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Boating season coming to close at Highline

By Staff

The boating season at Highline Lake State Park is coming to an end. The reservoir will close to boating beginning Oct. 1. This is will help create suitable conditions for a variety of waterfowl that winter in the park each year.  It’s also a busy time at the park for hunters. Small game hunting began at Highline Lake State Park on Sept. 5 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials remind hunters that small game hunting is allowed Monday through Friday, one-half hour before ...


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Everything your heart desires

By Joel L. Evans

Everybody has their favorite kind of water. What’s yours? Lakes, rivers? Large, small? Big, little? Maybe all — maybe you can’t choose for fear of missing something. I suppose that’s me. But wow do I like the Taylor! Big enough to have good fish not even counting the tailwater below the dam, yet small enough to wade with late summer flows. A road all along the way with ample pulloffs and public water, but remote enough to not be crowded. Spin fish or fly fish, wet ...


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Poaching problems are persisting

By Staff

Wildlife poaching continues to be a major issue in all of Colorado. Some national studies indicate poachers kill almost as many animals as legitimate hunters do during legal seasons. If poachers kill even half that number each year, the problem is serious because they are stealing game from licensed hunters, robbing businesses and taxpayers of revenues generated by hunting, and depriving us all of a valuable resource — our wildlife. It’s not just game animals that poachers ...


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August not the end

By Dave Buchanan

August brings a certain soft melancholy to what otherwise is a glorious end to summer. The razor-sharp bite of mid-summer heat has dulled while days remain long and linger to well past the dinner hour. The high country still carries a blanket of wildflowers. But wait. A careful observer notices the hours of daylight are slightly fewer than one month ago and some of the brilliance is gone from that mantle of flowers, as though a bit weary of flaunting its lively brilliance. Marmots and ...


Outside briefs, Aug. 13, 2016

By Staff

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 ...


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May the Fork be with you

By Joel L. Evans

We were mostly by ourselves. Considering there is a good road next to a good river, that seems somewhat amazing. Normally in the fishing quest, it is a tradeoff of ease of access vs. solitude. Easy access means you’ll have some company and solitude can be difficult to get to, probably requiring a hike. But then, when you consider the population of Hinsdale County, maybe the quietness isn’t so amazing. Hinsdale County, which is practically speaking the same as Lake City, is ...


Recent study suggests mule deer may be hurt by increase in residential development

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers see an opportunity for further study and discussion after results of a recent mule deer study were published in Global Change Biology.   CPW, along with other collaborators, agree habitat loss and degradation have long been assumed to be among the greatest factors causing mule deer declines. For the past few decades, western state fish and wildlife agencies have been concerned about the status and trend of mule deer populations. In 2014, CPW ...


Colorado Parks and Wildlife looks to raise hunting, fishing fees

By Jon Mitchell

Hunters and anglers are divided about a proposal by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to increase hunting and fishing fees for the coming calendar year. Sportsmen from around the region had a chance to enter the discussion with members of CPW during a presentation held at the Colorado Mesa University campus last week. The presentation painted a grim financial picture for CPW in the coming years, with officials saying programs and full-time employees will be lost statewide if more revenue ...


Bluegill catch-and-release restrictions lifted

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Ute Water Conservancy District are cooperating to temporarily lift the catch-and-release restrictions for bluegill at Jerry Creek Reservoir No. 1, beginning July 29 and running through 11:59 p.m. on July 31. All restrictions for other fish species will remain in effect at the reservoir and all other waters across the State of Colorado. Fishing at the reservoir is only permitted during daylight hours. The reservoir, a domestic water supply for Grand Valley ...


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Needs vs. wants

By Joel L. Evans

“Gosh, I really want to get started in flyfishing, but I just can’t afford it. Man, it would just cost too much! Why, I’d have to buy one of them fancy high-dollar rods, and then my neighbor was showing me his new top-of-the-line reel that he just bought, and the guy on TV was talking about so many different fly lines that you could have tied up a jail full of criminals. “And then what about all that other stuff you have to have? Some of those fishing vests look ...


Colorado sportsmen can have their say at roundtable caucus

By Staff

Hunters and anglers, or anyone who wants their voice heard regarding wildlife issues, will have that opportunity when Colorado Parks and Wildlife conducts its Northwest Region Sportsmen’s Roundtable caucus in Grand Junction on
July 13 at Colorado Mesa University in the Meyer Ballroom in the University Center. Several important topics are on the agenda, including the election of two regional representatives and a presentation by CPW’s Policy and Planning section seeking ...


Outside briefs, July 2, 2016

By Staff

Outdoor First Aid workshop planned for area hunters With the big game hunting seasons approaching, hunters need to make sure they have the proper gear, firearm and knowledge about the hunting areas. One critical skill all hunters should learn is what to do in case of a medical emergency while in the backcountry. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host an Outdoor First Aid 101 workshop in July 27 at the CPW Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction, beginning ...


Outside Briefs, June 11, 2016

By Staff

Women’s Cast and Blast event is June 26 Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the National Rifle Association are partnering to offer a free, women-only Cast and Blast on June 26, in Basalt. All women 18 and older interested in learning how to fly fish and use shotguns safely are encouraged to apply. Offered through Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, women-only Cast and Blast seminars are among the most popular and fill quickly. For details and registration, ...


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United in orange

By Joel L. Evans

OK, so you graduated from school already. But I have a quiz for you anyway — TV show style with the answer first. Answer: Pteronarcys californica. Questions: A) What is the prehistoric dinosaur that starred in the movie Jurassic Park? B) What is the state bird of California? C) What giant bug flies like a helicopter and drives both trout and trout fishermen crazy? If you are not a regular Gunnison River attendee, I’ll forgive you for choosing answer A or B. If you are ...


Catch a fish, help a fish

By Staff

Colorado anglers will have a chance to win boats and fishing gear at two upcoming fishing tournaments sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The fishing tournaments are free and open to anyone with a 2016 Colorado fishing license. No pre-registration is required. A smallmouth bass tournament will be conducted at Ridgway State Park from June 4-12. At Elkhead Reservoir in northwest Colorado, there will be a smallmouth bass and a northern pike tournament from June 11-19. “This is a ...


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Hooked on an idea

By Staff

Brayden Kelley needed an idea. Ideas are what entrepreneurs are all about. For this 14-year-old Fruita youngster, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, sponsored by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, was what got him hooked on the idea search. He brainstormed and considered a number of different concepts and then decided to take a break and head to his favorite fishing spot. As he was angling for an idea, the young angler found one as he rode his bike to go fishing at Snooks ...


Boating, fishing, OHV licenses, permits for ‘16-17 available

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations for boating, fishing, hunting and off-highway-vehicle use are available for 2016-17 at license agents, Parks and Wildlife offices and online at cpw.state.co.us. New fishing licenses for 2016 were required as of April 1 and are valid through March 31, 2017. A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Youth 15 and under are not required to purchase an annual license. However, if they plan to fish with a second ...


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The more things change…

By Joel L. Evans

For all of our modernism, much of what we do as fishermen hasn’t changed since the beginning of man. Maybe our intent has, but not so much the method. Today our intent is mainly recreation. For early man, the intent was mainly survival, as in eating. Actually that time was not that long ago. It wasn’t until the 1900s that fishing gathered momentum within the populous as a recreational pursuit. Why we do what we do today for recreation is different, but how we do it may not be ...


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Snowed in

By Dave Buchanan

When Ron Velarde stood before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission at its recent meeting in Denver, he made it clear February was a lifesaver for big game in parts of northwest Colorado. “February probably saved us (and) the deer and elk situation in the Northwest Region,” said Velarde, Northwest Region manager for Parks and Wildlife. “It’s interesting. You hear people say, ‘Did you even have a winter?’ And yes, we had a winter.” In what ...


Outside Briefs, April 2, 2016

By Staff

Limited, big-game license deadline is Tuesday Tuesday is the application deadline for the 2016 limited, big-game license draw. Applications can be submitted online or by mail (must be postmarked by midnight Tuesday). An approved hunter-education card or certificate is required to apply for or purchase a Colorado hunting license. Colorado honors hunter-education certifications from other states, countries and Canadian provinces. Read more or find a class at Parks and Wildlife’s ...


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