Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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BLM extends comment period for Bangs Canyon trails

By Staff

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period through Dec. 22 on more than 21 miles of new trails proposed for Bangs Canyon. Under the proposal, the BLM would design and construct eight trails available for motorcyclists, mountain bikers, ATV, Jeep and rock crawling, horseback riding and hiking. Proposed trail maps along with the environmental assessment are available on the BLM Grand Junction Field Office website at ...


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Going wild

By Dave Buchanan

As we slide into the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s offer a shout-out to the wild turkey, a bird as much a survivor as the most indomitable Mayflower Pilgrim, and today certainly more numerous. And unlike those original Pilgrims, wild turkeys are true natives of North America, with at least one of the five species (Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande, Merriam’s and Gould’s) found in every state except Alaska. Colorado has two species —the Merriam’s, the most widely ...


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Bird’s-eye view of habits of anglers on Gunnison

By Dave Buchanan

AUSTIN — The high trail that follows the Gunnison River upstream from the Pleasure Park and the confluence with the North Fork offers hikers a bird’s-eye view of the river. Sunday, the view also revealed a winter storm spreading like gray wool across Grand Mesa, with curtains of snow hanging between clouds and earth. Midway through November, the weather is climate-change mild, allowing a hiker to pause and study how some anglers approach their day of recreation. Of the few ...


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Get out, be thankful for our opportunities

By Dave Buchanan

This week’s Outside Connection is about giving thanks for something many of you do every day. Give thanks this week and every week for the outdoors recreation we enjoy year-round, from the world-class fishing, hunting, biking, Serpents Trail-hiking, river-running, mountain climbing, backcountry camping, birding, dog-training, desert-ratting, ATV-riding, skiing, lake-swimming, paddle-boarding, four-wheeling and snowmobiling to all those other pursuits you dream about but never seem ...


Wildlife officers seek aid in solving moose killings

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for killing a cow moose and her two calves Wednesday in an empty lot within Mountain Shadows Estates, a subdivision located on County Road 6421 between Granby and Grand Lake. A witness hunting near the site that morning said that between 8-10 a.m. he heard several shots fired in rapid succession. The witness says he found the cow and a calf dead, the other calf ...


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Hunters like snow, but not quite that much

By Dave Buchanan

Hunters, it should be noted, might be the only people other than skiers and boarders not perturbed by the weekend storm. The lingering mild weather and a full moon conspired against hunters for the first three weeks of the rifle big-game season, but Saturday all that changed. Although the heavy snows convinced some hunters to head home early, there were plenty of hunters happy to see the change in what’s been a frustrating month of late fall. “It’s been pretty ...


East Portal Road closed for winter

By Staff

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday the closing of the East Portal Road due to icy conditions. The road, located east of Montrose, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Crystal Dam. The road will reopen next spring as weather conditions permit. For more information, contact Ted Dunn, 970-240-6300.  ...


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Changing moon improves fishing at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,619 asl Water Temperature 69-74 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., Oct. 9 – The full moon has faded and fishing success is responding accordingly. Stripers were absent from anglers creels in the southern lake last week while fish enjoyed bright nights but they have now returned to full daytime activity. Before the bright moon Warm Creek and Navajo Canyon were the most successful southern striper fishing spots. With water temperatures falling, it appears ...


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Highline Lake State Park switches its opportunities with the calendar

By Dave Buchanan

Recreation takes a seasonal turn this week at Highline Lake State Park with the Oct. 1 closure of the lake to boating. During the fall and winter, the lake becomes a refuge for migrating and over-wintering waterfowl and sees an influx of hunters, wildlife watchers and hikers and bikers taking advantage of the park’s hard-packed hike and bike trail. Waterfowl hunters are restricted to using one of the seven designated blinds on the north end of the lake. Jump-shooting waterfowl is ...


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Ready to stock up on rainbow trout

By Dave Buchanan

A gift horse sometimes comes with a trout. After a July rainstorm washed tons of debris and silt into the upper Colorado River upstream of Dotsero and subsequently killed nearly every fish in that stretch of the river, Colorado Parks and Wildlife saw the event as an opportunity to improve the fishery. Tuesday morning, Parks and Wildlife biologists and other employees began stocking what they said were “several thousand” whirling disease-resistant rainbow trout in the river ...


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Cutthroat trout going native in waters of its past

By Dave Buchanan

A plan to increase the range of native cutthroat trout in the San Juan Mountains has accomplished a critical step with the recent stocking of 250 cutthroat trout in Woods Lake southwest of Telluride. Woods Lake, located in the headwaters basin of Fall Creek, was selected for the restoration project because of it remoteness and pristine waters, said Dan Kowalski, an aquatic researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Montrose. “There are only a few spots in western Colorado ...


“State of the Moose” meeting set for Oct.10

By Special to the Sentinel

Western Colorado residents are invited to a public presentation on the state of the Grand Mesa moose population, and the current status of the relocation project that brought them here, at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region Office in Grand Junction. Based on the latest moose population estimates of around 300 animals, wildlife managers say that the relocation project can be considered a great success. “The project has gone far better than we ...


Fall brings time of changes, including year’s final fishing report

By Special to the Sentinel

Information for Anglers THIS IS THE LAST SEASONAL REPORT FOR THE SEASON Oct. 4 – This is the final fishing seasonal fishing report for the 2012 season. Colorado Parks and Wildlife appreciates all of the anglers, park managers, biologists and wildlife managers who took time to send us fishing information to pass along this year. Look for some exciting changes coming before next spring, including an interactive map-based fishing application that a team of really smart people are ...


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Stripers and bass make fishing ‘otherworldly’ at Lake Powell

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,621 asl Water Temperature 73-77 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., Sept. 27 – Surface water temperature is now in a slow downward spiral. Nights are enjoyably cool with warm temperatures during the day. A weather front and temperature drop disrupted fishing success for a couple of days this week but it was mostly a readjustment in timing. Some areas that had enjoyed a good morning bite now had better fishing in the evening. Fishing is still good but it may ...


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Hunting turkey worth a little bit of misery

By Staff

Editor’s note: This is the second in The Daily Sentinel’s occasional series of reader-submitted hunting stories. I grew up in a hunting family, and I had friends who enjoyed the sport, but it was always a gender-specific activity. The boys went out hunting, and the girls stayed home and enjoyed other more feminine passions. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy those, too, but I have come to discover that I was missing out on something that was much more challenging, fulfilling ...


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No bull — Moose hunt with a muzzleloader

By Dave Buchanan

Leaving the conversation hanging mid-sentence, Darryl Powell decided to prove a point. “Man, you know I’m not superstitious or anything like that,” he said with a laugh while flourishing an empty beer can, green with a red ribbon and a familiar silhouette on the label. “But for a month before my hunt, I only drank Moosehead beer. “Now, that’s a Canada moose and not a Shiras, but doesn’t mine look sort of like that?” he asked, admiring the ...


State fishing report – Fish kill reported at North Sterling State Park

By Special to the Sentinel

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 Information for Anglers LOW WATER LEADS TO FISH KILL AT NORTH STERLING STATE PARK – Due to low water levels and oxygen deprivation, North Sterling State Park has suffered a nearly complete fish kill. North Sterling State Park employees began seeing a few dead fish on top of the water on Saturday, Sept. 15. By Tuesday, Sept. 18 dead fish littered the entire south and east shorelines of the reservoir. Due to the species and the number of fish found, this ...


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Tropical day-dreams on order at balmy Lake Powel

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Elevation: 3,622 asl Water Temperature 75-78 F http://www.wayneswords.com PAGE, Ariz., Sept. 21 –  Lake level decline has slowed and weather is similar to that imagined for a dream vacation to a tropical island.  It’s warm in the day time and delightfully cool at night with only a gentle breeze occasionally breaking up the flat calm reflecting pool of Lake Powell. Yes it’s really nice down here right now. Fishing patterns are essentially the same with ...


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Powder Puff

By Dave Buchanan

For a woman not much taller than the black-powder rifle she shoots, Shirley Jarvis of Grand Junction certainly stands tall on the firing line. During the National Rifle Association’s 2012 Black Powder Target Rifle Championships at Raton, N.M., Jarvis outshot her competitors to claim eight gold medals in the sharpshooter mid-range competition. “I was really surprised I did so well,” said Jarvis, still a bit shocked by her performance, during a recent conversation. ...


Fishing Report – Fall best time for northern pike

By Special to the Sentinel

Information for Anglers FALL FISHING TIPS FOR NORTHERN PIKE Fall is one of the best times of the year to fish for northern pike. As water temperatures begin to cool, the pike will move into shallower, warmer water. Look for water that is 3-10 feet in depth and fish the edges of weed beds, submerged logs and close to brush piles. Sight fishing for pike can be very productive, with fish over 30 inches not being uncommon. Unlike many species of fish, pike do not school up; but typically, ...


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