaster training covers planning of hunts, safety and organization protocols for DOW-sponsored hunts.
The deadline to register for the course is Aug. 9. Applications are available on line at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterOutreach/VolunteersAndHuntmasters/. For more information, call DOW Hunter Outreach Coordinator Jim Bulger at (303)291-7248.
The DOW Hunter Outreach Program teaches novice and inexperienced hunters of all ages the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting. Through workshops and clinics, seminars, group and mentored hunts, the program appeals to diverse interests, backgrounds and levels of ability.
Western Colorado sportsmen and sportsmen's organization are searching for ways to increase hunting opportunities and recruitment of youth and novice hunters. As a group, sportsmen can make a positive difference in stemming the national decline in the number of hunters by taking an active role in teaching, coaching and mentoring hunters in partnership with the DOW.
Last year in northwest Colorado, the DOW offered hunting programs for hundreds of youth, women and families who had not had the opportunity to hunt in the past or have limited hunting experience. Volunteer assistance was critical for those offerings but to expand the number and quality of the hunts more volunteers are needed.
"Each year we have many more applicants than we can support with hunts through the program," according to Kathleen Tadvick, DOW education coordinator in northwest Colorado. "Now, the Outreach Program needs the community to join us in this partnership by becoming a Huntmaster and building a strong corps of volunteers to extend our hunting heritage to future generations."