Outdoor Briefs, March 25, 2017
CPW baiting done in Gunnison Basin
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has finished its big-game baiting operation in the Gunnison Basin.
Warm weather during the past month has opened up the range for deer and elk, and the animals are moving across the landscape and finding adequate sources of natural food.
The agency started a baiting operation in early January after heavy snows made it difficult for deer and elk to find natural sources of food.
The project used hay and specialized pellets for deer to keep them away from U.S. Highway 50.
A video has been posted at http://www.cpw.state.co.us that provides an overview of the baiting operation.
Fremgen’s South African mammal, bird presentation is March 31 in Montrose
Local rangeland ecologist Marcella Fremgen will give a presentation on the birds and mammals of South Africa in Montrose on March 31.
The free presentation will be in the Centennial Room off Centennial Plaza at 7 p.m.
Fremgen traveled to Africa in 2009 to study wildlife management and wildlife rehabilitation.
Fremgen will show slides of South Africa’s wildlife and talk about her experiences with veterinarians working at wildlife rehabilitation centers. She went to Africa while attending Western State College through a program sponsored by Ecolife. Ecolife is an organization dedicated to improving human lives, saving endangered species and conserving the world’s natural resources.
Fremgen currently works for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
The program is sponsored by the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society. Information: Sandy 970-240-4913.
Parks and Wildlife suggests making camping reservations now for popular sites
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds campers that now is the time to make reservations for popular camping locations in the spring and summer.
Many state park camping locations are already booked over Memorial Day but expeditious campers can still snag some prime locations for the May or July 4 holidays.
Over Memorial Day weekend, only three state parks still have wide availability. Paonia State Park near Paonia, Mancos State Park in southwest Colorado, and Yampa River State Park, in northwestern Colorado, have reservations available in all locations. Mancos, which is a 40-minute drive west of Durango, offers yurts as well as tent camping.
Information/reservations: 1-800-678-2267 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations for established campsites during the summer is recommended.
Turkey Hunting 101 class is March 28
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a one-night only ‘Turkey Hunting 101’ clinic at 6 p.m. on March 28 at CPW’s Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.
Novices can learn tips and techniques from three experienced CPW Hunter Outreach Volunteers — Russ Means, Dan Uhrich, and Jason Eckman.
Pre-registration is required for the free class. Click on register-ed.com/events/view/99491, or go to register-ed.com and select ‘Colorado’, then select ‘View Upcoming Events” under the ‘Colorado Outreach’ link, then scroll down to ‘Turkey Hunting 101’ in Grand Junction.
Colorado wildlife managers say turkey populations are increasing across the state and license sales continue to rise from year to year, providing everyone with the opportunity to experience hunting gobblers.
The evening’s topics will include turkey calling basics, field tactics, information about local turkey populations, tips for hunting on public land and firearm safety. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions with veteran turkey hunters.