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Hunters can check for closures, fire information through U.S. Forest Service and BLM web sites

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Fires have burned in several mountain areas in Colorado this summer. So if you're planning to hunt on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management, check with those agencies for the latest backcountry travel, fire and closure information.

To check on national forest lands in Colorado, start by going to the web site of the U.S. Forest Service.

CPW Officers Hosting Free Archery Clinic for All Ages, Skill Levels

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If you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow, your chance is coming as Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts a free archery clinic for all ages August 17.

CPW officers will provide the equipment and expertise, at the session scheduled 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 17.  This event will be held at the agency Work Station in Buena Vista, at the corner of U.S. Highway 24 and DePaul Street on the south side of Buena Vista.

Ranger Station: Fascinating Little-Known Facts About 7 State Parks

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Recently, as I was exploring Cheyenne Mountain State Park, I spotted a large dead tree still standing, thanks to a smaller tree that was holding it up - its branches wrapped around the dead tree's trunk. 

The dead tree had scars made years ago by barbed-wire fencing. The barbed wire was long since removed, but the scars remained.

Of course, we don't use barbed wire much in state parks. It was a remnant of the cattle ranch that existed here for decades before this property for became a state park in 2006.

Planning a Camping Trip? Be Bear Aware

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Media reports of bear interactions with people or around homes have frequently been shared this year.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) websiteprovides valuable resources for those exploring the Colorado outdoors.  Learn how to be "Bear Aware" and enjoy a safe hike, camping trip or unexpected encounter near home.  If you are camping or hiking west of Interstate 25 there's a good chance you are in bear country.  According to the CPW website, "Bears that learn that people have food routinely visit c

Colorado Parks Investigating as Hundreds of Dead Carp Surface in Lake Pueblo

PICT Lake Pueblo State Park Reservoir Sign - CPW

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating the mysterious die-off of hundreds of common carp that surfaced recently in the waters around Turkey Creek in Lake Pueblo State Park.

There is no obvious reason for the die-off, which was first discovered July 27 when park rangers on a routine boat patrol noticed approximately 10 dead carp in the area.

By Sunday evening, park visitors were reporting seeing "dozens and maybe hundreds of dead carp" in the Turkey Creek area on the far west edge of the lake on its north banks.