Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Veteran angler reveals secrets to fall fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley

By Dave Buchanan

October offers more choices than brilliant leaves, brisk mornings and big-game hunting. The change of seasons affects fish and fishermen, making the former more aggressive (particularly the fall-spawning brown and brook trout), which in turn makes the latter more aggressive, particularly when chasing the large trout stocking up on winter calories. The Roaring Fork Valley, which for our purposes includes the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, Crystal and Colorado rivers, offers an angler several ...


Rifle hunters lucky to spot elk on public land

By Dave Buchanan

This week’s lowering skies and the layering of high-country snow that often accompanies them come at an auspicious time for hunters. The first of four rifle seasons opened Saturday, and hunters leaving the lowlands Friday should have been prepared for sloppy roads and unseasonable temperatures. They also might want to be on the look out for elk, because in some places only early season hunters have the certitude of seeing elk. Studies in the Bears Ears and White River areas of ...


Senators take aim at improving public shooting areas

By Dave Buchanan

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall (D-Boulder) and Idaho Sen. Jim Risch (R-Boise) are co-sponsoring a bill that aims to improve and create more public shooting ranges for gun owners and sportsmen. Titled “The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act,” the legislation would allow states to allocate a greater proportion of the federal Pittman-Robertson funds for recreational shooting and target practice.  The Pittman-Robertson Act is a sportsman-driven fund began in ...


A trip to Lake Powell is always a good idea

By Dave Buchanan

Sometimes, it’s OK to be forgotten. When TV documentarian Ken Burns forgot (or perhaps simply overlooked) Lake Powell for his stunning six-part documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” he missed what so many of us already know: Lake Powell is a vision to behold amidst a land of extremes. No one tires of seeing sun-burnt slickrock cliffs slip into blue-green waters, the song of canyon wrens echoing along isolated canyons and finding that special spot ...


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Students get hands-on lessons in fly fishing, outdoor adventures

By Dave Buchanan

A little fish can make a big difference in a young adult’s life. At least that’s the premise of a well-received program involving volunteers from the Grand Valley Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and students from Grand Junction-area high schools, including Sandy Story’s’ Lifetime Activities class at Grand Junction High School. The class that’s not your ordinary high school class begins with sessions on fly-tying and introductory fly casting, two skills ...


Colorado. One name, endless destinations.

By Special to the Sentinel

By JOEL L. EVANS Special to The Daily Sentinel Colorado. One name, endless destinations. A lifetime of exploring the backcountry might not be enough. Even if one were to limit their adventure list to just the blue lines on the map, the fisherman would still be short on time and long on a bucket list of waters yet to experience. Such was my recent choice of blue for a weekend — my way of saying that I got out the map, focusing on blue river lines and blue lake dots. Longing for a ...


Briefs: Outdoors Sept. 13, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

Mountain lion meetings set The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host two meetings about the upcoming mountain lion season and ongoing mountain lion research in game management units 61, 62 and 70 on the south end of the Uncompahgre Plateau. These are not general information meetings but are strictly for mountain lion hunters. Discussions will include quotas, season dates, a permit system for research and how hunters may participate in the research. Meetings are Sept. 16 in Montrose ...


It all adds up to final long weekend of outdoor activity

By Dave Buchanan

The date is 09-09-09, which adds to 27, and two plus seven is nine. While auspicious simply for the numeric parallel, today might be especially of interest to numerologists, who remind us that there are nine Supreme Court justices, Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, a round of golf is nine holes and baseball features nine-person teams playing nine-inning games. And this is the ninth month, a time when we are shifting away from the long days of summer to activities fitting into the days ...


Multiple factors will cause seasonal changes to Blue Mesa mussel inspection program

By Dave Buchanan

Lower water levels, fewer boaters and a reduction in staffing will bring changes this month to the mussel inspection program at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Connie Rudd, superintendent of Curecanti National Recreation Area, announced the following changes: •  Stevens Creek boat ramp will be closed to boat launching and retrieval beginning Tuesday (Sept. 8). The campground will remain open; •  Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramp hours will be 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. beginning ...


Lions are here

By Staff

A woman walking her dog Wednesday morning reported seeing a mountain lion in the area of 33 and C roads, near a school bus stop, said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. “The lion was about 70 yards away,” sitting near a heavily used deer trail, Hampton said. An officer from the DOW responded, but was unable to find the cat or any tracks. But from the woman’s description of the animal, “He thinks it probably was a lion,” Hampton ...


Flies left behind offer lesson on how to fish small streams

By Dave Buchanan

GUNNISON — “I smell smoke,” said my companion, skirting a narrow ledge, climbing hand-over-hand toward the small cave still 200 feet above us. “Do you see a fire?” Curiosity, I guess, compelling us to leave the comforting stream way below, its slip of water like a ribbon of mercury draped amidst folds of green, scaling a lichen-covered rock wall to a dark hole in the sky. As we climbed, the smoke became noticeably stronger and when we finally looked out from ...


little practice makes for a perfect hunt

By Dave Buchanan

Practice makes perfect, and when it comes to hunting, perfect means some meat in the freezer. Dust the cobwebs off Ol’ Betsy and treat her to an hour on the sight-in range before you go hunting. Making sure you can hit what you’re aiming at is the best guarantee of hunting success, not to mention saving yourself a few bucks for not illegally shooting a moose. There are several free public shooting ranges about the Western Slope and several of the local private ranges ...


Lower flows on Gunnison River benefit recreational users as well as fisheries studies

By Dave Buchanan

With the power plant at Crystal Dam operating at full capacity (approximately 2,100 cubic feet per second)  all summer, Blue Mesa Reservoir has dropped to 86 percent full, allowing the Bureau of Reclamation to conserve reservoir space and reduce flows into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. As of Monday, releases from Crystal Reservoir have been reduced by 100 cfs each day through Thursday, resulting in flows through the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge of 700 to 800 cfs. An ...


As summer winds to a close, the hatch chase leads to White River

By Dave Buchanan

MEEKER — Late August brings a faint sense of ending, a pending culmination of a summer’s worth of intensity winding down into soft afternoons of slanting light amid shades of red and orange. Since mid-April we’ve chased hatches, from the earliest Blue-winged Olives in Flaming Gorge to June’s salmonflies on the Gunnison and July’s near-dark explosions of Green Drakes on the Fryingpan. In between there were clouds of caddis on the Animas River, midges ...


Pintail duck season starts Sept. 26

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_f8DKmMboDc').innerHTML = output; //]]> Ahem. Well, yes. Let’s hope other hunters read the 2009 waterfowl hunting regulations as well as several faithful readers who pointed out a mistake in Sunday’s story about the recovery of pintail ...


Aurora fisherman breaks state catfish record

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_eko7rq1UaE').innerHTML = output; //]]> Outdoors news and notes: • Catfish mark set by Aurora angler: The state catfish record was reset July 26 when Mike Stone of Aurora caught a 35-pound channel catfish at Aurora Reservoir. Stone’s catch ...


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Day spent at Highline is about more than the fishing

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_uYHZRyYGCn').innerHTML = output; //]]> LOMA — On one of those of soft summer mornings seemingly made for father-son outings, Joe Shipley and his son Jacob were doing just that. The Shipley pere et fils were busy catfishing, although ...


Briefs: OUT Archery July 30, 2009

By Staff

Special archery hunts offered by DOW • Several limited-access archery hunts for deer are being offered this fall by the Colorado Division of Wildlife on three state wildlife areas around Grand Junction. The hunts will be on lands owned by the DOW, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association. Special access permits will be available by application to hunters possessing a valid archery deer license in game management unit 40 (Grand Junction Wildlife ...


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Tri-Lakes forces title game in must-win

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By PATRICK BAHR and SENTINEL STAFF .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_IWBnrzl6hF').innerHTML = output; //]]> It was win or go home for Tri-Lakes. The circumstances set up an intense 10-11-year-old boys Little League state championship game between Orchard Mesa and Tri-Lakes that carried the feeling ...


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Fishing the Fryingpan is perfect in mid-summer, even when it rains

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_pxn02WdnDN').innerHTML = output; //]]> BASALT — You don’t need a closing bell on the Fryingpan River when a thunderstorm sticks its dark head over Basalt Mountain. The first few rain drops are enough to clear the river of any casual ...


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