To some, the Hunting lifestyle may seem like second nature, to others, it seems out of reach. Not everyone grew up with a hunting tradition being passed down to them by their Fathers and Grandfathers. So where do those that want to learn this great tradition even start? Fortunately, most states have youth outreach programs designed just for this reason. I encourage you to reach out to your local wildlife agency and ask them what your state has to offer.
For the last eight years, approximately fifteen Colorado youth and their parents/guardians get selected to participate in the annual Eastern Colorado Youth Turkey Hunt. The Yuma County Pheasants Forever Chapter has teamed up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy to sponsor this youth Turkey hunt. All that is required is that they meet the requirements and fill out the application found on the Yuma County Youth Turkey Hunt webpage.
This hunt is a great way to get outside and spend some quality time with your family and learn the necessary skills to become successful turkey hunters. This two-day adventure is filled with activities that include a quick history lesson on the success story of wild turkeys, hunting tactics, calling, patterning your shotgun and much more. These new hunters and their parents will spend the night out camping with their guides and enjoying a great meal prepared by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The following morning everyone will wake up early and grab a quick bite to eat and head out to the Nature Conservancy’s Fox River Ranch with their guide. You can expect to see a lot of wildlife activity along the Arikaree river bottom during this hunt. It isn’t uncommon to have deer, raccoons, or coyotes walk right through your turkey decoys. If you’re lucky you may even get a chance to pull the trigger on your first big Rio Grande Turkey. Fill your tag or not, everyone heads home with a smile on their face. The foundation to become a successful hunter has begun.