Posts Tagged ‘Outdoors’

ELK HUNTING 101 IN DENVER SEPT. 27

September 15, 2012

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a basic seminar for hunting elk in Colorado as a part of our Hunter Outreach Program efforts to educate and involve new hunters in the sport. This seminar will cover the fundamentals of habits/habitat, hunting tactics and techniques and provide a good beginning for the novice elk hunter.  Registration is limited to 75 participants. Join the fastest growing family of hunters in Colorado for an educational evening.

WHO: Everyone

WHEN: Thursday Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 9 PM

WHERE: Hunter Education Building, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216

COST: No cost

SIGN UP: To register please email wildlife.neoutreach@state.co.us or call 303-291-7804 and leave a message with name(s), address and phone number to register.

For more information on hunting in Colorado, go to:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Pages/Hunting.aspx

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

How Deer Think; Democrats et al

December 21, 2011

Ted Nugent, rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan , was being
interviewed by a liberal journalist, an animal rights activist. The
discussion came around to deer hunting. The journalist asked, ‘What do you
think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him? Is it,
‘Are you my friend?’ or is it ‘Are you the one who killed my brother?

Nugent replied, ‘Deer aren’t capable of that kind of thinking. All they care
about is, what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can
I run fast enough to get away. They are very much like the Democrats in
Congress.’

The interview ended

Whew! Colorado Division of Wildlfe has been busy!

April 11, 2010

I do try to keep things posted in a timely  manner here with regards to things related to outdoors recreation. Mostly in Colorado, because I know it so well, and Wyoming, because it is like an adventure exploring my new home state. Then, there is my recent re-entry into reloading. My screen netting of Clear Creek here in the new local area… And so on.

So? Read on. This is, after all a compilation.

DENVER, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is starting its 5-year review of statewide fishing regulations and is asking anglers throughout the state to provide comments and suggestions on regulations and possible changes.

DOW’s aquatic biologists continually evaluate Colorado’s fisheries, pausing every five years to review the fishing regulations with the Colorado Wildlife Commission to ensure that management objectives and recreation needs for anglers are met. The regulations set allowable methods of take, season dates, size requirements and bag limits, as well as statewide rules that apply to individual waters throughout Colorado.

In addition to regulations, DOW biologists will examine biological and social data from state waters. These include fish and creel surveys, research and trend information, water quality issues, stocking activity and angler-satisfaction surveys. This data will be considered in the decision-making process for setting new regulations.

“We have some very interesting feedback in the northeast region regarding our fishing regulations,” said Ken Kehmeier, Senior Aquatic Biologist,” We’ve already heard from folks who’d like to see carp tournaments allowed, bow and spear fishing, and changes to the walleye regulations. These meetings are a great place to hash out ideas on angling with the public and brainstorm ways to make fishing even better for Coloradoans.”

Northeast Region Meetings

Tuesday, April 27              Comfort Inn Fort Morgan, 1409 Barlow Rd., 6:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday, April 28      Sterling Ramada Inn, 22140 E Hwy 6, 6:30-8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 4                                Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., 6:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday, May 5         DOW Denver HQ, 6060 Broadway, Bighorn Room, 6:30-8:30 PM

Timeline for 5-Year Fishing Regulation Process

The DOW requests that most angler comments be received by the end of April. The DOW is also asking for comments from fishing organizations, sportsmen’s groups; water resource managers, including ditch companies, conservancy districts, and state and federal government agencies; land management agencies, local governments and private landowners; and businesses and communities that have an economic stake in fishing activity.

After receiving input from anglers and an internal review, draft regulations will be prepared by July and presented for more public comment. The draft regulations will be sent to the wildlife commission in September for review and more public comment will be allowed at that time. New regulations will be adopted formally in November.

For the northeast region, submit questions or comments to Ken Kehmeier by calling, (970 472-4350), or emailing keh.kehmeier@state.co.us; Statewide-issue comments can also be submitted to Dave Chadwick, (303)291-7174, dave.chadwick@coloradostate.us.

Every year more than 600,000 people buy fishing licenses in Colorado. The state offers are wide variety of angling opportunities. Anglers can fish at warm- and cold-water lakes and reservoirs, in numerous big rivers, and in alpine streams and lakes. Every year, fishing in Colorado generates about $1.2 billion in economic benefits.

ANGLER ROUNDTABLES IN JUNCTION, GLENWOOD, MEEKER, STEAMBOAT AND GRANBY

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting Angler Roundtables around northwest Colorado to discuss the agency’s five-year review of fishing regulations. Angler Roundtables are open to the public and anyone interested in fishing is encouraged to attend.

Local Angler Roundtables will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the following locations:

MeekerThursday, April 22 – Mountain Valley Bank (400 Main Street)

GranbyMonday, April 26 – Granby Community Center (3rd and Jasper)

Glenwood SpringsTuesday, April 27 – Glenwood Springs Community Center (100 Wolfsohn Rd.)

Grand JunctionWednesday, April 28 – Ramada Inn (752 Horizon Dr.)

Steamboat SpringsThursday, April 29 – DOW/USFS Office (925 Weiss Dr.)

Angler Roundtables are public meetings designed to provide people who fish with the opportunity to hear about DOW management and to ask questions or provide suggestions. In addition to discussing regulation changes, anglers can get information or ask questions about local fishing opportunities.

Fishing is an important part of Colorado’s economy. Every year more than 600,000 people buy fishing licenses in Colorado. Fishing generates about $1.2 billion in recreation revenue each year in the state.

After receiving public input, DOW staff will develop draft regulations to present to the Colorado Wildlife Commission in September. Those draft regulations will receive additional public review and Commission discussion before formal adoption by the Commission in November.

FLY FISHING SEMINAR IN SALIDA


SALIDA, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will provide a fly fishing class on Sat., April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Salida.

The seminar is geared toward intermediate fly-fisherman and takes place in two sessions – indoor classroom instruction at the Salida DOW office in the morning, followed by “hands-on” fishing instruction on the Arkansas River in the afternoon.

“This class will help people who already have a working knowledge of fly fishing to further fine-tune their skills and make them a more versatile angler,” said Matt Yamashita of the DOW.  “We will cover topics such as reading the water, casting techniques, and various fly presentation styles.”

Participants must furnish their own waders and fly-fishing gear (rods, reels, etc.), and must have a current Colorado fishing license.

The seminar is free.  Class size is limited to12 anglers and pre-registration is required.  Due to fluctuating water levels and wading requirements, this course is not recommended for children.

For more information, or to register, call (719) 227-5200.

The DOW office in Salida is located at 7405 Hwy 50.

The price of an annual fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents.  A one-day license is $9.

JUMBO AND PREWITT RESERVOIRS NOW OPEN TO BOATERS

DENVER, Colo.–The Colorado Division of Wildlife today announced that Jumbo and Prewitt reservoirs are now open for the 2010 boating season.

Jumbo Reservoir, located in Logan County, is open to boating from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week through Memorial Day weekend.  Beginning June 1, boating hours will be extended to 9:30 p.m. until the end of the season.   All boats must complete a mandatory on-site inspection for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) prior to entering and upon leaving the reservoir.

Prewitt Reservoir, located in Washington County, is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, until the end of the boating season.  All boats are required to complete a mandatory on-site ANS inspection prior to entering the reservoir.

The mandatory watercraft inspections are part of a statewide effort to stop the spread of zebra and quagga mussels, and other ANS in Colorado reservoirs.   In order to ensure inspections run smoothly and lines move quickly, boaters should arrive to inspection sites with their vessels Clean, Drained and Dry.

For a detailed explanation of the “Clean, Drain and Dry” protocol, click here: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/InvasiveSpecies/WatercraftCleaning.htm

For more information on zebra and quagga mussels and how to prevent their spread, please visit the DOW’s Web site at:  http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/InvasiveSpecies/ZebraandQuaggaMussels.htm

SAN LUIS VALLEY BIG-GAME MEETINGS SCHEDULED

MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife has scheduled two public meetings in the San Luis Valley to discuss big game management and license allocations for the 2010 hunting seasons in Game Management Units 68, 681, 682, 76, 79, 791, 80, 81, 82 and 83.

The first meeting is 6:30 p.m., April 15, at the Monte Vista Co-op, at, 1901 E. U.S. Highway 160.

The second meeting is 6:30 p.m., April 20 at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center, located about one mile west of Fort Garland on the north side of U.S. Highway 160.

Every year, DOW biologists evaluate big game harvest and population estimates to set license numbers for the seasons.

Brad Weinmeister, terrestrial biologist for the DOW in Monte Vista, will explain proposed license numbers for big game species: deer, elk, bear, pronghorn and moose.

For more information, call Weinmeister at (719)587-6905.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Whew!

ONLINE NATURE HUNT BRINGS TECHNOLOGY AND WILDLIFE TOGETHER

March 11, 2010

This sounds like it could be a lot of fun!

Colorado Division of Wildlife is proud to partner with the Raptor Education Foundation and Best Buy to bring an online nature hunt to the DOW Insider subscribers!  Each month in 2010, the online nature hunt will offer an opportunity to scour the web, the outside world, or both, to answer key questions for the hunt.  This months hunt begins on March 17th.  On that day go to http://www.naturehunt.net and click on the link to answer the questions which, in the spirit of St Pattys Day, focus on things green in nature and life. You could win an 8GB IPod Nano!

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Charlie Meyers may be honored by Colorado DOW

February 7, 2010

The so-called Dream Stream on the South Platte River could be renamed “Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area,” according to a recommendation announced by the Division of Wildlife this week.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission will take up the proposal at its monthly meeting Thursday in Denver. The area runs between Spinney Mountain and Elevenmile reservoirs.

Charlie Meyers was the outdoors writer at The Denver Post and worked at The Post for more than 40 years. Meyers died Jan. 5 after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

“You would not believe the number of people who inquired about if we were going to do something to honor Charlie,” said DOW director Tom Remington, who added that the proposal could be ready for final adoption by the end of March.

A date for a formal dedication will be announced if it clears the commission.

SOURCE

A day at the range, new rifles…

October 29, 2008

The other day I meandered out to the local rifle range. There were four people there with brand new rifles that ran the gamut from very low cost entry level rifles, to the latest issue of “The Rifleman’s Rifle.”

Let’s start with Jim and his very first big game rifle. Jim is fourteen years old, and has been shooting rim fire competition for several years with the Junior NRA. His rifle was a gift from his grandfather after he had earned the rank of Second Bar Sharpshooter. The rifle? A Remington model 700 ADL chambered in 243 Winchester a proved deer and Pronghorn caliber. It was topped with the excellent Sightron SII 3 X 9 scope. His grandfather was there and told me that he had lapped the barrel, action, and rings. He is a gunsmith and gone through the rifle completely before giving it to Jim. Bearing in mind that his grandfather purchased the entire set up at wholesale and that there were no labor charges involved the cost was estimated at just over $900. That, is quite a savings! The ammunition being used that day was Federal one hundred grain soft point. A proved yet economical deer stopper. Grandpa used his laser bore sight, not only on Jim’s rifle, but on all that were tested. I have to believe that helped save a lot of money!

Jim shot from the bench with the rifle resting on sand bags, the target at one hundred yards. He shot strings of five rounds, and the barrel was swabbed with Hoppe’s Elite between each string. The results were astounding, at least to me they were. The first group was roughly one and a half inches, centered on the seven ring at five o’clock. As noted the barrel was swabbed, and adjustments to the scope were made. String number two was centered on the nine ring at six o’clock and measured just under one inch. Another swab job, and scope adjustment and it was on to string three. That Jim was settling in and getting the feel of his new rifle was pretty apparent. String three was dead on the “X” and measured less than three quarters of an inch! This was not using match ammo, as noted above! Both myself and grandpa are advocates of the “zero point aiming” theory, and he adjusted the scope accordingly. Jim was instructed to hold at six o’clock, and the fourth string was fired. Yet another swab job, and string five was fired down range. We walked out to the target (It was not changed between string four and five.) Everyone was more than a bit impressed. All ten rounds grouped together, and were covered by a dime! I can only foresee better things for Jim and his new rifle as the barrel further breaks in, and he builds even more confidence.

Tomorrow we will cover Diane’s new rifle.

So it’s hunting season…

October 19, 2008

All to often I hear fishermen complaining about crowds on the water. Much as hunters complain about the “Sea of Orange.”

At least those that are die hard fishermen get a reprieve of sorts. It is called hunting season! Not to say that hunters should put away the fly rods. Many streams and especially tail waters near hunting areas offer what many believe to be the best fishing of the year.

The Browns have spawned, and they aggressively defend their redds. Can you say streamer flys..? Present the fly as if it is attempting to raid the nest. Then hang on because the usually picky Brown Trout goes haywire in defending it’s still to be hatched young.

There are still some late hatches happening as well, usually late in the afternoons. These can be Mayflies, small Caddis fly’s, and the ever present Midges. I have had good success with BWO’s as well as Gray Elk Hair Caddis patterns between trips to the bird fields, and along side high country big game hunts in the past. Especially using midge larva patterns when in the high country. Don’t forget the lakes that are not frozen yet either. The fishing may be slower, but the fish tend to be larger and the crowds just not there. Quincy and Aurora reservoirs come to mind.

I live to hunt, but I also find myself fishing when the hunting is done for the day, or season.

‘EYE-OPENING’ EXPERIENCE

August 1, 2008

There are times you just have to be proud! Read on…

Hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts can now experience the great outdoors on their computer by immersing themselves in “a.m. Colorado”, a new online video series from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW).

Filmed in high-definition (HD) video and recorded in digital audio, “a.m. Colorado” captures the early-morning sights and sounds of some of Colorado’s most unique landscapes and wildlife species.  At 6-to 7-minutes in length, these mini-documentaries provide stunning visuals and sound, and incorporate informative captions that both educate and entertain.

Current episodes feature the intricate mating dance of the greater prairie chicken, the spectacular breeding displays of the sage-grouse, the springtime gobble of the Rio Grande turkey, and present a “medley” of wildlife sights and sounds along the South Platte River.

“The image quality and sound are spectacular,” said Dennis McKinney, DOW video producer and videographer.  “’a.m. Colorado’ is the next best thing to being there.”

The new high-definition videos are linked to the DOW Web site from an outside provider.  The results are faster loading times and higher picture quality than before.  To play the new videos, viewers need a high-speed Internet connection and the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on their computer.

“We are excited to present Colorado’s wildlife through online video,” said Nick Clement, DOW video editor.  The technology has improved so we can now deliver extremely high-quality streaming video and audio on our website.”

The “a.m. Colorado” series will be ongoing and new episodes will debut throughout the year.

“We hope to add new editions to the series on a fairly regular basis,” said McKinney.  “We view the series as the ideal format to showcase Colorado’s amazing wildlife on computer screens around the world.”

This new series has pioneered the way for HD videos on the DOW Web site. Future documentaries, educational films, species profiles, and habitat landscapes also will feature the same high-definition picture quality and widescreen format.

So, turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and open a window onto some of Colorado’s most beautiful scenery and unique wildlife species.

“a.m. Colorado” and other DOW online videos can be accessed directly by visiting the following link:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/NewsMedia/Videos/

I am so happy that the DOW is getting back to “people.” For several years it looked like they were just another LEO branch of government. Yes, as any reader of this blog knows I am very pro LEO on wildlife issues. But I reserve the right to remember Wildlife Officers in Colorado that showed kids how to cast a fly, or point a shotgun, or aim a rifle. Bowhunters best friends were DOW Officers. Now, sadly, when one goes afield. The DOW Officer is not viewed as an outdoors partner. He is looked at as some sort of adversary.

I truly hope that this film series et al. will change things back to the way things used to be.

FREMONT COUNTY POACHING

April 12, 2008

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for information about a poaching case at the Beaver Creek State Wildlife area in Fremont County.  Someone entered the wildlife area, shot a deer from the roadway, and then left the dead animal.
 
The incident happened sometime during the first weekend in April.
 
If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Canon City district wildlife officer Bob Carochi at (719) 276-8844.  Or they can call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-877-265-6648.  Callers can remain anonymous if they like.
 
If your tip leads to issuing a citation, you can be eligible for a cash reward.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.


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