OWL program teaches kids to hunt

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DE BEQUE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Students from Bookcliff Middle School met up out in De Beque to learn to hunt, as part of the Outdoor Learning Lab program.

After the kids got some target practice, they headed out to an open field at Branded Rock Canyon Ranch, for a guided pheasant hunt.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officials guided the kids through the field, and taught them how to safely handle a gun on an actual hunt.

Before they came out, the kids had to write essays explaining why they would be a good choice for this trip, and take a hunter's safety course.

Everyone out at the ranch says the Outdoor Wilderness Lab is a great way to make hunting a little less intimidating.

"A lot of kids that we've dealt with in the hunter education course have never fired a weapon or held a rifle, so this is a pretty neat opportunity and a good way for them to learn a little about firearm safety," said District Wildlife Manager for CPW, Bob Morris.

The Outdoor Wilderness Lab aims to help low-income students learn about the outdoors with a hands-on approach, and it's 100 percent free to the students.

CPW says their overall goal is to make OWL a program that is used across all of District 51.

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