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I had posted previously on Colorado's youth hunting opportunities...
I posted that without having gone to one of them with my son, just because I had seen a lot that they
try to do for the youth today.

After having first hand experience... I have to say that I will be the first to stand up and applaud the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
My son was picked to do an elk hunt at Kessler Canyon Ranch just outside of Debeque, Colorado. The ranch is 23000 acres and they do hunts out of their lodge. We were given access to setup an outfitted camp, use the rifle range and hunt the property for cow elk.
Their were 6 young hunters on this trip, each provided with a guide. Tents were setup by the group on Friday morning, stoves fired up to stave off the burning cold. (it was -19 on Friday morning)
The food was perfect elk camp fare... sandwiches, burgers, soup, tacos, salad, breakfast burritos.
The nighttime poker games for candy were a lot of fun and got all involved.

But.. onto the good stuff.
2 elk were taken on this trip and it was a tough hunt. Steep terrain, snow and more snow. Deep snow... knee to thigh deep on me.
My son dropped the lead cow in the herd on Sunday morning. 125 yd single shot to both lungs. She piled up within 100 yds.

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That is some awesome stuff right there!!! Congrats to you both! Thumbs up

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Congrats on a successful hunt. It sounds like you & your son had a great hunt. Nothing better than seeing a youth hunter be successful. Great memories & great hunt. Way 2 go.

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Thanks guys... I have to admit, I was very proud of him.
He did everything by the book and did it right the first time.
I always try to teach my boys how to respect the game hunted and
how to respect the areas we do get to venture into.
He did everything like he was taught, took his time and brought her
down with one shot.

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Looks like a good time despite the weather! The Hunter Outreach program really is a good time. I'm glad to see you get your son out there with some other kids. We've seen several of the kids who have met in the program continue to hunt together throughout the years. I haven't done an elk hunt as a Huntmaster with them for a couple of years, but I've got one lined up this January at the Scout Ranch up near Red Feather Lakes.
Congrats, and don't forget, we're always looking for additional volunteer help and landowner contacts to create new hunts (get about 10X the number of applicants as hunts available for big game, but waterfowl is undersubscribed enough that we sometimes take kids a couple of times).

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Very cool ! Thumbs up Congrats to you and your son, very, very nice.

I did not know they had programs for big game. I have participated in the pheasant hunting program with my son and it was very cool.

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exbiologist wrote:
don't forget, we're always looking for additional volunteer help and landowner contacts to create new hunts (get about 10X the number of applicants as hunts available for big game, but waterfowl is undersubscribed enough that we sometimes take kids a couple of times).

Ya know ExB -- I wanted to get into the program and help, but it seems that down here the administration really does not want to do this, or so I was told. If you know of a way I can get more information and do something in the 4 Corners region, I would do whatever I could to assist. I may not be the right person to lead this, I work a lot of hours at times and travel for work at times, but I would be glad to help kick it off and do whatever I can to help.
I've been working with kids for a long time as a coach (baseball, football, soccer, etc), I enjoyed working with all the kids I have had the pleasure of seeing grow up and I am still close to a lot of them.
I know that it would be a great addition to our area and I think I even know a place we could do upland bird as well....I would need to work on him a little. I know there are a lot of single parents that just don't get into the field any more.

anyway... feel free to ping me offline if you want. Offroadmike@gmail.com

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Mike, I may as well post this in the open for everyone else to see also.
Here's a link to the Hunter Outreach section:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterOutreach/VolunteersAndHuntmasters/HOHuntmasters.htm
Jim Bulger, who runs the program runs one or two Huntmaster Orientations per year. He usually tries to do one on the West Slope also, typically in Grand Junction.
I'm not sure why you got the impression that they weren't looking for help, because they always are. Most of the guys are like me, and just volunteer to help out on one or two hunts per year. There are about 100 Huntmasters in the state, but just a handful(10 or so) of the volunteers are motivated enough to plan and run the whole operation (and with 6 kids, I'm sure you got an idea of how involved the whole planning process needs to be). There's also some attrition every year, as we lose about 10, but also gain a few to maintain the ranks. Anyway, Jim usually runs a training session in June, so keep an eye out this spring.

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Excellent! Congrats to you and your son!!!! Yes