Denver, Colo.  — Hunting and angling can provide a lifetime of healthy, outdoor recreation and Colorado is truly a sportsman’s paradise. Sometimes, the toughest thing about learning to hunt and fish is taking those first steps.

That’s why Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting northeastern Colorado youth accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor to enjoy a day on the Whiskey Springs Ranch in Watkins learning about hunting safety, shotgun shooting, archery and participate in an upland game bird.

The event is free and open to youths in northeastern Colorado who have passed a certified hunter safety course here or in another state. All youths must be accompanied by an adult or mentor.

WHAT: Whiskey Spring Cast and Blast

WHO: Youth ages 17 years and under and their mentors interested in learning about safe shooting and hunting

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29; multiple sessions throughout the day

WHERE: Whiskey Springs Ranch; 1mile north of Jumbo Reservoir on the western edge of Sedgwick County

HOW: There is no fee for this opportunity–to register please contact the landowner, Jerry Haynes via email at jhaynes1950@yahoo.com There are four sessions available: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 12 noon to 5 p.m.. Please have your top two sessions picked out before making your reservation. Participants MUST arrive 30 minutes before the start of their assigned session.

PROVIDED: Lunch and water, shotguns (for participants who don’t have one), ammunition (except .410 shot shells), and fishing poles.

NEED TO BRING: Valid hunter education card from any state, weather appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. Youth are encouraged to being their 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, provided it is functional and safe. Shotguns will be available for those that don’t have their own. Youth may bring their own fishing pole, if desired; fishing will be available during downtime between stations. A mentor is required; please let us know if one is needed.

DIRECTIONS: From Denver: Drive NE on Interstate 76 to the Red Lion Exit 155, drive North on Logan County Road (LCR) 93 for 6 miles, turn East on LCR 70 for 2 miles and finally turn North on LCR 97 and drive approximately one mile to the ranch house. Camping is allowed at the ranch on the night prior to the event. Camping arrangements should be made prior to attending.

For more information on getting outdoors with your friends and family, go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Education/GetOutdoors/

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

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