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One Top Notch Gunsmith, and I call him BROTHER!

February 2, 2014

Please help out one of the best Gunsmiths alive that is getting back in the business after recovering from some disabilities.

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Neil Sea is well known among many as an expert Gunsmith that can fine tune a Ruger’s trigger to the point that you might think that you just dropped the hammer on a Smith & Wesson that has a glass  tube trigger job. His work on rifles is renowned among a field that is crowded with talent. You read about minute of angle with other smiths work. Neil’s rifles shoot cloverleafs at two hundred yards, period! Stock work that is simply works of art. I simply cannot praise enough.

2009 COLORADO WATERFOWL COLLECTOR’S STAMPS

October 28, 2009

2009 COLORADO WATERFOWL COLLECTOR’S STAMPS AND ART PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE

DENVER, Colo.–With winter nipping at Colorado, skeins of waterfowl are migrating through the state. Along with flocks of other diving ducks, observant hunters and waterfowl enthusiasts may be lucky to discern a handsome black and white diver with a striking yellow eye – the Barrows goldeneye.

The Barrows goldeneye, one of two similar ducks to visit Colorado during migration, is the avian ambassador featured on this year’s Colorado Waterfowl Collector Stamp, which is now available for collectors.

Award-winning Wisconsin wildlife artist Craig Fairbert’s vivid portrait captures a Barrows goldeneye drake and hen resting amid autumn leaves on a mossy rock in fast water. Fairbert’s “Golden Colorado” bested the work of 36 other wildlife artists to secure the highly coveted spot on this year’s stamp.

“The 2009 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Brian Sullivan, DOW wetlands coordinator.  “Hunters and collectors alike will appreciate the amazing detail and design of this year’s stamp. It will make a great addition to anyone’s collection.”

Each year, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program holds a contest for original waterfowl artwork to be depicted on the collector waterfowl stamp. Stamps and a print of the stamp are created for sale to waterfowl and wetland enthusiasts, bird watchers, and stamp/collectors. The funds are used for wetland projects that benefit ducks, geese, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife species.

Since its inception in 1990, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program has raised $6.7 million to help restore and protect more than 19,500 acres of critical waterfowl habitat.  Additional funding from Ducks Unlimited and other partners has leveraged stamp resources to improve public waterfowl hunting opportunities and habitat throughout Colorado.  Many habitat improvement projects have been conducted on state wildlife areas.  Historically, some funds have also been used to improve important nesting areas in Canada known to produce the majority of Colorado’s migrant ducks.

“Loss of habitat is the single greatest threat to waterfowl,” said Sullivan.  “Participation in the stamp program by hunters and non-hunters alike is an effective way to contribute to this important conservation effort and ensure the long-term protection of Colorado’s waterfowl and wetland resources.”

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase a Colorado Waterfowl Stamp to hunt waterfowl in Colorado.  The stamp fee is $5 and has not increased since the program’s inception in 1990.  Hunters receive electronic stamps to validate their small game licenses, but they may also request traditional “gum-back” collector stamps, featuring Fairbert’s artwork.  Gum-back stamps will be mailed to hunters upon request. Beginning mid-December 2009, a $2.50 fee will be charged to cover the mailing and processing of the gum-back stamps.

For collectors, the 2009 waterfowl stamp/art print, as well as stamps and art prints from previous years, are available through the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation.  Prints and stamps make great holiday gifts and can be purchased online (www.cwhf.info/shopOnline/index.asp) or by contacting Terrie DeLoria at: (terrie.Deloria@cwhf.info)

For more information about artist Craig Fairbert and to view the 2009 stamp, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/ColoradoWaterfowlStampWinners.htm
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For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Taking a bit of a break

August 24, 2009

After receiving an email from one of my best friends, I decided that it was time to take a break from politics and such. Albeit a brief one. One things for sure, the Hate America First crowd will not like this presentation. Their loss.

The scenes and background panoramas will be recognized by any that have lived along Colorado’s Front range, the Buffalo area of the Big Horn Mountains, and the Badlands.

ENJOY

2009 Waterfowl Stamp: Colorado Winner

May 24, 2009

COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE ANNOUNCES 2009 WATERFOWL STAMP ART CONTEST WINNER

DENVER, Colo.–The Colorado Division of Wildlife today named Wisconsin artist Craig Fairbert winner of the 2009 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest.  Fairbert’s painting entitled “Golden Colorado” was selected as the best representation of this year’s featured duck species, the Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica).

“Craig’s depiction of the Barrow’s Goldeneye was outstanding and captured the essence of the species,” said Brian Sullivan, DOW wetlands coordinator.  “We want to congratulate Craig on winning this year’s contest and look forward to seeing his artwork on this year’s stamp.”

Each year, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Program holds a contest for original waterfowl artwork to be depicted on the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp.  Thirty-seven artists participated in this year’s competition.  Fairbert said he was honored to compete with so many talented and well-known wildlife artists.

“Based on some of the other entries I’ve seen, this year’s contest could have easily gone to someone else,” said Fairbert.  “I’m relatively new to stamp contests, so it is a real privilege to be mentioned along with the other artists in the competition who have won numerous awards around the country.”

Fairbert began competing in Wisconsin wildlife stamp contests in 2004 and achieved great success, winning the 2005 Wisconsin Great Lakes Trout Stamp, 2007 Wisconsin Inland Trout Stamp, 2008 Wisconsin Pheasant Stamp and the 2009 Wisconsin Turkey Stamp contests.   In spite of all his success in his home state, Fairbert said winning the Colorado contest was particularly satisfying.

“This was a big win for several reasons,” Fairbert said.  “This was my first national-level stamp win and it was also my first waterfowl stamp win. Most importantly, I’ve enjoyed bow hunting for elk in the great state of Colorado on several occasions, and also hope to make Colorado my home someday.”
Fairbert, who began his art career painting murals on 40-feet wide billboards, said there are some unique techniques and considerations when creating art for something as small as a postage stamp.

“You definitely have to consider that the piece is going to be significantly smaller than the original art,” Fairbert said.  “When nearing completion, I usually scan the art, and then reduce it to stamp size and make necessary changes before sending it off for competition.  It is difficult but necessary to leave out subtle details that would most likely never be seen when the artwork is reduced to stamp size.”

Fairbert is currently employed as a designer and artist for a company that produces outdoor apparel for Cabelas, Gander Mountain, Ducks Unlimited and resort areas throughout the country.   In addition to his passion for art, Fairbert is an avid angler and bow hunter.  Craig and his wife Maria, hope to move to Colorado once their children begin college.

The 2009 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp and collector’s prints will be available for purchase August 1, 2009.  All hunters are required to purchase a stamp to hunt waterfowl in Colorado.  Hunters receive an electronic stamp validating their license and may also request the traditional stamp, featuring the artist’s rendition, at the time of purchase.

The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Program is designed to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.  All revenue generated from the program is used to fund wetlands projects throughout the state.  Participation in the Waterfowl Stamp Program by hunters and non-hunters alike is an effective way to contribute to the conservation of this precious resource. Wetlands conservation efforts improve habitat for ducks, geese and many other species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals.

Since its inception in 1990, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp has raised $6.7 million to help preserve more than 19,500 acres of waterfowl habitat from development.

Waterfowl stamps and prints from previous years are available through the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation.  They can be purchased online (www.cwhf.info/ShopOnline/index.asp) or by contacting Terrie DeLoria (Terrie.DeLoria@state.co.us).

For more information about artist Craig Fairbert and the Waterfowl Stamp Program, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/ColoradoWaterfowlStampWinners.htm
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For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.


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