Entry to all 42 Colorado state parks is free on Nov. 25 for a new Colorado Parks and Wildlife tradition called #FreshAirFriday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers this opportunity to those who have signed the pledge to head outside on the day after Thanksgiving. More than 50 retailers in Colorado and nationwide are closing their doors on Black Friday and multiple states are urging people to go outside instead of joining the rush inside to shop this year.
By Bob Garver
Information provided by a concerned hunter has led to a conviction and over $11,000 in fines imposed on a Front Range poacher for the illegal take of a trophy-quality 6x6 bull elk in November, 2015. When confronted by a CPW officer, Denver resident Agapito Alarid II, 42, admitted that he illegally shot the bull in Game Management Unit 2, an highly coveted unit in Northwest Colorado where it can take a hunter over 20 years to draw a license. Alarid did not have a license to hunt in the unit and a bull elk season was not open in the unit at the time he shot the animal.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is helping Coloradans #OptOutside this Black Friday. Through Colorado Parks and Wildlife, GOCO is funding state park entries for #FreshAirFriday, meaning every single one of Colorado's 42 state parks will be admission-free on Friday, November 25th.
Arkansas River Headwaters
Upper Basin: Hayden Meadows is running cold and clear, with air temps dropping well below freezing most nights. As a result, the fishing on the upper end of the river is definitely slowing down. Anglers are having better success by moving downstream for warmer water and more active insects and fish. Current temperatures are in the low 40 degree range with water flow around 88 cfs.
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act, a bipartisan bill that would inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will receive briefings on a variety of topics, including financial sustainability and the reissue and refund policy of big-game licenses at its November meeting in Lamar.
The meeting is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on Nov. 17 and adjourn at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18, at the CPW Lamar office, 2500 S. Main Street.
By Bob Garver
The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting orders on a first-come, first-serve basis for low-cost seedling trees, shrubs and perennials grown at its Fort Collins nursery. More than 100 species/size options are available, with seedlings ordered now to be distributed statewide next spring.
The next Bent's Fort Chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum located at 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas, CO. The Chapter meeting will start at 11 AM followed by a potluck.
At 1 PM Sandy Dexter will present a talk titled "Walking Woman" about Amache Ochinee Prowers who was the Cheyenne wife of John Wesley Prowers. In her talk Sandy will share what she has learned from researching Amache's life, especially her life after the death of John Prowers. It is a fascinating story.