Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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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 ...

Outside Briefs, Jan. 7, 2017

By Staff

Recent winter snow storm adds fresh powder to ski resorts in Colorado Thanks to a powerful winter storm, the new year is off to a great start at a number of Colorado Ski Country USA ski and snowboard area. The highest snowfall total of 35 inches fell at Monarch Mountain as of Saturday morning. Thirty inches have fallen at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and 29 inches at Wolf Creek Ski Area. Steamboat Springs saw a fresh 22 inches of snow, and Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area saw 21 ...

Outside briefs: Organizations team up for Christmas Bird Count

By Staff

Organizations team up for Christmas Bird Count The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society and the Bureau of Land Management are teaming up to conduct this year’s Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. It will be the 116th anniversary of the count, which has provided valuable information throughout the world to help scientists monitor the health of bird populations. “We are encouraging anyone interested, regardless of experience, to help us with the count,” said ...


Beauty with a cost

By Dale Shrull

For being such a pretty site, it’s not a pretty picture. The picture being painted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials is looking rather dire. For several months now, CPW discussions have centered on the uncertain future of the agency, hunting and fishing issues, and now, the future of Colorado’s 42 state parks. It’s a simple issue: Money and more specifically, not enough of it to fund the future of the growing needs of the state parks. At a recent public meeting ...


Super fish at Superfly

By Dave Buchanan

Early November and it might as well be mid-October if you’re trying to figure out the weather patterns prior to a day outdoors. Anglers are looking askance at suggestions of putting aside their graphite rods and instead go shuffling through the brush and dried grasses of the high country in pursuit of elk. Why bother with blazing your way through the mountains when the days still are conducive to standing in a stream, picking though fly boxes, searching for something to match the ...

Train to Hunt regional, national event coming in summer

By Staff

Train to Hunt is coming to Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission recently announced that the Train to Hunt regional qualifier and national competition will be held at Powderhorn next summer. The regional qualifier will take place on June 24. The national championships take place from July 8–9. Train to Hunt is a national organization dedicated to extending wellness and improving the performance of hunters through intense exercise programs. It ...


November Fish Tails

By Joel L. Evans

November. In our current Julian calendar, November is the 11th month. But not always so. The Romans considered it the 9th month. In Latin, the word for nine is novem. Yes, I looked that up. So I don’t know if the Romans fished all that much. Maybe the rich people went for fun and everybody else fished for food. But what I do know is that if they didn’t go fishing in November, they missed out. Which is to say, don’t you miss out! But where? The high country is headed for ...

Parks and Wildlife investigating abandoned bull elk carcasses

By Staff

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating a pair of big-game incidents. A bull elk carcass was dumped along Ute Pass Road near mile marker three, north of Silverthorne. CPW learned about the carcass on Oct. 6 and is asking the public for help identifying the person responsible. According to District Wildlife Manager Elissa Knox, the elk had been field dressed, quartered and placed in game bags; however, one rear quarter, a backstrap and the head and antlers were missing. The ...


‘The dude won’t quit’

By Dave Buchanan

The spoiler version of Matt and Darryl’s 2016 Colorado hunting trip goes like this: Darryl spots deer, Matt shoots deer, time to celebrate. That, however, is just the large print in the ongoing story of two long-time friends and their outdoor adventures. The fact that Air Force veteran Matt Teasdale of Lake Gaston, N.C., this fall bagged his second blackpowder Colorado mule deer in three years is interesting enough, as is his ability matching the boundless optimism voiced by ...


Bucket list blues

By Joel L. Evans

Some things in life are backwards. If you have a bucket list — many people do — then you probably started making your list later in life. Or else you are too young to think about it much yet. Seems like we should make our list when we are young. That way, one has time to get it done rather than it being a more urgent matter in our senior years. A bucket list could be long — very long. Why wouldn’t everyone want to do everything? So really, for an idea to actually ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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