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North Platte thrills

By Dave Buchanan

WALDEN — This bear failed to go over the mountain. Instead, the hard-charging animal turned with a loud huff and came running downhill at an angle to intercept our boats. As the bear rapidly closed the gap, just as rapidly, the 6-weight graphite fly rod in my hands seemed to shrink. Only after fishing guide Royce Olney let out a piercing whistle did the animal take a hard left, covering another 50 yards along the bank before disappearing into thick willows. “Wow, I think he ...


Outside Briefs, July 1, 2017

By Staff

Fishing Annual bass-fishing event runs July 7-30 in Ridgway The third annual smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgway State Park is scheduled for July 7-30. There is no entry fee and anglers will vie for more than $8,000 in prizes. The more smallmouth bass anglers catch the better their chances of winning prizes. Anglers get a raffle ticket for every smallmouth they catch. The top prize is a 14-foot Tracker fishing boat with trailer, a 25-horsepower outboard engine, life jackets and a ...


Shedding light on Black Canyon

By Joel L. Evans

The Rocky Mountains give birth to many creeks, streams, and rivers, but few of them are legendary. Legendary rivers earn their reputation, and the Gunnison River has a reputation that is unquestionably deserved. For decades, the Gunnison River in western Colorado has consistently produced wild trout that will curl a rod and churn a reel. Born out of the high country snowpack of the Colorado peaks, the Gunnison grows from a trickle to a roar by the time it pounds its way through a canyon ...


Exhausted, but exhilarated

By Dale Shrull

Dan Meade and Ryan Wharton were breathing hard as they reached the final target. A quick look through his range-finder and Meade barked “24 yards!” He pulled the string on his bow, his right-side shoulder muscles and biceps rippling. Then a fluid release and the arrow zipped into the bighorn sheep model target with a “thump.” “Good shot!” Wharton said, then took his shot, and the same “thump” could be heard. “Nice shot, let’s ...

Outside briefs, June 24, 2017

By Staff

Highline Lake offers programs for all ages Highline Lake State Park’s “Oasis in the High Desert” outdoor program is underway and will continue until July 26. The program will be held every Wednesday and is for kids ages 5- 12 years old. The Kid’s Outdoor Adventures is a program for youngsters to experience nature. “You’ll need water, snacks, some good hiking shoes and be ready for adventure,” Highline Lake State Park Interpreter Danielle ...



By Joel L. Evans

Once a year a great day dawns. Once a year there is a fishing day for which there is no excused absence. Then it’s gone for 364 more days. Consider your lifetime. When something is in great supply and available readily, we tend to value it less — we can seemingly always get more. Narrow that to a once-a-year event. Assume some number of years you might live, then discount for the childhood years and the senior years when you might not be able to take advantage of the outdoors. ...

GJ youngsters honored to participate in Justin Burns Memorial Hunts

By Staff

A pair of young hunters recently were selected to participate in the first two Justin Burns Memorial Hunts. The recognition was part of a brief ceremony at a recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Grand Junction. The hunt is named in honor of a 14-year-old from Palisade killed in a tragic accident while hunting with his father on Grand Mesa in 2015. By living up to the ideals and character of the hunt’s namesake, both boys earned the opportunity to hunt cow elk on ...


Invasive mussel infestations a big concern for Colorado

By Staff

The aggressive aquatic nuisance species inspection program operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been successful in keeping quagga and zebra mussels out of the state. Waters in several surrounding states, however, are infested with mussels and that is a serious problem for Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues to be successful in keeping quagga and zebra mussels out of the state. Boats entering the state from Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Utah have been ...



By Dave Buchanan

The initial plan was to find something new to open the 2017 fishing season with. Which, in a roundabout way, shows how little I’ve been fishing lately, since we all know the year-round Colorado fishing season never actually ends but only tasks us to purchase a new annual license each April 1. The idea of something new to greet the summer was curious but not entirely sufficient, at least when it came to parsing ideas for what’s new in the world of fishing. That goes ...



By Joel L. Evans

PAGOSA SPRINGS — The word “remote,” according to some dictionaries, is a place situated far from the main centers of population or distant from others. Well, sort of. I suppose that is relative. What is considered a densely populated area to some might be insignificant to others. What is distant to some might be just around the corner to others. For many Americans, western Colorado as a whole could be considered remote. But as a resident of western Colorado, I tend ...

Bill to hike hunting, fishing fees advances in House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Nearly every license, fee and penalty charged by Colorado Parks and Wildlife could go up by as much as 50 percent under a bill that won approval in a House committee on Monday. While the bill itself doesn’t increase fees, it does give the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission the authority to do so as it pleases, at least to a point. The measure, HB1321, establishes caps on the increases, and includes a new fee on all boats over 10 feet in length whether they are ...

Predator reduction plan hits resistance

By Dennis Webb

Conservation groups have sued a federal agency in connection with a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to reduce bear and lion numbers to study the effect on mule deer, after one of the groups previously sued CPW over the matter. WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity have brought the new action against Wildlife Services, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They’re challenging the agency’s overall carnivore-killing program in Colorado, ...



By Dave Buchanan

On a gentle, spring morning a decade or so ago, Denny Breer pushed his fishing dory into the dam-controlled flows of Utah’s Green River and settled into the rower’s seat. We were headed down the “A” section of the Green, that eight-mile reach of bright water below Flaming Gorge Dam that ends at Little Hole and understandably each year attracts the majority of the Green’s thousands of fly anglers. This is because of the section’s proximity to a paved ...

Outdoor Briefs, March 25, 2017

By Staff

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 ...


Activites abound for upcoming outdoor expo

By Joel L. Evans

Remember the story of the three bears? Do we even tell that story anymore? Well anyway, recall that their porridge was either too hot or too cold or just right. Maybe we could relate to it better today if we changed it from porridge to coffee at the driveup. Spring fishing in Colorado can be like that. Say you are out for a day to test the fishing at a lake. Your buddy wants to put in with his float tube, but the water is too cold. So instead, he walks around to the other side of the ...

Outside Briefs, March 4, 2017

By Staff

Hunting Turkey hunting clinic set for March 28 Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a one-night only ‘Turkey Hunting 101’ clinic at 6 p.m. 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. There is no fee for the class and pre-registration is required. Click on ...

Outside briefs, Feb. 25, 2017

By Staff

Learning opportunity for young, 
inexperienced hunters available Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering six inexperienced young hunters an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable mentors during a spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker. The hunt, which will be held April 8-9, is part of the CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program. Novice youth hunters are encouraged to apply. However, those that have no prior hunting experience, have special family circumstances or have ...


Learning from the locals

By Joel L. Evans

Top Ten this, Top Ten that … it seems like we are always making lists of the best of the best. Commonly reviewed are the best retirement communities, the best ski resorts, the best restaurants. Well, fishing is no different. Many notable streams grace our American landscape, from the historic eastern streams to the vast and tumbling rivers of the west. Western Colorado has some of the finest trout fishing to be had anywhere. Commonly included on the Top-Ten list of trout streams ...


A nose for the law

By Staff

Many things have changed in the Colorado’s great outdoors over the years. Some things have stayed the same. “Twenty years ago, the agency had 135 wildlife officers,” Area 14 District Wildlife Manager Philip Gurule said. “Today we have 135 wildlife officers, but what has Colorado’s population done in that time?” It’s essentially increased by 2 million people and many of those people participate in outdoor recreation, including hunting — ...


A clear road to ice fishing

By Joel L. Evans

To a driver on a winter road, a sheet of ice is not only undesirable, it is dangerous. In extreme cases, the road becomes impassable. Or to another extreme, in some northern climates — as evidenced by a television show — truckers use temporarily frozen waterways to their advantage to make deliveries. Ice fishing is sort of like that television show. Lakes that freeze over in the winter become the highway, providing access to the lake with no need for lanes or turn ...

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