Colorado Parks and Wildlife is committed to expanding the opportunity for youth to participate in big game and turkey hunting activities. Numerous sportsman’s organizations, conservation organizations and youth mentor groups participate in activities to encourage youth hunting during the big game and spring turkey seasons.
Obtaining licenses for such youth hunting activities can, at times, be problematic if there are no licenses available through the normal licensing process. Youth Outreach licenses are allocated to sponsoring organizations to allow them to host youth educational hunting events.
Sponsoring organizations must meet certain eligibility criteria to apply for special Youth Outreach Licenses.
- Sponsoring Organization. For the purposes of this program, a sponsoring organization must be a sportsman’s group, conservation group or youth mentoring organization that meets the following criteria:
- Has a minimum of 10 members
- Has an elected Executive Officer
- Has regularly scheduled meetings
- Has a youth mentoring program
- Youth Educational Hunt. An educational hunt is defined as one that incorporates hunting skills, ethics and field techniques into a youth hunting event. An educational training session should be scheduled prior to the hunting event.
- Youth Hunter. A youth hunter is defined as a person 12 to 17 years of age. The hunter must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years of age or older who has successfully completed a Hunter Education Course and is in possession of a Hunter Education Card. Youth hunters requesting a turkey license must comply with all age and Hunter Education requirements established in the current Colorado Parks and Wildlife Turkey Hunting Regulations and Brochure.
A qualified sponsoring organization may submit an application for Youth Outreach Licenses using the forms provided: CPW Administrative Directive W-21 & Application.