Outdoors - Hunting and Fishing

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OUT: Lake Powell Fishing Report September 25, 2008

By Wayne Gustaveson

Lake Powell Report Sept. 19 Lake Elevation: 3,627 msl Water Temp: 77-79 F Striped bass have apparently gone on a two-week vacation. Fishing for the normally voracious predators has been uncharacteristically quiet. The culprit seems to be living the high life for most of the summer. Stripers are fat and apparently content to coast for a while on the reserves they stored during the easy days of summer. Shad are still abundant, but some schools are moving to the backs of coves. This is ...


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Briefs: OUT Chapman Fishing Trip September 21, 2008

By Dave Buchanan

When 75-year-old Tom Chapman, Sr., of Orchard Mesa, mentioned earlier this summer to son Tom Chapman, Jr., that the senior Chapman had once visited Alaska but never had the opportunity to fish that magnificent state’s waters, Tom, Jr., took the announcement to heart. The two anglers recently spent a week in Alaska, including two days fishing for halibut and two days fishing the lower Kenai River for salmon. The two-some brought home 130 pounds of fish, said Tom, Jr., a captain with ...


OUT: Sunday Column September 21, 2008

By Dave Buchanan

Volunteer-based conservation groups are the bedrock of the conservation movement. Whether it’s an international group with thousands of members, such as Ducks Unlimited, Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited, or small, local-focused groups such as the Colorado Sportsmen Wildlife Fund, these groups embrace as a key part of their mission the grassroots development of interest in preserving wildlife and wildlife habitat. However, the main challenge to volunteer-based conservation is ...


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OUT: Volunteers needed to help with shooting range cleanup

By Dave Buchanan

Help needed with shooting range cleanup Who: Recreational target shoots and hunters sighting in rifles What: Volunteers needed to assist with cleanup of public shooting range Where: Bureau of Land Management recreational range, 271/4 Road, six miles north of H Road. When: 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday (Sept. 22) Why: The popular no-fee shooting range was used by approximately 13,000 people between April and December 2007. Support comes from local volunteers, businesses and the Colorado ...


OUT: U.S. anglers hook wins in Canada, Frisco

By Dave Buchanan

American anglers won the gold medal at the Canadian Fly Fishing Championship in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, while two other U.S. teams topped the standings at an international tournament in Frisco. Team captain Anthony Naranja of Grand Junction said the Canada tournament included three lakes and the upper and lower Diable River. The river lived up to its name, providing “some of the most difficult wading the team has ever faced,” Naranja said. “Our team fished with ...


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OUT: Grouse hunting in remote Cold Springs includes using ATVs

By Dave Buchanan

MAYBELL — At first glance, it seems there’s a lot of nothing up here. And that’s good. One town to speak of, a handful of ranches — many of which stretch to the horizon and then some — and barely enough people to fill the auditorium at the Maybell school. This is the farthest you can get from home and still be in Colorado. Up in the windswept reaches where Colorado, Utah and Wyoming angle together near the foot of Cold Spring Mountain, a slump-shouldered ...


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OUT: Commission OKs small increase in lion licenses

By Dave Buchanan

The Colorado Wildlife Commission on Thursday adopted a slight increase in mountain lion licenses, with most of the new licenses coming in hunting units along the Front Range. According to Division of Wildlife statistics, hunters kill an average of 327 lions each year. Because the DOW hasn’t any concrete lion population numbers, conservationists have been concerned about the possible over-harvest of females. After annual harvest statistics showed an increase in the number of of ...


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OUT: Sunday Column September 07, 2008

By Dave Buchanan

A significant group of retired Colorado Division of Wildlife employees have signed a letter supporting Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) in his bid for the U.S. Senate. The list of nearly 80 supporters includes two former DOW directors, John Mumma and Perry Olson, along with a wide diversity of terrestrial and aquatic biologists, conservation specialists and other field personnel with more than 2,000 years of accrued experience in wildlife management. The letter cites Udall’s record of ...


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