Outside briefs, March 5, 2016
Fishing regulations open house Thursday in Rifle
Get the scoop on Colorado’s new fishing regulations at an open house in Rifle.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have an Angler Open House from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, South Event Hall.
Agency managers and biologists will be at the meeting to answer questions and provide information.
Boat ramp will open
Friday in Ridgway
The boat ramp at Ridgway State Park is scheduled to open on Friday, depending on weather and water conditions.
Boaters can check on the opening by calling the park at 970-626-5822.
The Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection station also opens Friday and will remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May.
Boaters must be sure their boats are clean, drained and dried before going to the inspection station. Boaters with a seal are also responsible for presenting their receipt.
New registration for 2016 is required after March 31.
Boaters must carry the proper number of Coast Guard-approved life jackets and a noise-signal device.
A 2016 fishing license is required on and after April 1. There are no bag, possession or size limits on smallmouth bass at Ridgway Reservoir.
Sandhill crane migration coming through Eckert
Eckert Crane Days will be March 18-20, giving people the chance to see sandhill cranes making their annual migration north from New Mexico to Idaho.
Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society will be at the crane viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir from 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.
Cranes usually stop at Fruitgrowers and rest at the reservoir before taking off the next day, usually between 10-11 a.m.
To reach the viewing site, take Colorado Highway 65 to the Big E Market, then turn east on North Road to Crane Point.
Deadline nears to apply
for big game license
April 5 is the application deadline for the 2016 limited, big-game license draw.
For help or advice with the process, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct a “License Application 101” class March 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Northwest Region Hunter Education Complex, 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction.
Preregistration is required at http://www.register-ed.com to reserve a spot.
Novice female hunters can join turkey hunt
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from novice female hunters who would like to participate in a private-land turkey hunt with experienced mentors.
The two-day event is offered in partnership with Encana and the Western Slope chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The hunt will take place on private property, owned by Encana, near Parachute.
Only novice female hunters 18 and older will be selected for the hunt. No experience or equipment is required, but all applicants must have a valid hunter-education card. Visit Parks and Wildlife’s hunter-education page for more information.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 25 and can be found at Parks and Wildlife’s website: http://www.cpw.state.co.us.