As duck season opens, hunters hope they get perfectly ‘fowl’ weather
Waking to the sound of shotguns at first light along the Colorado River reminds many local residents the 2013-14 Pacific Flyway waterfowl season has begun.
Despite the desert environs, waterfowling is a popular activity in the Grand Valley, and the handful of public hunting areas see a lot of use during the four-month season.
Western Colorado has a split season for waterfowl. The first split began Saturday and goes through Oct. 9, and the second split goes from Nov. 2 through Jan. 26, 2014.
Waterfowl hunting is available to the public at the Island Acres section of the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park and starting Monday in established blinds at the north end of Highline Lake State Park (Monday through Friday only, reservations requested).
In addition, public hunting is allowed at the following local state wildlife areas on a reservation basis, although unreserved blinds may be used on a first-come basis:
■ Grand Junction — Colorado River Island; Franklin Island; Tilman Bishop; Orchard Mesa.
■ Fruita — Horsethief Canyon.
■ Mesa — Mogensen Ponds (reservations not required).
Blinds can be reserved by calling Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 255-6161, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Reservations are not accepted more than 14 days in advance of the hunt date and not after noon the day before the hunt.
More information, including maps of the various hunting areas, is available at wildlife.state.co.us, click on Hunting.
More information about hunting opportunities at Highline Lake State Park is available by calling the park at 858-7208.