Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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Western Slope ice finally freezing for eager anglers

By Dave Buchanan

CRAWFORD — Ice fishing. Ice. Fishing. It’s not quite what it sounds like, and yet, not too different either. All you need is the desire to catch fish — perhaps your biggest fish of the year — while spending a few hours outdoors when the temperature hovers somewhere south of double digits. “The winter!” wrote poet Robert Service. “The brightness that blinds, you, the white land locked tight as a drum ...” Ice fishing is the great ...


Dress warm, drift deep pools and fish for trout all winter

By Guest Columnist

By JOEL EVANS There came a time — years ago — I considered moving to some place where it was warmer in the winter. Just once that occurred to me. But I quickly reasoned that doing so would severely impair my opportunity to meet and greet trout. So I never brought it up to myself again. Wrongly so, some miscreants would argue that not catching trout in the winter is OK. Or they might mistakenly harbor the opinion that catching other kinds of fish in the winter is a ...

Wildlife commission seeks draft bear regulation

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Wildlife Commission today unanimously moved to have the Division of Wildlife develop a regulation prohibiting the hunting of bears in their dens. Division regulations manager Brett Ackerman told the commission the agency has received numerous comments on the issue, which is based on a November incident when a Craig hunter killed a bear in its den. The division will develop a draft regulation to be presented in March to the wildlife commission as the second of its three-step ...


Fly-tying series heats up for winter

By Dave Buchanan

You might want to sit down. It’s fly-tying season and you can’t do it standing up. Well, you can, but Dave Whitlock, Lefty Kreh and Helen Shaw are the few tiers I’ve known who could put thread to hook without a vise. Or a vice, if you’re really hooked on fly tying. The winter series of free fly-tying demonstrations heat up each Saturday through February at Western Anglers Fly Shop. This week, the talented Gail Doudy shares some of his secrets for fishing the ...

Rifle cancels ice-fishing tournament

By Dave Buchanan

A lack of sufficient ice has caused officials to cancel the 13th annual Rifle Gap Ice Fishing Tournament scheduled for Jan. 15-16 at Rifle Gap Reservoir. “We talked to the folks at (Rifle Gap State Park) and they said there wasn’t enough ice to safely put 600-plus fishermen out there,” said Nicole Simonds, event coordinator for the Rifle Chamber of Commerce. Anglers who already have paid their $35 registration fee can get a full refund or use the entry fee to purchase 10 ...


Warmer-than-usual temperatures putting damper on winter season

By Dave Buchanan

Recent weather patterns, including warm temperatures and even a bit of rain, have taken a big bite out of the ice fishing season. “Last year at Christmas I took my nephew out fishing on Corn Lake and we had 8 inches of ice,” said Steve Fisher at Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods. “You sure won’t find that now.” You might not find 8 inches anywhere in western Colorado below 10,000 feet. Last week’s Pineapple Express raised temperatures and dumped ...

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Hunting for antlers? Make sure you do it the correct, legal way

By Dave Buchanan

The stress of the holiday season is nothing compared to the winter stress on big game animals. Not only are deer, elk and pronghorn still weary from the rigors of breeding season, the animals face an ever-shrinking food supply just when they need the calories the most. Any added stress, including sometimes inadvertent and sometimes purposeful harassment by shed antler hunters, only makes survival that much more difficult. Maybe it’s the economy, maybe it’s the exercise, ...

Colorado’s big-game season so-so as weather fails to cooperate

By Dave Buchanan

If you’re busy still making that list and checking it twice, you might want to consider leaving something extra for Mother Nature. Maybe next year she’ll smile more kindly on big-game hunters. Colorado’s 2010 big-game season started slow, nearly got snowed out and then ended slow. Hunters in the early archery and muzzleloader seasons and the first combined season were greeted with near-summer temperatures and mostly blue skies. Which is fine if you’re looking ...


Hunt for 703-pound bear attracts amazement, criticism

By Dave Buchanan

When hunter Richard Kendall crawled into the darkness of a bear den in late November, he was prepared to face the largest black bear he had ever tracked. What he wasn’t prepared for was the 703-pound bear waiting for him or the firestorm that erupted after he left that den. Kendall, 55, of Craig, said he’s had years of experience hunting black bears in Colorado and after seeing the 8-inch-wide tracks left by this bear, knew he had a potential record on his ...

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Keys’ strong guidance helps Sapa complete Grand Slam of bighorn sheep hunting

By Dave Buchanan

Joe Keys has many good memories after more than two decades as a big-game guide and outfitter, but this November certainly stands out. Keys, who owns Keys Guide and Outfitting in Mesa, helped Montana hunter Dick Sapa harvest the first desert bighorn ram allowed a nonresident hunter from sheep unit S56 on Black Ridge. That game unit is bordered by Colorado Highway 141 and the Dolores River on the east and south, the Utah border on the west and the Colorado River on the north. “We ...

Aurora youth lands state-record smallmouth bass

By Dave Buchanan

Aurora Reservoir must be the place to go if you’re seeking a state-record fish. Just more than a month after 20-year-old Jessica Walton landed a state-record 43-pound channel catfish at the reservoir east of Denver, another Aurora youth has eclipsed the state’s mark for smallmouth bass. On Nov. 12, Conner Peitsmeyer, 11, caught a 20.75-inch smallmouth weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Conner was fishing with his dad Michael when the big fish bit. “We had caught quite a few ...

Disgraced Parker outfitter put profit before ethics in the hunting arena

By Dave Buchanan

A series of missteps by an outfitter from Parker has resulted in him paying fines in excess of $13,000 after pleading guilty to illegally hunting deer in eastern Colorado. In addition, outfitter Tom Tietz, 56, faces two years of supervised probation and lifetime loss of his hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 34 other member states in the Wildlife Violator’s Compact. According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Tietz was paid $5,000 from each of three clients in 2008. ...

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Elk, deer remain elusive through third big-game season

By Dave Buchanan

Hunters may remember this latest big-game season as a season of two seasons. When the third installment of the 2010 big-game season ended at dusk Sunday, hunters had to weather yet another winter storm warning to get out of the hills. In contrast, at the beginning of the nine-day season hunters were dealing with 60-degree days and faint prospects of using those new snow tires. The mix of weather was enough to change hunting strategies several times and hunters lucky or prescient enough ...


Youths can go wild over turkey this year

By Dave Buchanan

Can you say “Thanksgiving turkey?” The Division of Wildlife can, and is offering a special youth-only fall turkey hunt starting Saturday in selected units around southwest Colorado. The hunt is open to all Colorado hunters under age 18. Licenses are available at any license agent or DOW office. Youngsters holding a unfilled turkey tag from the regular season can use that tag to go hunting again. Each hunter must be accompanied by a non-hunting mentor who is 18 or older and ...

East Portal Road closed for winter

By Staff

Icy conditions from the latest round of winter storms have moved the Bureau of Reclamation to close the East Portal Road for the winter. The road, reached from the South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, provides access to the Gunnison River and Crystal Dam within the Curencanti National Recreation Area. The road will reopen next spring when road and weather conditions allow. For more information, contact Ted Dunn at (970) 240-6300.  ...


Blind hunter sights in opportunity to take a buck

By Dave Buchanan

After cautiously waiting and watching the shadows grow light, the buck mule deer slowly stepped out of the trees. Vance Wilson turned his head and whispered, “He’s out now, I think we’ll get a shot.” Darrel Chapman, sitting next to Wilson in front of a large pinyon tree, barely tilted his head at Wilson’s voice. “Stand up and get ready,” Wilson said, and the two men rose together, Chapman mounting the rifle on a tripod stand. At the sound, the ...

Struggling economy leads to closure of popular fly shop in Montrose

By Dave Buchanan

With no more splash than a mayfly landing on a pond, veteran guide and fly shop retailer Bob Burke quietly closed the doors in September on a 20-year venture with Cimarron Creek Fly Shop in Montrose. The surprise end (at least to those of us not in the retail business) to one of western Colorado’s premier fly fishing shops emphasizes the economic doldrums plaguing the region. Burke was one of the more-knowledgeable shop owners in Colorado, particularly when it came to the Gunnison ...

Outreach program offers two private-land hunts

By Dave Buchanan

Thanks to the generosity of two Meeker area ranchers, six lucky hunters this fall will be hunting deer and elk on private land for free. The hunts, offered through the Division of Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, include a private-land youth deer hunt for hunters 12–18 years old. The hunt will happen during the fourth rifle season, Nov. 17–21, and applicants must not already have a 2010 deer license. The second hunt is a private-land cow elk hunt on the 2,900-acre ...


Quick taste of winter leaves hunters empty handed

By Dave Buchanan

Blaze-orange hunting shorts, anyone? What began as a promising and very wintry start to the 2010 big-game season eased noticeably last week and took with it many hunters’ hopes. It didn’t help that hunters were battling a full moon and suddenly speechless elk, but mid-day temperatures hovering above 40 degrees might have been the final insult. There’s not much change in the short-term forecast, with mostly clear skies and temperatures above 7,000 feet expected to top ...

Gray wolf in northern Rockies relisted under ESA

By Staff

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reinstated federal protection under the Endangered Species Act for the gray wolf in most of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The reinstatement complies with a District of Montana court order of Aug. 5. Under the regulation, gray wolf populations in the northern half of Montana, the northern panhandle of Idaho, the eastern third of Washington and Oregon, and north-central Utah as considered endangered. The ruling also reinstates the designation of the ...

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