outdoors

Hunting Tips – Moose or Elk – Be Sure of Your Target

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Reintroduced to Colorado more than 30 years ago, moose are thriving in many parts of the state. Unfortunately, almost every year hunters inadvertently shoot moose. During the last few years more than a dozen moose have been killed during each season by hunters who thought they were shooting elk. 

Elk hunters need to be sure to know the difference between these two ungulates. If a hunter without the proper license shoots a moose, the fine can be more than $1,000 and hunting privileges can be lost. 

Sand Dunes Beetle Won’t be Listed as Endangered

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Using what it refers to as the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed in-depth species status assessments for the eastern group of the boreal toad, the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle, and the Northern Rocky Mountains fisher, and determined all three species are not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Boreal toad

If You’re Hunting, Leave the Drone At Home

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement and Public Safety Assistant Director Heather Dugan says CPW is seeing more cases of Colorado hunters illegally using drones.

"The bottom line is, if it's related to a hunt in any way, you can't do it," Dugan said. "For scouting, locating, anything. If they fly before they take an animal, they're illegal. If they use the drone to locate an animal they may have shot and wounded, they're illegal."

Hunting Tips – Long-term Efforts have Saved Colorado’s Wildlife

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In Colorado 150 years ago wildlife faced a dire future. 

To provide food for miners and settlers streaming west during the gold rush and land rush of the mid- and late-1800s, market hunters slaughtered deer, elk, bear, buffalo, bighorns, pronghorn and any type of bird that could provide meat. Fish fared no better as nets and even dynamite were set in rivers and streams. Polluted water flowing from mining operations also devastated hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. 

Hunters Can Expect Another Good Waterfowl Season

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Colorado hunters can expect another good waterfowl season in 2017-18, although CPW avian program leader Jim Gammonley said there are signs that duck numbers may start to see declines in the future due to drier conditions to the north. Waterfowl hunting opportunities in Colorado extend from mid-September teal seasons to light goose conservation seasons ending in April.

Colorado Parks Opens New Wildlife Area

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An innovative project developed cooperatively by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the city of Montrose has resulted in the establishment of a new state wildlife area for CPW and a new park for the city

The Cerro Summit State Wildlife Area, a 162-acre parcel that includes a 40-acre reservoir, opened on Sept. 29. It's located about 15 miles east of Montrose just off U.S. Highway 50.

"This is a win-win-win for the public, the city and CPW," said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose. "This is a great example of what can be done by some out-of-the-box thinking."

Southeast Colorado Fishing Conditions – October 6, 2017

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John Martin Reservoir

The current water temperature is around 67 degrees and the water level is around 8 feet down. The fishing is rated as good for mainly boat anglers. The pan fish are biting well and anglers are catching plenty of crappie and sun fish on jigs. The best fishing has been near the dam. Anglers are catching other fish species such as wiper, drum, and catfish, but the fishing for these species has been much slower as of recently.
John Martin State Park

Hunting Tips - Hunting Gear Checklist

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Preparing for a hunting trip is a major effort. Listed below are a few common items that hunters often forget as they get ready to go into the backcountry. 

* First aid kit (include mole skin/duct tape for blisters); 

* Compass and high-quality maps; 

* Fire starter for use in the field; 

* Knife sharpener; 

* Extra batteries; 

* Rain gear; 

* Blaze orange vest and cap; 

* Extra fuel for camp-stove;