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Hunting in Colorado: 6 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 07:59 PM

Hunting in Colorado offers excitement and a chance to bond with nature. Many families share in the traditions of hunting, and pass their passion to their children. However, hunting requires a strong spirit and deep knowledge to keep everyone safe and sound. If you are preparing your kids for the hunt, consider the following points before applying for a hunting permit for your kids.

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1. The state offers several Hunter Outreach programs that are perfect for young and inexperienced hunters. The workshops provide training, explain ethics that hunters confront, and educate novices about the traditions associated with this sport.

2. Programs have been developed to address the unique needs of persons headed to the fields. Physical fitness, outdoor training, and firearm safety are covered in the programs.

3. Colorado offers several courses for young hunters. These include Big Game (ages 12-17), Upland Game (ages 10-17), and Waterfowl (ages 10-17).

4. Youth hunting programs are available on designated state trust lands. On these properties, young hunters accompanied by a mentor can hunt deer, elk, small game, pheasants, and turkey. Programs run from September through February.

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5. Youth Big Game licenses can be issued to hunters as young as 12-years-old, and up to ages 17. Fees are reduced for young hunters, and those under 16 must always be accompanied by an adult over 18.

6. Youth small game licenses are available for only $1, for hunters under the age of 18. Information about licensing and permits is available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Requirements vary according to game pursued.

Because young hunters can become very excited about their ventures into the woods, it is imperative that they be physically and emotionally mature enough to handle the stress of this activity. Participation in safety programs through the state or through outside programs helps young hunters develop knowledge and confidence that produce positive experiences. Check with scouting organizations, local hunt clubs, and local fish and game agencies to find opportunities for young hunters. Additionally the National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsors comprehensive training programs for youth members.

Special programs help develop great hunters and responsible citizens. As master hunters lead the novices through the process to become skilled, they introduce the spirit and comradery associated with our country’s hunting traditions and heritage.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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