Grand Mesa backdrop for popular outdoors TV show
Don’t tell Randy Newberg you can’t find a place to hunt elk.
Newberg, who calls himself “the average hunter,” is featuring Colorado elk hunting on this week’s version of his TV show, “On Your Own Adventures.”
In particular, the Bozeman, Mont., resident is featuring a third-season rifle hunt last year on Grand Mesa.
According to the Division of Parks and Wildlife, Newberg and his brother last fall purchased a pair of over-the-counter bull elk tags at the Grand Junction DWP office.
“This episode is an absolute classic example of what the American hunting experience is about,” Newberg said. “No other place is so welcoming to the non-resident hunter as is Colorado. And no other place provides such great opportunity in terms of tags, elk numbers and public land on which to chase these elk.”
Just how successful Newberg and his brother were will be revealed in the show, which initially aired Monday and will be repeated tonight (11:30), Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.).
The episode, titled “Colorado Rifle Elk,” is on The Sportsman Channel through Bresnan, Optimum and DISH Network.
Newberg highlights the opportunities hunters enjoy in Colorado, including the state’s 300,000 elk, 23 million acres of public land and 93 game management units where unlimited bull elk tags are available.
It’s a unique opportunity for adventure-minded elk hunters, he said.
“So there are lots of places to go, there’s lots of elk and there’s lots of tags,” Newberg says during the show. “If you don’t draw an elk tag in one of the limited entry states as a non-resident, come to Colorado.
“At a time when we are losing hunters and promoting exclusivity, Colorado is recruiting new hunters by lowering the barriers to participation.”
Colorado recently embarked on a yearlong plan to entice more non-resident elk hunters and this show is a cooperative effort between the DWP and the Colorado Tourism Office.
Newberg, whose regular job is as a partner in a Bozeman accounting firm, says his TV show is the only hunting show dedicated exclusively to non-guided hunting on public lands.
Hunters already can buy unlimited over-the-counter elk tags at DWP offices and online at wildlife.state.co.us.
Also, leftover limited-draw licenses go on sale Aug. 9 and will be available at DWP offices, license agents and by phone at 800-244-5613.
Information about Newberg and his TV show is available at http:// onyourownadventures.com.
One way hunters can improve their chances for success is by viewing the DWP’s popular online Elk Hunting University.
The web course, now in its second year, is loaded with new features, including lessons titled “Planning a Drop Camp Hunt,” “Hunting High-Pressured Elk,” “Advanced Shooting Skills for Elk Hunters,” “Shot Placement for Rifle and Archery” and other topics.
In addition, many of the lessons from last year will be available.
Jim Bulger, hunting outreach coordinator for the DWP, recently said the online hunter course was viewed more than 400,000 times during its first year.
“We want to take the 2011 lessons beyond the basic level of what big-game hunters should know, to focus on some of the finer points of hunting elk in Colorado,” Bulger said.