Holyoke, Colo. – Just as pheasant hunting gets better each year in northeastern Colorado, so do the opportunities to get out and try the sport. That’s why Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites local youth and a mentor to enjoy a day at the Paoli Gun Club, outside Holyoke, where they will learn about hunting safety, shotgun shooting and participate in an upland game bird hunt.

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: Phillips County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

WHO: Youth ages 17 and under that have not hunted upland birds or small game

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5; multiple sessions throughout the day

WHERE: Paoli Gun Club, five miles west of Holyoke

HOW: There is no fee for this opportunity – to register please contact Jack Wieland at jack.wieland@state.co.us or 970-854-3512. 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 noon to 5 p.m. Please have your top two sessions picked out before making the required 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).

PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BRING: Valid hunter education card, weather appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. Youth are encouraged to bring their 12-gauge or 20-gauge shotgun, provided it is functional and safe. Shotguns will be available for those that don’t have their own. A mentor is required – please let us know if one is needed.

DIRECTIONS: The Paoli Gun Club is located five miles west of Holyoke: From Sterling, travel east on Highway 6 towards Holyoke. Drive through Fleming, Dailey, Haxtun, and Paoli. Turn left (north) on Phillips County Road (PCR) 29. Cross the railroad tracks and immediately turn right (east) onto PCR 24. In approximately one-quarter mile turn right (south) into the Paoli Gun Club Property.

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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