Looking for a few young hunters

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for some young hunters to participate in a special big game hunting event Oct. 2-4 in Hesperus.

Young hunters, ages 12-17, can gain valuable experience by participating in the eighth annual antlerless mule deer hunt at the 7,000-acre Colorado State University Research Center. The hunt is limited to 10 youngsters. Rifles and other hunting gear will be provided to those who need them. Prospective hunters must have a hunter safety card.

The young hunters also will be accompanied by an experienced adult mentor in the field

“This is a great environment for kids who have never hunted or for those with limited hunting experience,” said Drayton Harrison, district wildlife manager in the Durango area. “It’s a controlled environment, every kid is accompanied by a guide and they’ll have a great chance for success. There are a lot of deer at the research center.”

The event starts on Oct. 2 with shooting practice and instruction from DOW staff. The youngsters then hunt during the next two days.

The deadline to apply for the hunt is July 1.

For an application and for more information, contact the DOW’s Durango Service Center at 247-0855.