across Colorado

Sales of “Left Over” Hunting Licenses Coming

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Staff at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices statewide are bracing for two of the biggest days of the year: "OTC" day on July 25 and "leftover" day on Aug. 1.

CPW staff say OTC day - the first day hunting licenses can be bought on an "over-the-counter" basis - is just a warm-up for leftover day when lines form days in advance, resembling crowds awaiting the opening of a Hollywood blockbuster or to buy the newest smartphone gadget. People camp out at CPW offices to ensure they get first shot at prime hunting licenses leftover from the draw.

New Executive Director for Colorado Wheat Organizations

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The three Colorado wheat organizations, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF), are pleased to announce that Brad Erker, of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been selected to serve as the next Executive Director for the organizations.

Abnormally Dry Area Jumps in Colorado

PROMO WEATHER Drought Cracked Ground Mud - Wikimedia

One-third of Colorado is now abnormally dry, a dramatic increase over less than 15 percent of the state's area just one week ago.

In northeast Colorado, all of Sedgwick and Phillips counties, along with smaller portions of Logan, Weld and Yuma counties are now classified as abnormally dry after being drought-free last week. Portions of Larimer and Jackson counties in north central Colorado also shifted to abnormally dry.

The greatest expansion occurred in northwest and west Central Colorado, where all or portions of 22 counties are now under abnormally dry conditions.

Southeast Colorado Fishing Conditions – July 14

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Arkansas River Headwaters

The upper river is in excellent shape and improving by the day. Water flows have risen due to rain this week and an increased release from both Twin Lakes and Clear Creek Reservoir, but conditions are still within the ideal range for the wade fisherman.  Visibility is good on the upper river. We are already seeing good caddis and golden stonefly activity mixed with drakes through Hayden Meadows down to Granite.

Clear Creek Reservoir

Body Recovered at Lake Pueblo

PICT Lake Pueblo Shoreline - CPW

Divers searching for a missing fisherman discovered a body in Lake Pueblo Monday afternoon.

The remains were immediately turned over to Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter for identification and determination of a cause of death.

The search was initiated early Sunday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff after witnesses reported seeing a man enter the water while he was fishing from the north shore in the State Wildlife Area, west of Lake Pueblo State Park.

Search Underway for Missing Man at Lake Pueblo

PICT Lake Pueblo Shoreline - CPW

Emergency responders from Pueblo-area agencies are searching Lake Pueblo Sunday for a man who went missing while fishing from the north shore in the State Wildlife Area.

Witnesses called 9-1-1 early Sunday morning after seeing a 65-year-old Pueblo West man enter the water to retrieve his fishing rod.

The emergency call was made when the man didn't return to shore.