Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Price increase could be on way for non-resident big-game hunters

By Dave Buchanan

Non-resident big-game hunters will see a small jump in their 2014 licenses if the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approves the price increase next week. The commission is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday in Lamar. Other items on the extended agenda include adding tiger trout and cuttbow (a hybrid of rainbow and cutthroat trout) to the state’s list of game fish, setting either-sex moose hunts in two game units west of Hot Sulphur Springs and adopting the final version of ...


Sighting, hitting a bull elk two different things

By Staff

As Chris White and I slipped from thick brush into an aspen meadow in the predawn darkness, a bull elk bugled from a nearby knoll, stopping us in our tracks. We clicked off our headlamps and listened, hoping it would challenge us again. The day was Sept. 14, White’s final morning of his weeklong elk bowhunt in southeastern Idaho, but he said he’d gladly pay the rescheduling penalty for his flight home to Ohio if a bull made a fatal blunder before noon. When the bull bugled ...


Getting your lady to fish (with you)

By Staff

“You’re so lucky. I wish my wife would fish with me.” “My girlfriend is just not interested in fishing. I took her once, but she didn’t have a good time and won’t go again.” These are some of the messages imparted by gloomy guys who long for a lovingly shared life on the white caps of a roaring river, fishing from daybreak long into the dusky light.  Of course, there is an occasional man who has been introduced to fly fishing by a woman, ...

Enjoying the sport on their own terms

By Staff

For some real insight into why women take up fly fishing, get a copy of Barbara Klutinis’ DVD, “Stepping into the Stream.” This 43-minute video captures the spirit of women who enjoy the sport on their own terms. Klutinis is a former teacher of film studies at Skyline College and San Francisco State University. The majority of women begin fishing because their father or their spouse was an angler and got them interested, but men are not the reason women stay with the ...


Meet author of ‘Biggest Bucks and Bulls’

By Staff

Maybe you wonder how Susan Reneau came up with all those big bucks, bulls and other really large animals in her latest edition of “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls.” How about all those fascinating stories and the 1,000 or so photos doing their share to fatten this tome on hunting the biggest of the big game in Colorado? You can find out when she and co-author (and son) Richard Reneau come to town starting Oct. 28 for a swing-through-Grand Junction book-signing party ...


Trout don’t hibernate

By Special to the Sentinel

Perhaps the greatest question in life is: “Can I still get down the trails to the Gunnison, or has it snowed too much recently?” Coming in a close second is: “If I head over to the Roaring Fork on Saturday, will my favorite pullover already have a vehicle sitting there?” Such life-critical questions demand an answer only available with a lacing of the boots and a turn of the ignition key. Have you laced the boots or turned the key recently? Many consider fishing, ...

Reasons to buy Duck Stamp

By Dave Buchanan

Buying a Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp is a simple and direct way for people to contribute to grassland and wetland conservation. Here are a few more reasons to buy a stamp today. ■ Costing only $15, a Duck Stamp is perhaps the single simplest thing you can do to support a legacy of wetland and grassland conservation for birds. ■ Your purchase reaches out to more than 5.5 million acres. There are more than 560 individual National Wildlife Refuge units within the United States, ...


Duck Stamp provides key funds for conservation

By Dave Buchanan

If you think the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly called the Duck Stamp, is just for waterfowl hunters, think again. Whether you like to hunt, bird, photograph wildlife and scenery, collect stamps, or conserve habitat, you’ll want to purchase this stamp. When you buy a $15 Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, as much as $14.70 goes to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports wetland acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System. More than 250 of this ...


Phenomenal fall fishing

By Special to the Sentinel

Checking the calendar I see that fall is here. Checking the weather is less conclusive. Some days are hot like summer. Some days it rains. Some days the wind blows like spring. But the evenings are definitely cooler, and the daylight is shorter. “Seasons change, and so do I. You need not wonder why. You need not wonder why.” These lyrics from the rock song “No Time” by The Guess Who speak to both this season of the year and our own lives. The outdoors change, and ...

Hunters have responsibility to conduct themselves ethically

By Staff

Hunting is an integral part of wildlife management in Colorado. Although you are involved in an enjoyable recreational activity, remember you also are an active and important participant in managing big-game herds. With your license comes a responsibility to hunt and conduct yourself in an ethical manner. Please, take a few moments to answer the following questions. Then, remember the answers when you are out in the field: ■ Are your hunting actions providing a “fair ...


Politics take a fishy turn at Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Editor’s note: The on-going partial shutdown of the federal government is affecting anglers headed to Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which has been closed. The closure has caused the cancellation of this weekend’s Bullfrog Open fishing tournament. According to one source, the cancellation will affect concessionaires — including lodging, food and fuel purchased form competitors — by as much as $100,000. PAGE, Ariz. — Individual fish ...

Bill would open access to lands cut off to public

By Dave Buchanan

A New Mexico Senator has introduced legislation that directs federal efforts to improve hunting and angling access on currently inaccessible public lands. The Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures Act, or “HUNT Act,” introduced Sept. 21 by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asks federal agencies to inventory all public lands greater than 640 acres where hunting and fishing are legal but inaccessible with the goal of expanding access for members of the public. Any land ...


A black eye

By Dave Buchanan

In what at first sounds like something from the 1972 movie “Deliverance,” four South Carolina hunters recently were found guilty of using poison arrows to kill deer in Colorado. One of the four, George Plummer, told officers he had knew it was illegal but had been using drug-carrying arrows in Colorado for the past 20 years. And another of the quartet, James Cole used the lame defense that “everybody (in South Carolina) hunts with” poison ...

Tips can help bring poaching offenders to justice

By Dave Buchanan

Sometimes, even the smallest clue leads to a break in a poaching case. In several recent high-profile poaching cases in Colorado ­­— including the arrest of eight men from Michigan, Indiana and Colorado for extensive, multi-state illegal wildlife activity — the investigation began with a tip from the public, either directly to a wildlife officer or anonymously through Operation Game Thief. “Many poaching cases are brought to our attention by a concerned ...


Colorado Parks and Wildlife fighting game-law violators

By Dave Buchanan

To say Colorado Parks and Wildlife is concerned about the problem of poaching is an understatement. Through its Operation Game Thief anonymous tip line and its continued efforts at educating sportsmen and the general public, the agency finds itself waging a war against devious game-law violators. The arrest earlier this month of four men from South Carolina for poaching deer and other animals has prompted public discussion and debate about the importance of ethical hunting. It also ...


Latest edition of hunting stories reaffirms 
Colorado home to ‘Biggest Bucks and Bulls’

By Dave Buchanan

On the day after Christmas, 1997, Darryl Powell got himself a record-book mountain lion while archery hunting on Grand Mesa. Of course, it’s uncertain which hunter got the best of which, since the lion belatedly gained some revenge by sliding downhill into Powell and pushing him off a 50-foot cliff, his fall somewhat cushioned by a large spruce tree. “Man, I’m still hurting from that lion,” noted Powell during a conversation earlier this week from his taxidermy ...

Trophy book appeals to generations of hunters

By Dave Buchanan

When author Susan Reneau, most recently of Colorado Springs, decided to write this third and latest edition of “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls and other Great Colorado Big Game,” she turned to her son, Richard, for help. That’s probably fitting, since Susan was pregnant with Richard while writing the first edition of this popular book in 1981. “It’s a cool and unique thing in that I was pregnant with my third son when I wrote the first edition in ...


Dogs plus moose equals trouble

By Dave Buchanan

Just in case you were wondering, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is cautioning dog owners not to let their pets approach a moose. Although there are some people who understand that moose do not differentiate between dogs, coyotes and wolves, apparently there are some people who think Fido loves moose and vice versa. Since early spring, wildlife officers have responded to three human/moose conflicts, including two recent incidents in Grand Lake. In all three instances, dogs — both on- ...

As duck season opens, hunters hope they get perfectly ‘fowl’ weather

By Dave Buchanan

Waking to the sound of shotguns at first light along the Colorado River reminds many local residents the 2013-14 Pacific Flyway waterfowl season has begun. Despite the desert environs, waterfowling is a popular activity in the Grand Valley, and the handful of public hunting areas see a lot of use during the four-month season. Western Colorado has a split season for waterfowl. The first split began Saturday and goes through Oct. 9, and the second split goes from Nov. 2 through Jan. 26, ...

Meeker ranch offers rare chance to hunt private land

By Dave Buchanan

Deer and elk hunters holding a 2013 limited license for Game Management Unit 23 are eligible for one of nine private-property hunts this fall on the Miller Creek Ranch near Meeker. As part of some large-scale efforts to protect big-game habitat, local Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers reached an agreement with ranch owner Richard Bachmann to allow limited public hunting access in perpetuity on his 3,100-acre ranch, located in unit 23. “This is a very rare private-land hunting ...

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