AWARD-WINNING ANGLER EDUCATION PROGRAM CONTINUES
TO SNAG NEW DEVOTEES AS IT NEARS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
June 17, 2004
Gilmore, who coordinates the Colorado Division of Wildlifes (DOW) Angler Education Program, says he wouldnt have it any other way. Despite growing up in Denver, the city boy has grown up to be an avid outdoor enthusiast and has developed a growing base of young fans around the state who are devoted to his keen ability to teach them about angling and Colorados diverse wildlife species.
Who gets to take kids fishing and get paid for it? Gilmore asks of his good fortune. I try to get kids out there to enjoy the art of sport fishing. I want them to become anglers for life. When you have people fishing, they are not getting into trouble.
Under the Angler Education Program, schoolchildren who might not other have the opportunity are given fishing poles and are taught how to fish. The program, which was launched in 1994, is supported in part by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) lottery funds and is part of the DOWs ongoing efforts to groom new generations of anglers and citizens who respect the states natural resources.
The program, which includes Take a Family Fishing and
Ladies, Lets Go Fishing clinics, has not gone unnoticed.
This year, the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is recognizing
the programs overall excellence.
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