Outside briefs, Aug. 5, 2017
Smokey Bear’s birthday is Wednesday
Smokey Bear is turning 73 years old and there will be a celebration on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center.
There will be plenty of kid’s activities, including games, birthday cake, and photos with Smokey Bear.
Smokey is an American icon but has uttered only six words in his life: “Only you can prevent forest fires.”
Six limited special access archery hunts will be offered in Grand Valley this fall
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Bureau of Reclamation are sponsoring six limited special access mule deer archery hunts in the Grand Valley this fall.
The archery hunts will take place at Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area, Grand Junction Wildlife Area and the Orchard Mesa Wildlife Area.
Applications and information are available at CPW’s Northwest Region office, or by calling 970-255-6100.
Hunters must drop off or mail their applications to the CPW Northwest Region office by Aug. 17 at 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction, 81501.
Drawings for the hunts will be on Aug. 20.
Two of the hunts will take place during the regular archery season.
Before applying, an archery deer license must have been drawn for Game Management Unit 40 or 41 in the above listed wildlife areas.
The other hunts will occur during the regular rifle seasons, however, a rifle deer license must have been drawn for GMU 41 or GMU 40 before applying.
Only archery equipment is allowed during each of these hunts.
All CPW regulations apply, including wearing of required amount of daylight fluorescent orange or pink garments during the rifle season.
All state parks are free on Monday
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will not charge an entrance fee at any of its 41 state parks Monday.
The move by CPW is in honor of Colorado Day, which marks the 141st anniversary of the day Colorado was admitted into the United States. Although Colorado Day was officially Aug. 1, CPW is celebrating the day one week later. All other fees, including camping and reservations, will remain in effect.
Information: http://www.cpw.state.co.us, or 303-866-3203.
Leftover limited hunting licenses on sale
Leftover limited hunted licenses are now on sale for online purchase from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The frequently updated list of leftover licenses is now available for review at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BigGame.aspx. Over-the-counter licenses with caps for bear and over-the-counter unlimited licenses are currently available for purchase online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or in person at CPW locations or license agents.
All purchases require a current and valid photo ID, proof of residency, Social Security number, and a Hunter Education card, unless the hunter was born on or before Jan. 1, 1949. Online verification requires input of the hunter education information located on the card and the state in which it was issued. Be sure to bring this card with you for in-person sales.
Go to cpw.state.co.us/BuyApply/pages/hunting.aspx for more information on purchasing licenses. If you have questions about hunting or hunt planning, contact CPW at 303-297-1192.
More than 3,000 Colorado River cutthroat trout stocked in streams near Durango
The native trout restoration program reached another milestone in late July when 3,000 Colorado River cutthroat trout were stocked in streams about 30 miles north of Durango.
The restoration project is being done in the Hermosa Creek drainage and is a joint project of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the San Juan National Forest, with assistance from Trout Unlimited.
This was the second of three phases, with the final phase expected to take two more years to complete.
On July 27, about 50 volunteers helped to distribute the 5-inch fish in about three miles of water in East Hermosa Creek, Relay Creek and Sig Creek.
To restore native fish, the U.S. Forest Service has built two barriers on the creeks, which block the passage of non-native rainbow and brook trout. Native cutthroats cannot compete with those fish in a stream.
After construction of the barriers, CPW treated the water to kill all fish in the stream. Generally, it takes two years for biologists to confirm that all fish have been eliminated. After that, native fish can be restocked.
Besides building the barriers, the Forest Service has also made improvements along the streams to improve fish habitat.
To learn more about CPW’s work to restore native trout throughout the state, go to: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/ResearchCutthroatTrout.aspx.