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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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

Outside briefs, March 5, 2016

By Staff

Fishing regulations open house Thursday in Rifle Get the scoop on Colorado’s new fishing regulations at an open house in Rifle. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have an Angler Open House from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, South Event Hall. Agency managers and biologists will be at the meeting to answer questions and provide information.   Boat ramp will open Friday in Ridgway   The boat ramp at Ridgway State Park is ...


Fishing’s sweet season

By Joel L. Evans

Some states close the fishing season for the winter. They have their reasons, I suppose. Not so in Colorado. Thankfully there is not “a” season in Colorado. Instead, there are several seasons from which to choose and experience. For trout fishing, most would say summer is the best. Can’t argue with that. Summer weather is great, the high country is accessible, fish behavior is predictable. I would agree. But, I like spring. Spring is the sweet spot. Spring is short but ...

Next Sportsmen’s Roundtable meeting is Monday

By Staff

Hunters and anglers interested in expressing ideas and concerns to their representatives on the Sportsmen’s Roundtable will have that opportunity during a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will attend to update sportsmen about recent issues and answer questions about a variety of hunting and fishing topics. In addition to regular business, attendees will have the opportunity to nominate and vote to ...

Rocky Mtn. Foundation focused on elk country

By Dale Shrull

The Grand Junction chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a busy bunch. Every year, the local chapter is a fundraising machine, and 2015 was no exception. In 2015, the Grand Junction chapter raised more than $572,000 to rank second for all chapters in the nation. The Colorado chapters raised more than $1.7 million in 2015. Over its 28 years, the local chapter has raised more than $4.48 million, making it the first chapter in Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation history to break the ...

American Dipper like a bird, and a fish

By Meredith Swett Walker

Of all of our local bird species, the American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) is the oddest in my mind. This small songbird doesn’t have bold, unusual plumage or a boisterous, strange song. The drab, low-profile Dipper is remarkable because it is a bird that thinks it is a trout. The American Dipper was formerly known as the “water ouzel.” Like many birds, the Dipper eats insects, but it specializes in aquatic insects — that are still underwater. ...

Officials worried about wildlife

By Staff

The most recent dose of snow and frigid temperatures has created some of the harshest conditions in the state during the past 35 years, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers in the state’s Northwest Region. Temperatures consistently have dropped below zero degrees, and deep snow limits big game’s access to available forage. Parks and Wildlife officials are concerned the extreme winter conditions could lead to increased wildlife mortality in portions of the region ...


Winter warmup

By Joel L. Evans

It’s summer in the southern hemisphere and all of the fishermen, fishing guides and outdoor retail stores are doing a big business, I suppose. Sort of like our local ski areas here in the winter. So, speaking of here, what are the local fishermen, guides and shops doing now that the fishing opportunities are diminished? Notice I said less, not none. There are some winter fishing destinations such as the lower Gunnison or the Frying Pan or the hard water for those of that mind, ...

Antler hunters reminded to follow rules

By Staff

Antler hunters reminded to follow rules Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind hunters of shed antlers that new restrictions will be strictly enforced on public lands in portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Routt counties. The restrictions were approved by the Parks and Wildlife Commission last year to reduce the significant disturbance of big-game animals struggling to survive after a long winter. These limits are in effect on public lands in game-management units 25, 26, 35, ...

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