Outside briefs, Aug. 13, 2016
Elk Hunting 101 class is Wednesday
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a free “Elk Hunting 101” class, Wednesday at the Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.
The one-evening seminar is offered through CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program and is co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Space is limited and registration is required. To reserve your spot, call 970-255-6181.
“This is one of our more popular seminars because it covers a lot of ground and information that is very useful for both novices or experienced hunters,” said Dick Severin, assistant hunter outreach coordinator for CPW. “Success depends on how much preparation you do now, before the hunting seasons begin, so we encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity.”
The class will cover numerous topics, including basic elk biology, preferred forage, migration patterns, calling techniques, equipment and field dressing tips.
CPW offering orienteering class
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a free “Navigation and Orienteering 101” class at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.
The seminar is taught by Hunter Outreach Program volunteer and expert navigator, Leonard Pisciotta, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he taught the country’s best the art of orienteering and navigation.
Through classroom instruction and practical application, students will become familiar with USGS topographical maps, a standard magnetic compass. They will also learn basic navigation skills, and which basic safety items to carry.
Registration is required, so go to http://www.register-ed.com/events/ view/85091 to reserve a spot.
For more information, visit cpw.state.co.us.
Public invited to learn about deer strategy
Because of a variety of factors, mule deer populations remain below objective in parts of Colorado, primarily in the state’s largest mule deer herds in the Piceance Basin. To reverse the downward trend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers continue to implement the agency’s West Slope Mule Deer Strategy, approved by the CPW Commission in 2015.
To learn details about the project, the public is invited to a discussion with CPW officials at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, South Hall, 6 p.m. on Tuesday
CPW developed the strategy after an extensive, statewide public outreach effort throughout 2014, gathering input from sportsmen and interested members of the public concerned about declining mule deer populations in Colorado and across the Western United States.
One component of the strategy is predator control in areas where mule deer populations remain below objective. Beginning in 2017, CPW researcher Chuck Anderson will begin a three-year study to monitor the results of predator control on the Roan Plateau.
Montrose meeting will focus on budget
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is will host a public meeting in Montrose to discuss budget issues with hunters and anglers.
The meeting will be from 6:3008:30 p.m. on Tuesday from at the CPW office in Montrose, 2300 S. Townsend Ave.
The budget shortfall has been affecting the wildlife section of the agency for several years. In the past six years, CPW has cut $40 million from its budget and eliminated 50 positions.
At the meeting, CPW staff will explain the financial issues facing the agency and discuss the need to raise resident hunting and fishing license prices. The last time CPW raised resident license prices was 2005.
Game-processing seminar is Aug. 23
Do you know how to prepare a big game animal after the hunt? Making sure an animal is field-dressed properly and then processed for consumption is a critical part of hunting in Colorado.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a game-processing seminar from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Montrose, 2300 S. Townsend Ave.
The seminar will cover how to cut a big-game animal into manageable pieces in the field, and then how to cut, wrap and freeze meat for storage when you get home.
The session is free, but space is limited. Call CPW’s Montrose office to sign up at 970-252-6000.
Kokopelli Classic trail run is Aug. 27
The Kokopelli Classic trail run is Aug. 27 in Loma.
There are 8- and 16-mile runs. The 16-miler starts at 7 a.m., with an entry fee of $50. The shorter run starts at 7:30 a.m. with an entry fee of $30. Race-day entries are an additional $5.
This is a benefit for Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team.
Information: http://www.mcsargt.com. Registration: www. active.com.
Fly Fishing 101 class targets novice anglers
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Grand Valley Anglers, the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, are inviting novice anglers to Fly Fishing 101, a one-evening seminar, Aug. 31 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at CPW’s Hunter Safety Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction,
Experienced anglers will be on hand to teach novices the basics of fly fishing. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Topics will include insect biology and fishing gear, including rods, reels, flies and casting techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to dry-land cast to sharpen their new skills.
Instructors include members of the Grand Valley Anglers. CPW personnel will talk about laws and regulations.
To register, visit http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/87207. Space is limited.