Hunting

Share your love of hunting with others and win prizes

Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife
To reward hunters who share their expertise and love of hunting, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has created a contest for mentors who take the time to pass on their knowledge, with prizes for the mentor as well as the mentee.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

For the fourth year in a row, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is encouraging hunters to bring a friend hunting. To reward hunters who share their expertise and love of hunting, CPW has 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 meet people who want to hunt, but they just don’t know where to start. Most of them just need a mentor to help them,” said CPW Hunter Outreach Coordinator Bryan Posthumus. “It’s so easy to ask your friends, colleagues or family if they want to hunt and help them get started. Many of them have taken up small game hunting. Many hunters from last year plan to hunt with their new hunting companion this year.

The hunt has several obstacles that can make getting started difficult. Equipment can be expensive and knowledge is difficult to obtain. Taking your friends on a hunt can reduce these barriers by allowing you to share gear and pass on knowledge that only experience can teach. For new hunters, getting started can feel overwhelming. Encouraging a hunter to take you with them and show you the ropes can get you started.

With CPW’s Take a Friend hunting contest, you can win a variety of prizes that will help you on future hunts.

How it works

If you are a hunter, take a friend hunting. If you want to learn to hunt, entice a hunter to take you with him. Then submit a photo and a brief story of your time in the field for a chance to win a variety of hunting-related prizes. Submissions will be judged on their ability to inspire and are due by February 28, 2023.

To be eligible to enter

Hunters must commit to mentoring an eligible new or returning Hunter in Colorado on at least three separate occasions. Opportunities may involve any part of the mentoring process including scouting, testing/purchasing hunting gear, observing/practicing with hunting firearms/shooting equipment arc, or the processing and cooking of game. At least one occasion must be to take the mentee on the hunt. Mentor and mentee must be at least 18 years old.

Mentors should:

• Hold a valid Colorado 2022 hunting license;

• Have held a Colorado hunting license at least three of the last five years (2017-2021).

Mentees must either have:

• Never had a hunting license until 2022;

• Did not have a hunting license until 2021 (eg a second-year hunter); Where

• Has not had a hunting license in the last five consecutive years (ie since 2017).

Sweepstakes entrants must comply with all applicable Colorado hunting regulations; this includes possession of all appropriate licenses. CPW employees and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.

Price

Prizes will be awarded at the end of March to the winners of the photo/story 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 non-transferable. No substitutions can be made except as provided. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with receipt and/or use of prize. Please see the CPW website for more details and an updated list of prizes: https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Take-a-Friend-Hunting.aspx.

For more, check out the official rules at https://woobox.com/gjwvdw/rules and find out how to take a friend hunting in 2022 at https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Take -a-Friend-Hunting.aspx.