Outdoor briefs for Oct. 9, 2016
Matchplay disc golf set for Oct. 16
A matchplay (head-to-head) disc golf competition will be held at Riverbend Park in Palisade on Oct. 16.
The tournament features a format where the winner is determined by the number of holes won, not the total score. Players will play 9-hole courses, and each player is guaranteed to play at least two rounds.
The entry fee is $25 with same-day registration available at 8 a.m. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. There will be two divisions: competitive and casual. The competitive division will play longer tees.
All proceeds will go to course improvements at the Riverbend Disc Golf Course. There will also be a drawing ($5 each or five tickets for $20) for prizes and lunch ($5).
Tournament registration is at https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/ Palisade_Matchplay_Fundraiser_2016.
Information: Tim Gossage, 970-255-0280.
Private-property hunts now available
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Collins Mountain Ranch in Meeker is offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, elk and mule deer hunts this fall.
There is no cost associated with the application. Five hunts will be available to those who drew limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management Unit 23 during the 2016 big game hunting seasons. Interested hunters must submit a written application by 5 p.m., Oct. 17, mailed to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife — Meeker Office; Attn: Bailey Franklin/Collins Mountain Ranch Hunts; P.O. Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641.
An application and information about the hunts is available at http://cpw.state.co.us.
CPW issues a reminder on boats
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anyone planning to purchase a boat, off-highway vehicles or snowmobile that after Jan. 1, 2017, a new regulation will go into effect.
Boats and off-highway vehicles must be registered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and that including motorcycles, dirt bikes, three-wheelers, ATVs and dune buggies that are operated on public land or trails in Colorado.
The new regulation will require that the buyer demonstrate proof of ownership before it can be registered. Failure to show proof of ownership will prevent the completion of the registration.
CPW recommends to all new owners that they ask for a bill of sale during the transaction. For convenience, CPW offers a billow sale template at cpw.state.co.us.
Hunters urged to use caution in field
With the big-game hunting season continuing, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters to be careful in all aspects of their hunts.
Recently, a hunter in the Gunnison area died from carbon monoxide poisoning after going to sleep with gas lanterns burning in his tent. The man only brought blankets which were not adequate for cold nights in the high country. A report from the incident said he used the lanterns to stay warm.
If a heater, stove or lantern that burns gas or oil is being used in an enclosed space such as a tent or a camper, adequate ventilation is needed to assure clean air circulates through.
Hunters should use high-quality sleeping bags rated for low temperatures and also pads that provide extra insulation and keep the bottom of the bag off the ground. They should always be prepared to spend the night outside in case bad weather moves in or they become lost. In a pack, hunters should carry matches, a compass or GPS unit, flashlight, extra batteries, a space blanket, signaling device, rain gear, and a hat and gloves.
Every year a number of hunters go to hospitals because of cardiac problems. Many of those hunters come from lower altitudes and experience serious heart problems when they go into the high country. Hunters need to evaluate their health before they venture to high altitude to engage in strenuous activity.
Hunters are always urged to be extra careful while handling their rifles. The majority of firearm mishaps happen in and around vehicles while guns are being loaded and unloaded. It is unlawful to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle in Colorado.
Colorado’s big-game rifle seasons start Oct. 15 and continue through Nov. 20.
For more hunting and survival tips, check out these articles on the CPW web site: