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Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts clinic for female hunters in Kremmling

Summit Daily staff report

Hunting and fishing can be intimidating for newbies, especially if you're never before handled a gun or ammunition.

The local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office wants to erase those barriers, and it starts with clinics long before the start of hunting season.

Women interested in learning the basics of fly-fishing, archery and how to handle a shotgun safely are invited to a female­-only Cast, Blast and Twang clinic in Kremmling on June 27.

The clinic is designed for beginners who are 18 years old and older.

No experience is required, and the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office will supply all necessary equipment, including firearms and ammunition.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., participants will meet near Blue Valley Ranch before heading to the Blue Valley Sportsman Club range for hands-on instruction.

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CPW instructors will cover the basics for all three sports, including casting technique for anglers and how to properly load, handle and fire a shotgun. CPW will have enough mentors to provide one-on-one guidance throughout the day.

Anyone who attends should dress for the elements and bring all necessary supplies, including water, insect repellent and sunscreen. Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.

The clinic wraps up mid-afternoon after time on the range.

All participants will have the opportunity to fire shotguns and bows, as well as cast on portion of the Blue River accessible through the sportsman club.

The Cast, Blast and Twang clinic is offered through CPW's Hunter Outreach Program. The program includes workshops, clinics, seminars and educational hunts that focus on teaching the skills, ethics and traditions of hunting to novice youth and women.

Along with the Kremmling clinic, CPW is accepting applications for mentored hunts tailored to youth and women.

The deadline for both is July 15, with guided hunts scheduled to begin in fall with the start of the hunting season.

The Kremmling clinic is provided as an intro to safety and proper technique.

It is not a hunter education course, which is required to apply for a hunting license. Classes are held throughout the summer in Kremmling, Granby and Summit County.

For more info on upcoming classes, see http://www.cpw.state.co.us and search for "hunter education."

Cast, Blast and Twang clinic

What: A female-only intro clinic to shotguns, fishing and archery, hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife

When: Saturday, June 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Meet at Mile Marker 131, south of Blue Valley Ranch in Kremmling

Cost: $20

Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hot Sulphur Springs office at 970-725-6200.