Colorado Parks and Wildlife
For the fourth consecutive year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is encouraging hunters to take a friend hunting. As a reward for hunters sharing their expertise and love of hunting, CPW created a contest for mentors who take the time to pass on their knowledge, with prizes for the mentor as well as the mentee.
“I often run into people wanting to hunt, but they just don’t know how to start. Most of them just need a mentor to help out,” said CPW Hunter Outreach Coordinator Bryan Posthumus. “It is so easy to ask your friends, co-workers or family if they want to hunt and help them get started. Quite a few started out small game hunting. Many of the hunters last year are planning on hunting with their new hunting buddy this year.”
Hunting has several barriers that can make getting started difficult. Equipment can be expensive and knowledge is hard to obtain. Taking your friends hunting can reduce those barriers by allowing you to share equipment and pass on the knowledge that only experience can teach. For new hunters, getting started can seem overwhelming. Encouraging a hunter to take you with them and show you the ropes can help you get started.
With CPWs Take a Friend Hunting Contest, you can win a variety of prizes that will help you in future hunts.
How it works
If you are a hunter, take a friend hunting. If you want to learn to hunt, encourage a hunter to take you with them. Then, submit a photograph and brief story of your time in the field for a chance to win a variety of hunting-related prizes. Submissions will be judged by their ability to inspire and are due by Feb. 28, 2023.
To be eligible to enter
Hunters must commit to mentoring an eligible new or former hunter in Colorado on at least three separate occasions. The occasions may involve any part of the mentoring process including scouting, testing/purchasing hunting gear, sighting in/practicing with hunting firearms/archery equipment, or game processing and game cooking. At least one occasion must be taking the mentee hunting. Mentor and mentee must be at least 18 years of age.
• Hold a valid 2022 Colorado hunting license;
• Have held a Colorado hunting license in at least three of the last five years (2017-2021).
Mentees must either have:
• Never had a hunting license until 2022;
• Only had a hunting license in 2021 (e.g., a second-year hunter); or
• Not had a hunting license in the past five consecutive years (i.e., since 2017).
Contest participants must follow all applicable Colorado hunting regulations; this includes possession of all appropriate licenses. Employees of CPW, and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of March to winners of the photo/narrative competition. There will be multiple winners selected for a variety of prizes. Prizes include: binoculars, headlamps, butcher kits, game calls, gift cards and more.
All prizes are nontransferable. No substitution may be made except as provided. The winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Please check the CPW website for more details and an updated list of prizes: https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Take-a-Friend-Hunting.aspx.
To learn more, see the official rules at https://woobox.com/gjwvdw/rules and find out more about how to Take a Friend Hunting in 2022 at https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Take-a-Friend-Hunting.aspx.