outdoors

Deer hunters: watch for mandatory chronic wasting disease testing information

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing again during the 2018 hunting season in an effort to continue collecting more information about CWD and how it may be affecting our herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is critical for data collection on this disease that impacts the long-term health of our herds.

Colorado offers a variety of river rafting opportunities for all skill levels

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When it comes to river rafting in Colorado, you won't be disappointed. There's a river for everyone, from the extreme whitewater rapids of the Arkansas to the lazy, scenic stretches of the Upper Colorado. To help you decide which river to explore on your next rafting adventure, we've compiled a list of some of the mildest and some of the most intense rivers in Colorado--with their classifications included.

Fishing on the South Fork of the Rio Grande River

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The South Fork of the Rio Grande River provides some of the best fishing opportunities in Colorado. With nearly 20 miles of award-winning Gold Medal Waters, the South Fork boasts a world-class aquatic habitat for fishermen of all ages and skillsets to enjoy. Fish for trout of all sizes, from small brook trout to trophy-sized rainbows. When enjoying the South Fork's fishing opportunities, however, note that anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid fishing license.

Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range reopens Saturday

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After extensive, internal staff discussions and weeks of listening to public comments, including comments expressed during two meetings in Basalt with more than 400 people in attendance, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will reopen the Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range to the public September 15.

Beginning Saturday, the Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, until further notice.

Hunting Black Bears in Colorado – What to Know for the 2018 Season

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Hunting the American Black Bear in Colorado is an experience that's both thrilling and rewarding. Due to the state's abundant black bear population, there are plenty of opportunities to secure a trophy or two.

About Colorado's 2018 Black Bear Hunting Season

The timeline for the 2018 Colorado bear hunting season is as follows:

*      Rifle Limited (by draw): September 2-30 

*      Archery (over-the-counter with caps): September 2-30