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Colorado uses free DVD to encourage bird hunting

From the Colorado Division of Wildlife

-- When Colorado's 2010 Small Game Hunting brochure hits the stands in early August, it will have a bonus, free DVD titled "Pheasant Hunting Colorado."  

The Division of Wildlife is hoping the DVD will inspire new hunters to discover Colorado's excellent upland bird hunting, beginning with the ring-necked pheasant.

The half-hour DVD is a comprehensive guide for both new and experienced hunters, and shows steps of planning a successful hunt. Although the DVD is entertaining, action-packed and filmed in high-definition on Colorado's Eastern Plains, it offers more than a taste of pheasant hunting

"The section on identifying the various types of pheasant habitats and how they can determine a pheasant's daily movements is easy to understand and goes beyond the typical advice given to hunters," said Dennis McKinney, video specialist for the DOW and long-time pheasant hunter in eastern Colorado. "And the scouting and hunting strategies are dead on."

More good news for small-game hunters this year is the decision to make its Walk-In-Access Program free to small-game license holders. It provides small game and waterfowl hunters access to more than 220,000 acres of private land. Hunters will find more details in the Small Game Brochure and in the Walk-In-Access Atlas out later this fall.

"Teaching and recruiting future hunters is an effort wildlife agencies across the country are working on," said Tyler Baskfield, DOW communications manager. "Providing an entertaining and educational DVD with every small game regulation brochure allows us to recruit pheasant hunters on a mass scale. It dovetails with our other recruiting efforts and the state's wildlife and economy will benefit in the long run."

Hunting and fishing bring an estimated $1.8 billion dollars into Colorado's economy, and sportsmen pay for the majority of wildlife management. Money from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses accounts for more than 70 percent of the DOW's annual budget. Pheasant hunting specifically benefits the many small-town economies on the Eastern Plains.

To view a preview of "Pheasant Hunting Colorado" please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTDDRXRu6Is . To see an electronic copy of the 2010 Small Game Regulation Brochure please visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/SmallGame/.

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