Partners in the Field Progam For Young Hunters

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife and several private waterfowl organizations teamed up this fall through the Partners in the Field Program to introduce young hunters to the sport of waterfowling.

A duck hunt along the South Platte River and a goose hunt outside of Greeley were arranged to introduce some of Colorado’s youth to hunting and to aid them in developing a lifelong passion for the sport.

“These hunts are a great way for us to get young hunters in the field that may otherwise not have the opportunity,” said Jim Bulger, Hunting Outreach Program coordinator for the DOW. “These were controlled environments where hunting ethics and safety can be ingrained from the start. We all share in a responsibility to coach, teach and mentor young hunters to ensure the values and heritage of hunting are preserved for future generations.”

Twenty-five young hunters participated in the hunts. Parents were encouraged to come along to help teach and enjoy the overall experience of the events.

Before the young hunters were allowed to participate, they must pass a hunter education course. They also attend pre-hunt clinics where they learn from experienced hunters about habitat, calling, safety in the blind, shooting skills, hunting strategies and waterfowl habits.

Once the hunts began, the young hunters were able to enjoy success that they otherwise may not have been able to on their own. Through the partners in the Field Program, Waterfowl Haven Outfitters, the members of R and R Hunting Club and USA Outdoors donated their time, use of their property and their expertise to ensure that the rookie waterfowlers had a quality experience in the field.

This is a great example of the Division working with hunters to secure the future of the hunting lifestyle,” said Bulger. “These volunteers went above and beyond to help these young hunters and hand down their passion for hunting to the younger generation."

To read a personal narrative of the hunts that took place by Jim Bulger and to view photos visit the DOW home page at: wildlife.state.co.us/hunt/index.asp then click on "Hunting Outreach Program."

Parties interested in donating resources to the Partners in the Field Program can contact Jim Bulger at (303) 291-7248.