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❘ the gazette ❘ thursday, November 25, 2010

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dogs track aimlessly across the prairie and bitterly cold winds blast around us, it feels like a snipe hunt — a practical joke when inexperienced people are given the impossible task of tracking imaginary prey. (Ask anyone who has ever been to summer camp.) Actually, these guys hunt snipe, too. Yes, they’re a real animal. Wilson’s snipe is a small bird that eats worms. The hunting season is under way through mid-December, though we see none of those this day, either.

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n the barren prairie far southeast of Colorado Springs, amid the spiny cacti, rattlesnake skins and petrified cow patties, hunters Gary Thompson and Shawn Wayment have seen no sign of their quarry. “I’ve gone scaled quail hunting four times and I was not able to find it. I thought they were mythical beasts that do not exist,” says Thompson. “I’ve burned a lot of boot leather chasing these things.” After an hour of seeing nothing but poodle-size jack rabbits while their

THURSDAY November 25, 2010

By r. scott rappold

Colorado is known for its elk season, but you might be surprised at what else you can hunt

TWEAK

Local running store eager for Black Friday

Black Friday doesn’t have to be spent inside a mall. You can combine your shopping and exercise at Boulder Running Company. The area running store will kick off its annual event with a free 5K run at 9 a.m. followed by a free yoga session 45 minutes later. The first 50 people through the door will receive a goodie bag, and customers who spend $100 will receive a $20 gift card. There also will be a raffle ($1 tickets) with proceeds going directly to the Empty Stocking Fund. Bring in five cans for Care and Share and you will get 15 percent off all of your Friday purchases. Shawn Wayment, a veterinarian from Castle Rock, followed his hunting dogs during a recent hunting trip.

Going to the slopes? Give us snow updates

With several more resorts opening today, the ski and snowboard season is well under way. We want to hear from you on the conditions in the high country. Is it dumping snow? Is it epic powder? To add your report or to read the latest reports from other members, go to “current conditions” on the right side of the home page of OutThereColorado.com. Also, be sure to check out the snow cameras, featuring sneak peeks at most of the state’s resorts.

Brandon Iwamoto, the gazette

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Small game pictured above, from left: quail, squirrel, Wilson’s snipe, weasel, pheasant and skunk

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Final days of Fave Five

You have four more days to enter this month’s Fave Five contest. You could win one of two $25 gift cards to Sportsman’s Warehouse simply by answering five short questions about hunting. Go online for details.

classic happy trails garden of the gods palmer loop rating

Way. Drive 0.36 miles to a parking lot on the left.

• 2 boots • 3.7 miles round trip • 600-foot elevation gain

The hike

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All Happy Trails all the time at outtherecolorado.com OutThereColorado.com and Out There are sponsored by Heuberger Motors

To get there

Take 30th Street to Gateway Road. Go west into the park. Turn right on Juniper

This trail links Palmer Trail, Siamese Twins and Cabin Canyon with the center of the park. From the North Gateway Rock parking lot, cross the road to the north and pick up the well-worn Palmer Trail. Go left (west). The

trail contours southwest for 1.5 miles, sometimes coming close to the road and eventually crossing by the Siamese Twins rock formation. From the twins, follow the trail south along a ridge 0.25 miles to a road crossing. Head south through a meadow to another road. Here, go left, paralleling the road east for 0.1 mile to a clear trail climbing a hill across the

street. Take this trail as it climbs northeast 0.5 mile over a ridge and crosses a dirt road; it gradually climbs another 0.5 mile toward the center of the park. At a trail junction where the main trail switchbacks to the south, go north 0.1 mile and cross a paved road. On the other side, hit a paved trail and return north

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0.5 mile through Gateway Rocks to the trailhead.

Details

Dogs welcome, must be leashed. See Garden of the Gods maps for horse- and bike-friendly trails.

Information

Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 634-6666; http:// gardenofgods.com

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