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2013 Colorado Hunter Welcome Message.................................................9 Hunting Licenses Fees and Seasons......................12 Western Colorado................................................13 Best Towns for Sportsmen...................................16 What’s New in 2013.............................................17 Grand County.......................................................18 Herd Update.........................................................20 Hoyt Bows............................................................24 Understanding Preference Points........................25 Tax Laws Affect Hunting Parcels...........................26 License Draws Strong...........................................28 Elk Hunting Capital of the World..........................30 Hunting 101.........................................................32 Moose on the Loose.............................................36

Bear Licenses on the Rise.....................................37 Hunting When It’s Dry..........................................38 10 Things to Know When Hunting BLM Lands......42 Big Game License Update.....................................47 My Gear Closet.....................................................52 A Letter from Colorado Parks & Wildlife...............54 Post-Hunt Activities.............................................57 Cooking Game......................................................67 Fishing.................................................................68 Making the Most of Meeker.................................72 Rules of Engagement...........................................74 Saving Your Meat.................................................75 Surviving the Hunt...............................................77 Hunting Safety 101..............................................78

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Welcome to Colorado Hunter H

owdy, and welcome to the 2013 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to biggame hunting in Western Colorado. You couldn’t have picked a better place to plan your trip. The region offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow or sighting in your scope. Whatever your big game fancy, whether it’s elk atop Grand Mesa or moose near Walden, we hope you make the region your hunting destination for years to come. While the area offers countless, year-round recreational opportunities — as well as outstanding scenery, friendly locals and Old West charm — for hunters, the action kicks in every autumn when game migrates from the high country to its winter range. That’s when thousands of hunters also

migrate here, flocking to the hunting hotbeds of Grand Junction, Meeker, Rangely, Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Kremmling, Granby, Yampa and more to hunt some of the largest elk herds in the nation. Whether you fill your tag or not, the real reward comes in the experience of hunting in one of the most beautiful locations in Colorado. This magazine is designed to make the hunt easier for everyone, from novices hearing their first bugle to seasoned veterans looking for a record trophy. Inside, you’ll find tips on what to bring and where to go, information on herd updates, tales from local hunts and a directory listing everything you need for your stay, from outfitters and guides to meat processors and more. So here’s to a great hunt this year and thanks for coming to Western Colorado.

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Hunting seasons Archery ■ Deer: Aug. 31 to Sept. 29 ■ Elk: Aug. 31 to Sept. 29 ■ Pronghorn Bucks: Aug. 15 to Aug. 31 ■ Pronghorn: Sept. 1 to 20 ■ Bear: Sept. 2 to 29 ■ Moose: Sept. 7 to 29

Muzzleloading ■ Deer: Sept. 14 to 22 ■ Elk: Sept. 14 to 22 ■ Pronghorn: Oct. 21 to 29

■ Bear: Sept. 14 to 22 ■ Moose: Sept. 14 to 22

Deer/limited rifle ■ Second season/combined deer and elk: Oct. 19 to 27 ■ Third season/combined deer and elk: Nov. 2 to 10 ■ Fourth season/combined deer and elk: Nov. 13 to 17

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Pronghorn Rifle (Draw) ■ Oct. 5 to 11

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here’s plenty of reason of set your sights on Western Colorado as your hunting destination. The Centennial State harbors the two key ingredients all hunters look for: some of the largest elk herds in the country, as well as extensive public lands for hunting. All this spells one of the best chances of filling your tag of anywhere in the country. “The scale of the elk herds in Western Colorado is unprecedented compared to the rest of the country,” says Brad Petch, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s senior biologist for Northwest Colorado. “There are very few places in the West where you can pick up a license at the counter and have a decent shot at getting a four-point bull.” It’s estimated that there are about 280,000 elk in Colorado, the most of any state, with more than 15 percent of those getting harvested every year. Other big game

populations are just as strong, with hunters migrating here from across the country to hunt for mule deer, moose, pronghorn, bear, mountain lions and more. From Grand Junction, you can head out onto Grand Mesa (units 41, 42, 411, 421, 52 and 521 for over-the-counter elk) and the Uncompahgre Plateau (units 61 and 62 for elk), as well as the Gunnison Basin (units 76 and 77 limited elk). After your hunt, take a tour through Grand Mesa or Colorado National Monument. Farther northwest, Dinosaur National Monument offers a glimpse of the region’s prehistoric past amid world-class pronghorn options. The region also is home to Brown’s Park on the Green River, offering world-class trout fishing in the A, B, and C sections below Flaming Gorge Reservoir.  Just 20 miles off U.S. Highway 40, Rangely is another sportsmen’s hotspot whose hilly landscapes are populated with deer, pronghorn, elk and small game. Craig, the seat of Moffat County, continues to be ranked as one of the top hunting destinations in the coun-

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try for its vast public lands, private ranches and herds.   From Craig, Colorado Highway 13 heads north toward Wyoming and south to hunter-friendly towns like Meeker. Everywhere you go is as prime of hunting habitat as you’ll find anywhere. Head east from Craig on U.S. Highway 40 and you’ll arrive in Hayden, also rich in ranching and hunting heritage. Another 30 minutes east is Steamboat Springs, the seat of Routt County and one of the most beautiful resort towns in the Rocky Mountains. Known for its world-class ski area, Steamboat also is home to fifth-generation ranches and some of the best trout fishing and hunting in the state. With sagebrush-covered hills giving way to mountains thick with aspen and pine, like Moffat County, Routt County also is home to large elk and deer herds as well as a booming moose population. South of Steamboat on Colorado Highway 131 are the towns of Oak Creek, Phippsburg and Yampa, the “Gateway to the Flat Tops” and the wilderness area’s prime hunting habitat. Then comes North Park, a series of small towns known for its moose and fishing. Located an hour drive on Colorado Highway 14 from Steamboat and Laramie, Wyo., Walden is the largest city in North Park and the best place to load up on provisions. Its public lands are extensive, offering endless hunting opportunities. Farther south are such hunting hotbeds as Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby, which also carry vast herds of elk and deer.  So no matter where you put your crosshairs, set them on Western Colorado and you’re already ahead of the game — in more ways than one.

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Grand Junction, Craig ranked best towns for sportsmen W

hile hunting magazine Outdoor Life shelved its annual top sportsmen’s towns listing this year, two cities in Northwest Colorado still are riding high on the accolades of their most recent rankings. In 2012, the magazine ranked Grand Junction sixth and Craig 20th in its annual Best Towns for Sportsmen compilation. Since the magazine first started compiling its list in 2008, Craig made the cut each year, finishing with its highest, 20th-place ranking in 2012. Colorado Hunter partner city Grand Junction was named the sixth best town in the country for outdoorsmen. Outdoor Life bases its rankings largely on hunting and fishing opportunities available in each city. “In our last installment, we placed less weight on socio-eco-

nomic data and went with 35 dream towns our editors would love to live in based on their hunting and fishing,” says the magazine’s John Taranto. “Several of our editors have hunted in Northwest Colorado and we all love the country and towns there — it offers some of the best big-game hunting in the world.” In its listing, the magazine cited Craig’s “access to a million acres of public land, and two of the largest elk herds in North America.” “It’s certainly why I live here,” admits the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Rob Schmitzer. “And outdoor opportunities here go well beyond hunting and fishing.” Don Myers, of Myers Hunting Services, pins the ranking on the area’s large elk numbers and easy access to game. “It gives hunters a great chance of seeing game, better

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What’s new in 2013 for hunting in Northwest Colorado By Eugene Buchanan


rom no doe hunting in North Park to the reinstatement of new antlerless elk licenses in the fourth season, several Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting regulation changes are in store for hunters this year. Following is a wrap-up of what to expect in Northwest Colorado.

Elk New antlerless hunts — Fourth season licenses for GMU 32 are being reinstated this year, and a new private-land-only season is offered in GMU 511. Closed hunts — Late season antlerless hunts in GMUs 21, 40, 58, 59 and 581 have been closed. Resident elk populations in those areas are at or below population objectives set by CPW. Hunt code changes — Hunters should pay close attention to hunt codes as there are some hunt changes around the state. Antlerless tags in GMU 20 are now List A; antlerless licenses in 41, 42, 52, 411, 421 and 521 are now List B; the either-sex licenses in the northwest region are again separate bull or cow licenses; and the antlerless hunts in GMUs 25 and 26 are no longer over-the-counter with caps, hunters must now apply in the draw for these tags.

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Habitat stamp requirements If you haven’t purchased a 2013 Habitat Stamp, you must buy one or submit the payment with one of your big-game applications to be entered into the draw. New this year: Applications submitted for hunters who do not already have a 2013 Habitat Stamp will be disqualified from the draw. If you apply for more than one species, include the Habitat Stamp payment with just one of your applications.


Pronghorn New hunts — GMUs 66 and 551 in the Gunnison Basin are re-opening this year for pronghorn hunting. Harsh winters in 2007-08 decimated the area’s herds, but through CPW biological management and transplant efforts, the population has increased to allow hunting once again. Also, GMUs 9 and 191 near Fort Collins move from privateland-only to public hunts this year to allow hunters to access public properties like Soapstone and Red Mountain Ranch Open Space areas.

Moose Mandatory tooth extraction — To keep age records of moose harvested, CPW is introducing a tooth extraction this year. During the mandatory inspection, an incisor tooth from the bottom jaw will be pulled. New hunts — numerous new hunts are available around the state. These include bull hunts in GMUs 12, 23 and 24, and cow hunts in GMUs 39, 41, 42, 46, 49, 52, 411, 421, 500, 501 and 521.

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New hunts — There are a variety of new hunts for both bucks and does this year. They include: doe hunts in the Gunnison Basin GMUs 66 and 67; private-land-only hunts for bucks near Boulder Creek in GMUs 29 and 38; and private-land-only doe hunts in GMU 96 with a season-choice tag. Closed hunts — North Park deer herd numbers have remained low for six years. To help restore this herd, doe hunting in the North Park area is currently not available.

Late youth elk hunt changes Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s late youth elk seasons are designed to help get young hunters in the field while reducing elk overpopulation. But as populations close-in on long-term objectives, the need for late elk seasons is diminishing. As a result, youth participation rules have been modified this year. Among the changes: Youth hunters now need to plan early on where they’d like to hunt a cow. Licenses won’t be transferable to different areas around the state as they have been in the past; this year, youths must hunt within the red boundary on the GMU map where their original tag was purchased. The change reduces the number of areas available to late-season youth hunters when compared to past years. “Allowing youth to hunt late seasons is popular because it typically overlaps holiday breaks from school, making participation easier,” says Parks and Wildlife Director Rick Cables. “Given this change, we’ll be looking for other ways to provide additional youth opportunity.” Info: 303-297-1192.

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Grand County Grand for big game By Eugene Buchanan


ith vast tracts of public land and sizable animal herds, Grand County, which encompasses Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby and Grand Lake, also can apply its grand namesake to big game hunting. “The hunting opportunities there are excellent, especially for mule deer,” maintains Colorado Parks and Wildlife Communication Manager Mike Porras. “It definitely has its own unique opportunities and tons of hunting acreage.” The Middle Park deer herd is modeled at more than 15,350, with a target objective of 11,500, making deer a primary target for many hunters. “Historically, this region has always been known for its deer hunting,” says Lyle Sidener, CPW Grand County area wildlife manager. “It has lots of low-lying central sage brush areas surrounded by mountains, which is what gets deer through winter. There’s also a long history of deer research here, from habitat use to nutrition. Deer here have probably been studied more than they have anywhere else.” Adding to the region’s hunting opportunities is its vast acreage, comprising units 15, 18, 27, 28, 37, 181 and 371. “There’s a high percentage of public land here to hunt,”

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TheElk numbers wordstabilizing; on deerthestill down herd By Eugene Buchanan


s hunters traipse the countryside to fill their tags this year, they can do so knowing that herd numbers for elk, deer and pronghorn in Western Colorado are holding their own. “Northwest Colorado remains a great place to hunt and we anticipate another great hunting season,” says Colorado Parks and Wildlife Public Information Officer Mike Porras. “It appears that we weathered last year’s drought fairly well and this year’s range conditions are surprisingly good.”

Elk update The number of elk licenses issued the past two years has dropped considerably to manage the populations, particularly limited cow licenses. And it’s worked, says CPW Senior Biologist for Northwest Colorado Brad Petch. “Nearly all the units in northwest Colorado are at or close to their desired management range,” he says, adding that a couple of units in Middle Park and near Vail and Aspen are even growing. “It’s taken a long time to get there, but we’re as close as we’ve been anytime in the last 25 years.” In the past couple of years, he adds, they’ve reached the objective range for the vast number of elk herds in the region, particularly the larger Bear’s Ears and White River herds. Objective numbers for the White River herd are between 32,000 and 39,000 animals, and it’s currently estimated to be “right in the middle of the range” at 35,000 he says. The Bear’s Ears herd north of the Yampa River is now at 16,500, he says, with

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an objective of 15,000 to 18,000 animals. “Those two herds account for the majority of the elk hunting in Northwest Colorado, and we’re right where we need to be,” he says. “It’s the first time in a long time that we’re at a management range where we want to be.” The downside for hunters is that these numbers are lower than they were in the hunting heyday of a decade ago, meaning fewer tags, especially for late season cows. “We’re hearing from hunters that they’re not seeing the elk they were 15 to 20 years ago,” he says. “And license availability isn’t what it was, and is unlikely to return in the foreseeable future.” But the region still offers some of the best elk hunting in the country. “Overall, the herds are healthy,” Porras says. “We intentionally have fewer elk than we did 15 years ago to meet population objectives, but the hunting is still very good and we still have very productive herds and two of the largest herds in the country. And there’s still plenty of license opportunity for anyone who wants to hunt elk.”

Mule deer update Deer is another story, as numbers are continuing to drop in Western Colorado, spelling a decreasing number of licenses available. “The general trend is that they’re not doing as well and are below objective management levels,” Petch says. Colorado’s mule deer population is estimated at about 408,000, down from the 418,000 estimated in 2012 and 430,00 in 2011. That’s about half the level during the all-time high years of the 1950s. More regionally, the White River herd’s estimate of 43,000 deer is well below the

Herd Size determines tag availability With elk and mule deer tags much less available in recent years due to decreased herd population sizes, it is unlikely for the tags in northwest Colorado to increase in availability in the years to come. Objective numbers for herds are determined approximately every 10 years by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CPW biologist Brad Petch says, after discussions with landowners and sportsmen. For elk in the Bears Ears and White River herds, population goals were set in the past five years, and will therefore stay at their current numbers for awhile. “It takes a fraction of the licenses to maintain an objective as it does to get there,” Petch says. “We’ve ratcheted back the cow licenses especially the past two years.” For mule deer, Petch says the Bear’s Ears herd goal of 37,800 is old and “overdue for being looked at.” So the objective number could come down in the next couple years if that herd is discussed, but with its population significantly below objective currently, tags would still likely be harder to come by until the herd recovers. “The memory people have is from the 1990s and early 2000s,” Petch says. “It will take time for the public to get a sense if that’s where they want (the populations) to be.” — Nate Waggenspack

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Reversing the downward deer trend In an effort to reverse the decline in the state’s mule deer herds, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has unveiled a new adaptive management tool called the Colorado Mule Deer Strategy. “Our goal is to get everyone involved, including members of the public,” says Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region Co-Manager Ron Velarde. “We’re going to examine all the issues and possible solutions and put together a deer strategy for the next five-year season structure. We want to focus on how we can enhance our populations and provide recreation for our customers. Nothing is off the table for discussion.” — Dave Buchanan

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objective range of 67,500, adds Petch, and the Bear’s Ears herd is off by about 8,000 animals. As a result, he says CPW has reduced doe licenses available in the White River region by as much as 95 percent since 2007. “We’re not hunting anything like we were before that,” he says. “Things aren’t going well for deer there right now.” A lot of this is because of weather, with the 2007-08 winter being especially hard, he says. Last December’s deep snow and bitter cold also affected herds. State big-game manager Andy Holland says there’s no single answer to the collapse. “It’s a host of things,” he says, adding that other Western states also are seeing declines. “We’re looking at impacts from severe winters, increased human and energy development, habitat fragmentation and depletion, migration corridor fragmentation and more.” But perhaps the biggest contributor to the decline has been recent weather. “We’ve had three hard winters for deer out of the past six,” Petch says, adding that in the worst ones they’ve seen up to a 50 percent mortality rate among fawns. “It’s not a rosy situation. It’s really hard to grow a herd with that kind of fatality rate.” The good news, he adds, is that the proportion of bucks is “as high as anywhere you’ll find in the West,” and that their quality is high. And some units are actually prospering, with an up to 75 percent survival rate in certain areas north of Craig, says Porras. The Middle Park region has enjoyed a high survival and low winter mortality rate, adds Petch, and is “performing beautifully.” Other regions in Eagle County north of Interstate 70 also are doing well. “There are some places where deer are doing really well,” he says. “And we’ve increased the licenses available for both does and bucks there.”

Pronghorn update From 2001 to 2005, pronghorn numbers took a huge hit across much of Western Colorado, says Petch, with last summer’s drought rough on them also. Herd populations are at or somewhat below longterm objectives, and they haven’t seen tremen-

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Helping Pronghorn Concerned about unexplained decreases in a 100-strong pronghorn herd between Delta and Grand Junction, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists recently began a multi-year study to determine the cause. “Very few fawns are surviving and we don’t know why,” says Brad Banulis, terrestrial biologist for the Montrose area. “Aside from the recent droughts, we hope this study will help us figure out what’s going on.” The project began with the capture of 19 pronghorns, with radio collars placed on 10 and neck bands and ear tags on the rest, to let biologists track their

movements. Shortly later, 24 pronghorn were captured in eastern Colorado and released near the Delta-Mesa county line. Nine were fitted with radio collars and the others received ear tags and neck bands. The pronghorn also were vaccinated against viruses responsible for fatal hemorrhagic diseases. The transplanted pronghorns are expected to join the existing herd, Banulis says, which, combined with tracking, will help biologists determine the habitat they’re utilizing and if fawns are surviving. — Dave Buchanan

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dous fawn crops, he adds. “We’re making some recovery and strides, but still not where we want to be.” The problem, he adds, is that pronghorn are more susceptible to drought than other big game. Much of their range occurs in drought areas, and they’re less migratory than other big game. “Antelope populations are particularly fluid in regard to drought conditions,” he says, adding that fawns are particularly susceptible to dry conditions. “The rains we had this April came in the nick of time and helped as far as grazing, but we’re still in a drought, just a normal one.” In what CPW calls the Great Divide Herd (herd No. 9) west of Craig and north of the Yampa, estimates place the number of pronghorn at 11,000 with an objective of 15,800, he says. Smaller herds are faring better, he says, including the 1,500-strong herd on unit 11 southwest of Maybell as well as those in North and Middle Parks, but the bigger herd number is more crucial and worrisome. He says he’s also hearing from hunters on the recent drought conditions affecting horn growth. But he adds that it’s not nearly as bad as it could be. “We’re below, but better than we’ve been in a while,” he says. “Last winter hit the deer population harder than it did the antelope, and because of the spring we had we should be in decent shape.”

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ike automobiles, archery bows all have their defining characteristics that can breed lifelong customers. Allen Jenkins, 58, owner of Craig’s Sand Springs Archery, says although archery shooters have their unique preferences, one product line stands out as the Cadillac among Moffat County bow hunters: the Hoyt. “Bows are just like cars,” Jenkins says. “They all have their own specific features people either like or don’t like, but there are a lot of Hoyt shooters in Craig.” Jenkins recently expanded his business into a larger space equipped with a target to allow customers to “test drive” bows, and also expanded his product line to include the highly sought-after Hoyt brand (he also sells Martin, PSE and Parker bows in his shop). Although Jenkins was born in Oak Creek and raised in Craig, he’s a relative new-

comer when it comes to slinging arrows. He picked up the sport about five years ago and was converted after his first trip into the field with a bow instead of his trusty rifle. “There’s always something thrilling about being in the outdoors, but the weather is nicer and you get to hear more elk bugling during bow season,” he says. Sand Springs Archery, which he opened in July 2012, offers new and consignment bows as well as a full-service repair shop. Jenkins sells used bows for a 20 percent fee largely to expand the sport to novices. “It’s a good opportunity for first-time shooters to try the sport and find out if they like it,” he says. “More often than not people come back for a new bow.” With a rotating schedule as an equipment operator for Colowyo Coal Company, holding regular business hours is difficult. But look for a 3-D target out on Fourth Street as the surest sign that Sand Springs Archery is open. Customers also can set up a repair appointment by calling 970-824-0139.

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Understanding Preference points By Dave Buchanan

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favorite hunting-camp conversation is how to get a big-game license through the state’s computer system. While not many hunters understand the convoluted system of checks and balances, most questions about how hunting licenses are allocated can be answered quite simply. “It all depends on preference points,” says Henrietta Turner, manager of the license administration section for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It’s a misconception, she adds, to think there’s pre-set order by which licenses are drawn. For as long as licenses have been distributed through a computer-generated distribution system, there have been complaints that somehow human elements affect the way licenses are shared. But in reality, Turner says, there’s little chance of outside influence. The process starts with each license application number being inverted and then converted to another sixdigit number by computer to insure the draw is random. Once you accrue sufficient preference points to qualify for the draw in a given unit, that final application number determines your place in the draw, with lower numbers drawn before higher numbers. But even if you have the right number of preference points needed to draw a license, once the quota for a hunting unit is reached, you may not get a license. Which is why, of two people with the same number of preference points, one may get a license (a better draw number) and the other won’t. And why, especially with the so-called “hybrid draw” for licenses in units requiring 10 or more preference points, someone holding the minimum number of points but fewer preference points than you might get a license thanks to a better draw number. The deer and elk drawing ratio is under a “soft-cap,” meaning both residents and nonresidents are guaranteed up to, but not necessarily all, 65 or 35 percent of the draw licenses, depending on the unit. But how much of that soft-cap quota is reached depends on how many preference points the other side holds. The wildlife commission established the 60:40 resident-to-nonresident cap in 2001. It’s presently at 65:35 or 80:20, depending on the game unit. State terrestrial manager John Broderick says his staff spent 100 hours this past spring looking at the effects of a hard-cap (guaranteed license allocations) on nonresident licenses. He says the final line showed a $600,000 loss of elk income and an increase of $230,000

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in deer income if nonresidents were given a hard-cap preference in the draw. “That’s an overall loss of $370,00 in income,” Broderick says. Some of that lost elk revenue was due to the sale (or actually nonsale) of leftover licenses, those licenses unclaimed during the computer draw. Under the current soft-cap system, any licenses not claimed during the regular draw, whether resident or nonresident, high point requirement or not, go into a pool from which anyone can purchase that tag. This results in licenses not allocated to nonresidents instead may get purchased by a resident paying about one-twelfth of the nonresident fee. Also, some licenses never get allocated or bought through the leftover system and are “burned,” with no revenue to the state. Resident hunters already have a one-day advantage over nonresidents when it comes to buying leftover licenses. The exercise also found that more than 77 percent of all nonresident elk hunters (and 79 percent of nonresident deer hunters) used only their first-choice on their applications, opting for a preference point instead of selecting the second through fourth choices. In comparison, 45 percent of resident elk hunters (42.5 percent of deer hunters) were first-choice appli-

cants with 34 percent of both elk and deer hunters taking that second choice license. This means a majority of nonresident hunters are willing to gamble on getting their first choice and if it doesn’t happen, they’ll pay $3 to accumulate another preference point, not participate in the leftover license sales, and sit home for a year. This accumulation of preference points exacerbates preference point “creep,” meaning it takes more points each year to draw a license. “But resident hunters want to hunt every year, so they’ll take that second, third and fourth choice,” Broderick says, and not accumulate preference points at the rate nonresidents. Which is why so many residents burn through the preference points, then wonder why nonresidents seem to have all the preference points. If the nonresidents were under a hard cap, which guarantees a certain number of licenses going to nonresidents, it could result in nonresidents receiving licenses with fewer preference points than residents. Under the soft-cap system, once the pool of applicants for a first-choice license is exhausted, any remaining licenses move to the other side of the draw. However, a hard-cap would eliminate the movement, meaning even if a number of nonresident licenses were remaining after the first-choice draw, those licenses would not be available for residents to purchase as leftover licenses. 2013 | colorado Hunter

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A tale of the taxing times Tax laws affect hunting parcels By Eugene Buchanan


or Chris Ricks and his brother, Jeff, preserving a pristine hunting ranch south of Hayden is proving difficult thanks to Uncle Sam’s estate tax laws. The brothers, as beneficiaries of the John Ricks Family Trust, are owners of the 4,100-acre R Bar None Ranch that their father, John, bought in 1989 after falling in love with the region. Held under a Conservation Easement that restricts development, it has a 1,200-squarefoot hunting cabin and for more than 20 years they’ve leased it to hunters, with an 85 percent success rate. Some hunters have come back for 18 years in a row. Nearly a dozen proud fathers can say they accompanied their son as they took their first elk on the ranch. Chris and Jeff became owners of the ranch following the passing of their parents John and Beverly, whose ashes are scattered on the property. The problems

arose after the market declined. “The government assessed the ranch at the 2008 peak market value and want 45 percent of that figure even though its worth has dropped considerably since then,” he says. “They’re saying, ‘Either give us half of it, or we’ll take it.’” The problem isn’t unique to the Ricks. High estate taxes have long affected properties passed from generation to generation. When values decrease significantly, as they have in the past four years, the recipients are often left holding a liability instead of a trophy. “It’s a glaring example of what’s wrong with today’s estate tax,” Ricks says. “It’s a legacy piece of property. We’re trying to hang onto the tradition of this large elk habitat and preserve its open space, but we’re running out of time and can’t do it alone.” While the laws have changed since then — according to tax attorney Gregg Kampf, the estate tax exemption is now at $5.25 million per person, up from $2.5 million in 2008 — that does little to help the Ricks. “It can be devastating,” says Kampf, a partner in firm of Hoskin, Farina and Kampf in Grand Junction. “Back then, the market was incredibly high and the exemption rate low, so it’s a double-whammy, especially at a tax rate of 45 percent. The exemption rate has now more than doubled since then. Someone today can pass on a lot more because of higher exemptions and lower values. “It’s still a problem on huge ranches,” he adds. “If all you have is real estate to pass down and the recipients have to come up with cash for the government, it can be difficult — especially if the property value declines. And these ranches usually offer prime hunting. That’s where all the elk habitat is.” The choices for the Ricks are simple. Either they sell the property outright and leave the land where their parents’ ashes are scattered or find a third party to come aboard and share their vision for this unique piece of land. “Big pieces of property like this held in long-standing value are being broken apart,” Ricks says. “It’s causing these legacies and heritages to be shattered. The reason to have properties like this is for legacy and tradition, but unfortunately we’re in this position.” — For more information on the Ricks’ property, contact, 970-879-2149.

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he 2013 hunting season in Northwest Colorado is shaping up well despite concerns about new firearm legislation that took effect July 1. After Colorado House Bills 13-1224 and 13-1229 were signed into law, hunting concerns arose when out-of-state hunters said they might boycott Colorado if the gun laws passed. While there still are several steps to go in the license sales and distribution process, the limited big game draw showed a 4 percent increase in demand for Colorado in 2013 compared to 2012. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, more than 197,000 people put in for elk licenses in Colorado, compared to 191,000 last year. Of the 103,000 people who drew licenses, 28,452 were out-of-staters, up by 400 from 2012. In most regional GMUs, the demand for cow elk licenses is equal to or higher than last year. Mule deer demand is also up this year. To Colorado Parks and Wildlife, that’s a good sign to meet their goal of managing herds. The laws “really won’t affect hunting, and hunting regulations haven’t changed,” says CPW’s Mike Porras. “During the application and draw process, we saw

the 4 percent increase, and that’s a positive sign. But we still need to see over-thecounter sales.” Chris Jurney, owner of Craig’s Chris Jurney Outfitting, thinks over-the-counter sales is where Colorado could see some trouble. “A boycott won’t necessarily show up in a limited draw, where you have a higher potential for trophy animals,” he says. “The place it will show up this year is during the over-the-counter, second and third seasons. There’s still a demand, but I believe we’ll be affected.” Nonresident hunters accounted for 17 percent of the CPW budget last year, according to CPW data. While 2013 appears to be another good year for hunting in Colorado, people are concerned about the years to come. Shari Kempton, of Maybell’s R&R Ranch, is a landowner from Florida who watched the Colorado laws pass from afar. She heard immediate concern from hunters. “I think everybody got nervous at first and a lot of my regular hunters called and were asking questions,” Kempton says. “I told them I thought everything was going to be OK, and so far it has.”

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Craig now “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” By Darian Warden It’s official: Craig is now the “Elk Hunting Capital of the World.” Having spent five years building the brand, businessman John Ponikvar trademarked the phrase this spring. “It’s fantastic,” says Christina Oxley, of the Craig Chamber of Commerce. “I have a lot of respect for him taking this effort on, supporting it with his own dollars, marketing it and getting it trademarked.” Ponikvar says he trademarked the phrase to give the community some identification. “We were trying to brand Craig and they didn’t like my ideas so I thought, ‘Shoot, I’ll go do it myself,’” he says. Several years and thousands of dollars later, Craig is on the map, with the logo appearing on bumper stickers, banners, hats,

T-shirts and more. “It’s worth it,” he adds. “Hopefully it’s a source of pride for Craig and Moffat County.” Oxley says trademarking the phrase likely will bring good things for Craig, and they’ve already received positive feedback from visitors. “It gives us great visibility and searchability online,” Oxley says. “Every time somebody inputs elk hunting, having that as our brand draws people.” Ponikvar adds that a man who films outdoor hunting shows even already found a hat with the phrase at a Georgia golf course and because of it, decided to film an elk hunt for their show in Craig. “I’ve been hunting in Florida and New Zealand and took Tshirts and hats with me,” he says. “Everyone loves them. It’s starting to get around the world.”

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Hunting 101 Big game tips for elk, deer and pronghorn How to hunt elk Filling your elk tag and putting meat in your freezer isn’t a given. On any given year, hunter success rates for elk in Colorado clock in near 20 percent. Following are a few tips to better your chances: Spread out. In warm weather, elk stay spread out over vast areas at high elevations at and above timberline. When snow falls, elk will usually start to move, bunch up, and look for food sources at lower elevations or on slopes offering exposed vegetation. However, the snow fall must be significant; usually more than a foot of snow must be on the ground to get elk moving. Embrace the hike. While ATVs are great for getting you off the beaten path and deep in the woods, experts recommend going beyond where they can take you. Hunt slowly and quietly far from any road. Elk are smart, move quickly at any hint of danger and hide in rugged terrain. They also typically gather in groups of 10 or more. If one is spooked, they all move and they can run easily for a mile or more. Scope transition areas. Experts suggest watching transition areas at first light and Photo by John DePalma 32 |

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at dusk. Elk are most active during the night and graze in transition areas — i.e. meadows next to heavy timber, and where different types of vegetation meet near ridgelines. Find where animals graze at night and you might find them in adjacent areas during the day. Don’t neglect dark timber. In particular, check out cool north-facing slopes and hard-to-reach areas during the day. Move quietly for short distances. Move quickly and quietly. Then scan the woods for 10 minutes or more before moving again. Even in dense forest use binoculars to discern subtle movement or unusual colors. Move far above or below roads. In areas where two roads are in close proximity, locate the most difficult terrain in between. Line your shot carefully. Elk are difficult to knock down. Deliver your shot in the critical area of the lungs and heart just behind and below the front quarters. Never try for a head shot.

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success rates as high as 45 percent for mule deer — deer hunting still can be challenging. Follow these tips to improve your chances of filling your tag. Hunt varied terrain. Mule deer don’t spend much time in heavy timber, preferring aspen and forest edges, low shrubs and varied vegetation. In warm weather, look for deer along ridgelines. Hunt at dawn and dusk. Mule deer are most active at night and often can be found in meadow areas during low-light hours. During the day, they bed down in protective cover. Scout out edges. During low-light hours, hunt in meadows at the edge of thick cover. Deer move during the middle of the day toward the areas where they feed in the evening. Stalk slowly. Spend time scanning slowly with binoculars. Monitor wind direction. If the wind is blowing in the direction you’re moving, a deer likely will pick up your scent. Also, avoid hunting near moving water during the day. Play off their curiosity. When mule deer are spooked, they’ll often run a short distance then turn to see if they are being pursued. This may offer the chance for a shot. Go to snow. Light snow will get deer moving quickly out of high-altitude areas to their winter range areas. Aim for the vitals. It’s a small target — about the size of a dinner plate just behind the front quarter — but it represents your best chance for success.

How to Hunt Pronghorns Pronghorn hunters enjoy the highest success rate of all big game hunters, with success rates often as high as 60 percent. Still, even with Colorado’s population of 80,000

pronghorns (many of which are in the northwest part of the state), filling your tag isn’t a sure thing. While they’re easier to locate than deer or elk, pronghorn hunting requires a different set of strategies. Ask for private land permission early. Never wait until opening day. If properly asked in advance, many landowners are willing to allow access and might even offer directions to the best locations and information about watering holes and road access. Keep hidden. Pronghorn have the vision of looking through 8X binoculars. They also can burst into a sprint of more than 60 mph to stay out of range of even expert marksmen. Be patient. A stalk may include crawling on your belly for an hour only to have the animals spook and quickly move. Only one out of five stalks gets you close enough for a shot. Be prepared to crawl the final few hundred yards — even if it’s through yucca, sagebrush, cactus and cow pies (some hunters sew leather patches on their knees and elbows for added protection). See them first. This gives you a huge advantage. Avoid ridge tops and hills, and move through draws and along the back sides of ridges to avoid detection. Consider wind direction. It’s easy to send a foreign odor in their direction. Winds change direction less frequently on wide-open prairies. Catch your breath before firing. Crawling can be exhausting. Steady yourself before the shot. Try an ambush. Waterholes and fence lines are good places to wait (they tend to go under fences rather than over). Pronghorns alternate between feeding grounds and watering holes during the day. But they move unpredictably. Practice flagging. Pronghorns react with curiosity to shiny things and other objects. Flagging piques their curiosity and gets them to come to you. After you 2013 | colorado Hunter

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spot an animal, walk back and forth in an adjacent downwind draw while hoisting a white handkerchief on a stick (or sit with a flag flapping above you). They might approach you. Nail your shot. Shot selection is important. Pronghorn present a small target; the vital area is the size of a small plate. Shots also tend to be longer, especially on windy days when the animals are more alert. Know the capabilities of your rifle and scope.

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lk and deer aren’t the only trophy big game on hunter’s wish lists for northwest Colorado. The area also is a hotbed for moose, the largest deer in the world. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reintroduced moose to the North Park region in 1978. In 2005, it introduced moose on Grand Mesa, and in 2008 it transferred another group of moose to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area near Meeker. Since these reintroductions, moose have thrived through Northwest Colorado, spelling a good chance of success for properly prepared hunters. The giant herbivores, which can reach 6 feet at their shoulders and top 1,000 pounds, love the habitat of Western Colorado so much that their numbers continue to grow. The North Park population is estimated at more than 500, with the Middle Park herd topping 300 and the Grand Mesa population hovering around 250. If you were lucky enough to pull a license this year — the chance of getting one out of nearly 11,000 annual applicants is about 2 percent — don’t rush into trying to fill your tag. Experts recommend being more patient on your hunt than for any other big game. Moose are relatively solitary and can be difficult to find. Stick to forested areas, particularly those near marshes and swamps. Any area thick with willows, their primary source of food, also is prime habitat. Moose also eat pine needles and deciduous tree leaves as well as aquatic plants and aspen trees. Your best chance to see one is early in the morning or late afternoon. Be aware that they also can be extremely aggressive, especially when startled, and are known to defend their home territory.

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In 2011, more than a dozen moose were killed by hunters who thought they were shooting cow elk. Know the difference. Illegally shooting a moose carries a fine starting at $1,350. “If you’re not 100 percent certain about the target, do not pull that trigger,” says Parks and Wildlife Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde. “It’s a serious concern that some hunters are either unable to properly identify their target, or are simply too impatient to take a responsible shot.” Wildlife managers say that accidents usually involve a combination of poor judgment, low-light conditions, a long-distance view of the animal and not using a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope. “A serious hunter understands the importance of good optics,” says Dean Riggs, assistant regional manager in the Northwest Region. “In many incidents, binoculars or a spotting scope could have helped the hunter identify their target.” Unlike their moose cousins farther north, the Shiras

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moose found in Colorado can be found in a wide range of habitats. While the animals favor streamside and pondside willows, you also might run into moose in lodgepole pine, oak brush, aspen, spruce, fir and even sagebrush flats, the same habitat preferred by elk. But they’re vastly different in size, color, antler shape and habits. A mature bull moose weighs 1,200 pounds — twice that of the average bull elk. Moose are dark brown and appear almost black. Elk are light brown or golden, with a pale yellow rump. Moose also have large, bulbous noses and a “bell,” or large flap of skin, hanging under their throat (an elk’s snout is narrower with no “bell”). Bull moose also have broad, flat antlers, unlike the pointed antlers of an elk (warning: the antlers on some young bull moose haven’t flattened out yet). Other telltale features include white/ gray inner legs and an overhanging snout. Moose also act differently than elk. Typically, moose will not flee like elk at the sight of a hunter. Your best bet: always identify your target before shooting. — Dave Buchanan

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t’s not a good time to be a black bear in Western Colorado. After years of seeing bear populations grow and hearing a chorus of complaints from hunters, livestock growers and farmers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is set to reverse that growth. This spring, it approved a statewide increase in black bear licenses — with the largest increase occurring in the eight units of the Grand Mesa bear management area. From 480 licenses in 2012 to 1,000 licenses in 2013, the inflation continues a trend in which the number of Grand Mesa bear licenses has tripled during the past three years. “Just in the Northwest region, our licenses have gone from 4,737 in 2008 to 11,705 in 2013,” says Ron Velarde, co-manager of Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region. That’s more than were offered in the entire state in 2003, when 11,254 licenses were available. This fall, 21,167 licenses are available statewide, 20 percent more than last year. The high number is because of a higher estimate of the bear population after several years of research, as well as the general failure of hunters to harvest bears. Last year, hunters harvested 1,172 bears and another 630 were killed in non-hunter deaths, including roadkills, livestock growers protecting their flocks and other causes. State carnivore manager Jerry Apker currently puts the state’s bear population at around 16,000 to 18,000 animals. “We’ve been very conservative in our bear management and consequently the bear population has grown,” Apker says. “This year we’ve doubled the number of licenses, which vastly exceed the demand, but when you use license numbers (to control populations), it takes hunters a while to respond.” While elk hunters plug along at around a 21 to 24 percent success rate each year, for bear hunters it’s 9 to 11 percent — even with no shortage of quarry. “As part of changing our bear management plan we wanted to suppress the bear population on Grand Mesa to the point where the adult sow harvest was driving the population,” says JT Romatzke, Parks and Wildlife Area 7 manager. He adds that adult sows are the hardest to kill because they don’t move around as much. By monitoring the take of adult sows, biologists can follow population trends. When fewer sows are taken, the population is larger; when more sows are harvested, the reproductive side of the population is affected. Currently about 40 percent of the annual harvest is adult sows. “When the harvest of sows grows, we know we’re starting to move the population down,” Romatzke says. “If we can get sows to 50 percent of the harvest, we’ll probably start to pull back on license numbers.” While game damage issues and concerns about human conflicts drove the license decisions, bear conflicts are less in Area 7 than in other bear-rich areas such as the Roaring Fork Valley. “Last year was a good food year for bears and we only had a couple of places where there were conflicts,” says Romatzke, citing Battlement Mesa and Rifle as hot spots for bear conflicts. “Our challenge comes not so much from the human element as what Mother Nature gives us.” There also are bears setting up house in the cornfields around Mack and Loma. “They probably came down here came in 1997 or 2002 when we had (natural) food shortages and discovered a good food source,” Romatzke adds. “They started denning and having cubs and now their cubs are learning that habit. This isn’t an appropriate place for them and we don’t want them here.” 2013 | colorado Hunter

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Hunting when it’s dry By Eugene Buchanan With June coming in like a lamb and leaving like a thirstier lamb (Routt County saw only 0.01 inches of precipitation the entire month), hunting conditions could well be like they were last year: dry. This means everything from low flows in area rivers for fishing and potential fire restrictions when camping to affecting big game movement and behavior. “If it stays hot and dry, elk and deer will hold up longer in the shade and not want to come out until it cools off,” says Dave Keller, a guide for Silver Creek Outfitters out of Steamboat Springs. “They might not be moving much during the day.” He adds that game also might try to get to water more, especially during bow season. Sub-par moisture also might affect the growth of feed. While spring rains kicked high-altitude feed into high gear in April and May, herds occupying lower lands might move more than usual. “But there should still be good shade around, so the grass should be fine,” he adds. If the dryness continues, he adds, hunters also might have to beware of the noises they make when tracking. “It’s noisier with dry growth underfoot,” he says. Another

potential factor is scent control. Heat means sweat, whose scent is harder to hide. Hot, dry weather also changes where and when elk and deer herds feed and sleep. That means paying attention to the top forage locations — which might not be someplace you’re familiar with, forcing you to adapt just like the wildlife. “Dry conditions can make it challenging when things are different from what hunters are used to,” says state big-game biologist Any Holland, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, adding that many hunters have grown accustomed to hunting in wetter seasons. Changing tactics, strategy and even hunting areas can be helpful — especially if water sources are scarce. “People hunting in drier areas will have to find waterholes,” maintains Grand Junction taxidermist and hunter Darryl Powell. “If it stays dry, animals will be moving longer distances to find water.” Hunters are advised to look for a water source, whether it’s a spring, river or pond — someplace where forage can grow and animals can survive. Parks and Wildlife biologist Brad Banulis encourages hunters to scope out year-round sources, especially perennial streams. Where you find water, he says, you’ll find a food source. While wildlife officials aren’t too worried about the season, especially with late sea-

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any people hunting in Colorado this season will take advantage of some of the 8.3 million acres of Bureau of Land Management-administered land in Colorado. The Northwest Colorado BLM District manages 5 million acres that include some of the best hunting opportunities in the state. While the BLM manages the land and wildlife habitat, Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the wildlife and regulates hunting on BLM lands.

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BLM land is open to hunting, but you have to have legal access to hunt it. Legal access to most BLM land isn’t a problem. However, some public lands are completely surrounded by private land. If there is not legal access through that private land, you need permission to cross the private land. You are not guaranteed access, even though you are trying to reach public lands. It is your responsibility to know where you are, so use maps and GPS units. It is illegal to post BLM land as private land, but every year a few people try. If you suspect someone has posted public land as private, contact the local BLM office to clarify.


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It is illegal to cross public land at corners. Some areas in the West are “checkerboarded” with public and private lands, or otherwise have sections of public land that are difficult to reach. When the only place tracts of public land touch is at a corner, it may seem like a logical thing to step over the corner from one piece of public land to another. Every year, hunters with armed with GPS units and maps give it a try. Unfortunately, it is illegal to cross at boundary corners.

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Where are all the elk? This is one of the main questions asked of rangers every hunting season. Most elk migrate seasonally based on factors like weather and hunting pressure. Scouting different elevations just before the season begins can make a huge difference. If elk are around, you will typically see more when you are out of your truck or off your ATV. The farther you are from main roads, the better. Keep motorized vehicles on existing or designated roads. This includes retrieving downed game. Rules for motorized travel vary by office, and many offices are either updating or have recently updated their travel management plans. Contact the local office where you are planning to hunt to find out what is permitted.


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Be familiar with Colorado wildlife laws and off-highway vehicle laws — they apply on BLM land. For instance, all offhighway vehicles operated in Colorado — including BLM roads — need to be registered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Nonresidents bringing in OHVs must purchase a Colorado Nonresident OHV permit. The hunting regulation booklets published by Colorado Parks and Wildlife every year, along with their website, are great resources.


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Know the camping rules for BLM. Camping on most BLM Colorado lands is limited to no longer than 14 days in any 30-day period unless otherwise authorized. After the 14 days have been reached, you must move at least 30 air miles from your last campsite. This rule is in place to ensure fair use of campsites as well as to discourage people from residing full-time on public land. There are some exceptions, so check with your local office. Also, if you are bringing in hay to your camp for stock animals, it must be certified weed free. BLM land is multiple-use. BLM lands by law are managed for many different uses. This includes not only a wide variety of recreational uses like hunting, but also many other important economic uses such as energy development and livestock grazing. The BLM strives to find a balance among all these uses. Please respect other users.

Leave your camp cleaner than you found it. The end-of-season camp exodus is often hurried and hectic. But please take time to remove all trash and debris – including those carpet scraps. It is illegal to leave behind personal property or trash. A northern Colorado OHV group recently donated a Saturday for a public lands clean-up and removed nearly 760 pounds of trash left behind from several hunting camps along a mile-stretch of road. You can imagine the terrible impression of hunters this must leave to the general public who also visit these areas. Report illegal activity. Rangers often hear about an illegal activity someone saw well after the fact. The illegal poaching of wildlife is a top priority with both Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the BLM.  To report poachers, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT. Depending on the activity you witness, call the local sheriff’s office or the local BLM office.

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ig-game hunters will find slight changes in this year’s availability of deer licenses (more) and elk licenses (fewer). Total statewide deer license numbers went up by 4 percent to 82,600, all available only by computer draw. State big-game manager Andy Holland says that demand for deer licenses has remained steady throughout the past decade with an estimated 160,000 applicants every year. This year’s total license numbers are up by 2,800 over 2012, but because of their distribution, the harvest is expected to drop 1,000 animals to 32,000 in 2013. So even though more licenses are available, hunter success doesn’t go up in direct correlation.

The majority of the license increase comes in areas where deer herds are rebounding from winter 2007-08 and/or have reached or are above desired buck:doe ratios and population objectives. Those better-performing herds include the Gunnison Basin, where during the 2007-08 winter an estimated 9,000 deer were being fed emergency rations; and in the Middle Park, State Bridge and Sweetwater (western Eagle County) areas. “The herds in Gunnison had a massive mortality event in the winter of 2007-2008 and the recruitment was minimal the next year as well,” Holland says. “The herd currently is recovering in response to productive deer habitat.” Holland also notes that biologists have seen good fawn-to-doe ratios in recent years along with better fawn survival.

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“In the winter of 2011-2012, the Gunnison over-winter fawn survival was one of the highest observed at 86 percent,” Holland says. Estimates put the post-hunt 2012 deer population around 408,000 deer, well below the 418,000 estimated post-hunt 2011. “Our predicted post-hunt population for 2013 is 414,000 as we continue to make progress toward the statewide population objective,” Holland adds. The statewide population objective is in the 525,000 to 575,000 range for the state’s 55 deer herds. While Holland says herds in far Western Colorado still haven’t returned to historic levels, “herds in the central and northern mountains are performing well.” Limited elk license numbers, which make up about 66 percent of total elk license sales, dropped less than 1 percent to 138,300, a reflection of the state’s success in bringing most of the herd to within desired population levels. Photo by Dave Dietrich

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Even accounting for the availability of unlimited over-the-counter bull licenses, the harvest of antlerless elk almost equals the entire bull harvest. Do it yourself, non-guiDeD hunts The license numbers signal a fine-tuning of hunting opportunities, including a lessening of the need for antlerless (cow) harvest as herds reach desired levels, adjusting for the success of the late-season youth elk hunt, and trying to balance license numbers with demand. Holland notes that, even accounting for the availability of unlimited over-thecounter bull licenses, the harvest of antlerless elk almost equals the entire bull harvest. “This illustrates the significant amount of hunting opportunity” these licenses offer, he says. Although 41 percent of the elk herds are above desired population numbers, some hunters and outfitters are complaining that certain elk herds are too low and hunting pressure should be reduced to allow them to grow. Statewide elk numbers peaked at about 300,000 in 2001 but since have declined to the 266,000 estimated post-hunt elk in 2012. “We’re still harvesting cows at a high rate, but it takes a lot of cow harvest to maintain herd size,” Holland says. Pronghorn license numbers were slashed by 21 percent, mostly in the southwest in response to a declining harvest even with more licenses available. Pronghorn harvest peaked at 12,300 in 2010, but subsequent years saw harvest declines, including 11,700 in 2011 and 9,900 in 2012. This year’s predicted harvest is 9,400 with a posthunt population statewide of 65,000 pronghorn.

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s a passionate big game hunter I’m always on the lookout for something that will create a more enjoyable, possibly successful hunt.  Over the years through trial and error, I’ve acquired a feel for what will work, what won’t and what new products may be worth trying.   Being prepared in the backcountry starts with the proper clothing. Flash storms can roll in quickly, turning an 85 degree, sunny afternoon into 45 and raining or even snowing. Sitka Gear of Montana has taken all the advancements of high-end outdoor layering systems and plugged them into a great hunting lineup: comfortable, wicking base layers, warm midlayers and jackets for cool mornings, and waterproof/breathable rain gear for the heaviest downpours. Sitka’s systematic approach to gear has changed the way we hunt in the mountain west.   Another huge boon to hunters in the high country is a quality set of optics. Being able to find game from distant ridges is a massive advantage. For years the best optics manufacturers were the European glass makers like Swarovski and Leica, but

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Having all the necessities to get to work after you’ve harvested your elk is paramount. Game bags, knives, twine to hang quarters or hold a leg if you’re alone, headlamp, scent free wipes, small first aid kit, firestarter, water filter and food are a start. A pack that fits and is functional like the Flash 32 has become my most important piece of equipment because it’s going to carry all these necessary items to keep you moving comfortably and safe.      For going overnight, Big Agnes makes light, high quality tents, sleeping bags and pads, all from their base in Northwest Colorado. There are dozens of options to choose from, all of which will contribute to a more comfortable night’s sleep in the backcountry for a more enjoyable day in the field.

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A letter from Colorado parks and wildlife By Bill de Vergie, CPW Area Wildlife Manager, Meeker


he 2013 hunting seasons should provide good opportunities for sportsmen across Colorado. Depending upon always changing weather conditions, these seasons should be a fun challenge for all hunters. The elk population in Northwest Colorado has been stable for the past several years and license allocations have not changed noticeably. With over-the-counter bull licenses available during the second and third rifle seasons, there is always an opportunity for a sportsman to hunt elk in Colorado. Overall, elk numbers look good, as this past winter did not significantly affect their population. The numbers of bull elk have been slightly higher the past few years so there are reasonably good opportunities for a hunter to see a bull. Deer populations in Northwest Colorado have been lower than desired for several years because of past winter conditions, loss of habitat, predation, development and other issues. With this decrease, licenses allocated also have decreased; however, with some extra effort in scouting and a little good luck, there still are plenty of nice bucks and hunters who draw a deer license for most GMUs should have good opportunities. Antelope herds are also doing well and hunters who have drawn a license should find plenty of opportunities and be successful. Northwest Colorado has some of the highest antelope numbers in the state. Bear seasons also should be good. Our bear populations have been growing and there are more license

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f you fill your tag early, or the weather isn’t cooperating for your hunt, there’s no shortage of activities you can do in Northwest Colorado. Following is a sampler of how to stay busy when you’re not out in the bush.

HOT SPRINGS It’s almost as if the region’s multiple hot springs were custom-made for hunters, each ready to soothe tired legs and aching backs. If you’re in Steamboat Springs,

Old Town Hot Springs, near the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, provides the most convenient soaking option and a little excitement with its recently remodeled pools and pair of 230-foot slides ( If you have time, make the 7-mile trip to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs north of town on Routt County Road 36. Strawberry Park features a series of natural stone pools tucked into the hillside along Hot Springs Creek ( You can also take a walking tour of seven hot springs scattered

throughout downtown. Farther south, the Meeker Recreation Center features a family aquatics area with a four-lane lap pool, diving well, therapeutic whirlpool, water slide, hot tub and lazy river, with extended fall hours to stay open after dark. There’s also the sprawling complex of 22 pools and private baths at the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa right along the Colorado River (

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Firearm connoisseurs will want to take a look at the Museum of Northwest Colorado ( Housed in the historic former Colorado State Armory building, the museum in the heart of downtown Craig showcases the Cowboy and Gunfighter Museum as well as a new Craig centennial exhibit and a collection of nearly 1,000 working cowboy artifacts and railroad memorabilia. Meeker visitors can revel in the past with a trip to the historic downtown Meeker Hotel, where Teddy Roosevelt once stayed, as well as a trip to the White River Museum. “It’s free, there’s a lot of homestead goodies and artifacts, the whole story of the Meeker Massacre, and the curators are very knowledgeable and can The Gary Cooper Suite at The Meeker Hotel is one of cover a lot of genealogy,” says Suzan several rooms themed after famous guests who have Pelloni, executive director of Meeker stayed at the establishment. Chamber of Commerce. Other notable museums include downtown Steamboat’s Tread of Pioneers Museum ( — complete with exhibits exploring Steamboat’s Olympic heritage, ranching roots and outlaw tales from its Wild West past — as well as the quirky and unique collections at Craig’s Wyman Living History Museum ( If you have the time, you also can drive west to Maybell and then turn east on Colorado Highway 318 for 70 miles to the John Jarvie Ranch (435-781-4400) in Brown’s Park along the Green River, where outlaws like Butch Cassidy rode. There you’ll find a one-room stone building built by outlaw Jack Bennett; a museum with displays and video history; a two-room dugout where Jarvie and his wife Nellie first lived; a blacksmith shop and corral, constructed from hand-hewn railroad ties which drifted down from Green River, Wyo.; and a replica of the general store built in 1881 and furnished with many artifacts from the Jarvie period, including the original safe which was robbed by the men that murdered John Jarvie. Photo by Andy Bockelman

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SIGHTS If you’re heading to or from the 235,406-acre Flat Tops Wilderness Area for your hunt, consider the trip on the 82-mile Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway from Yampa to Meeker. “It’s great just to go check out Trappers Lake, but in the fall it’s especially worth it to see the leaves changing,” says Pelloni. Another scenic drive is the 101-mile Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic and Historic Byway from Walden to Fort Collins. Stop by the State Forest State Park along the way to find out why Walden has earned the title of “moose-viewing capital of Colorado.” Closer to town, consider the short but spectacular hike to Fish Creek Falls just east of Steamboat or the 3-mile loop trail up Cedar Mountain, just northwest of Craig, providing great views of the Flat Tops and Elkhead Mountains. If you’re in between the two towns, consider the Carpenter Ranch, where the 1.5-mile interpretive trail loop in the Yampa River Preserve (free and open dawn to dusk) gives you a chance to spot some of the Nature Conservancy preserve’s 150 bird species.

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on’t overlook basic spices when it comes to cooking game — they’re the foundations of a great-tasting meal. “Rosemary, garlic and onions, and salt and pepper do wonders,” Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co. owner Bill Hamil says. Shoulder cuts of elk, deer and antelope are ideal for crock pot cooking and stewing, he adds, and need to be cooked longer. The leg, hind quarters and loin should be cooked similarly to beef. When grilling lean meats, use salt, pepper and garlic. Rub the meat with olive oil, Hamil said, and make sure the grill is well-oiled before starting. And don’t overcook. “Cook all the prime cuts medium rare,” he says. Local chef Pat Roberts agrees, adding that a good marinade also helps tenderize and flavor game. He marinades his game meats with a secret recipe that he says has “a citrus flare to it.” You also can marinade meat in soda pop or garlic. Even a marinade in milk or salt water can eliminate “gamey flavor.” “Customize it to your tastes,” Roberts says. “Play with it and have fun.” When it comes to burger, many hunters get a small percentage of fat ground into it during processing, and it’s great straight from the grill to the bun, or in everything from spaghetti sauce to chili. Local Walt Vanatta swears by a standard elk chili recipe he often makes for Craig Chamber of Commerce events. It employs the same spices as standard beef chili, only with elk burger instead. And therein lies the beauty of cooking big game. “You can do anything with wild game that you can do with beef,” Roberts says. “Just adjust the cooking time so you don’t overcook it.”

Elk Stroganoff 2 lbs. elk steak, cubed vegetable cooking spray 1/4 cup water 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed 1 lb. Fresh mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed 2 10 oz. cans cream of mushroom soup (or white sauce) 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce salt and pepper to taste 2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt 1 lb. prepared pasta or rice Spray a large skillet with vegetable spray. Add 1/4 cup water. Over medium heat, sauté onion until translucent. Add meat and garlic. Cook until meat is browned, about five minutes. Add mushroom caps, cream of mushroom soup and Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare pasta and drain. Just before serving, add sour cream to stroganoff mixture. Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil. Serve immediately by spooning over pasta or rice.

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Fish On! Angling options abound in Western Colorado By Tom Ross and Eugene Buchanan


ifle or rod, it doesn’t matter in western Colorado — world-class options abound for both pastimes. Whether you’ve filled your tag or simply want a break from hitting the trail, Western Colorado offers hot spots for trout as well as trophy bulls. From the boundless lakes atop Grand Mesa and the Colorado and Gunnison rivers near Grand Junction, to the White River and lakes of the Flat Tops near Meeker, to the Yampa and Elk rivers near Craig and Steamboat Springs, to the upper Colorado and William’s Fork outside Kremmling, the region has enough world-class angling options to keep you casting for years. And wetting a line can be the perfect tonic to complement time chasing deer and elk.

“It’s the perfect companion activity to hunting,” maintains Brett Lee, a veteran hunter, fly-fisherman and co-owner of Straightline Sporting Goods in Steamboat Springs. “The whole region here offers some great options, from high alpine lakes to cool, clear rivers. The Yampa has great public fishing access, the White by Meeker fishes well, and the high mountain lakes where people hunt are fantastic.” The heart of hunting season also is when fishing in area lakes and rivers is best, with aquatic and insect life teeming. And the trout sense the onset of Old Man Winter, meaning your flies and lures don’t go unnoticed. “Fall is a great time to fish here,” Lee says. “Fish know winter’s coming and start feeding.” Following is a primer on where to cast your rod.

Rules and Regulations A Colorado fishing license is required for all anglers 16 and older. Nonresident fees: Annual, $56; five-day, $21; one-day, $9. Colorado residents can get an annual license for $26 ($1 for seniors 64 and older). License holders also must purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $10. 2013 Colorado fishing regulations for trout: Daily bag limit: Four fish in aggregate. Possession limit: eight fish in aggregate. The Steamboat stretch of the Yampa is flies and lures/catch-and-release only. Info:, 800-244-5613

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Get a Guide As with hunting, hiring a trusted, local guide is well worth the price of admission. Not only can they provide access to trophy-filled private waters, but they’ll also help you with your technique and decide what’s best to use. Expect to pay several hundred dollars for the privilege, depending on where you go. Also, don’t hesitate to ask local fly shop experts for advice. A sampling of guided options include: Steamboat Springs: Straightline Sports (970-879-7568) Bucking Rainbow Outfitters (970-879-8747) Steamboat Flyfisher (970-879-6552) Walden: North Park Anglers, (970-723-4215) Rifle: High Flies Angler (970-274-2669) Grand Junction: Western Anglers (970-244-8658)

Coursing its way from the Flat Tops Wilderness Area west to its confluence with the Green River, the Yampa River offers more than 100 miles of prime fishing, especially during the cooler hunting months of autumn when trouts’ metabolisms come alive. Prime public areas include the Stagecoach tailwaters just below Stagecoach Lake, the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area three miles south of Steamboat Springs on County Road 14 (including a pond teeming with northern pike), and the six-mile town stretch, which carries as many as 2,000 trout per mile. For flies, try elk hair caddis, bright green caddis emergers or weighted streamers. The Elk River offers public access upstream of Hinman Park Bridge along Seedhouse Road, or at the Christina Wildlife Area along its lower portion on Routt County Road 129 northwest of town. In Jackson County, try the blue ribbon trout waters of the North Platt River, or the countless meandering streams near the county seat and hunting hotbed of Walden. Farther south in Grand County near Kremmling, the upper Colorado lures anglers the world over, as does the hidden treasure William’s Fork. Those hunting near Craig can fish for smallmouth bass and northern pike in Elkhead Reservoir and the Yampa (try white/chartreuse streamers and lures for “smallies”), and also troll these spots for trout. Another

world-class, Moffat County option is to head west to the Green River in Browns Park, offering blue-ribbon trout fishing on three great sections of water (A, B and C). The area is known for its large brown trout and clear, cold water released from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The White River, which flows through Meeker and Rangely, drains the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and teems with trout in the fall. Head upstream from Meeker on Moffat County Road 8 toward Buford, where you can branch up the south or north fork, or try the Meeker town stretch, the section between Meeker and Rangley, or the the Rangely reach. Near Grand Junction, river fishing doesn’t get any better than the blue-ribbon water of the Gunnison River Gorge below Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which attracts anglers every season of the year. While you can wade fish in the stretch near the take-out at Gunnison Forks at the confluence of the river’s north fork, for the best action book a float trip through the gorge.

Lakes and Reservoirs For big lake fishing, hit any number of reservoirs near Craig and Steamboat (Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Lake and Elkhead Reservoir). Recent expansions have increased the sizes of Stagecoach and Elkhead. “Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been stocking them with bigger fish than normal to give them a chance to survive the northern pike,” says Straightline’s Lee. 2013 | colorado Hunter

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October is when the fish charge out of the depths to feed before winter sets in. Cooler temperatures also bring rainbows back into shallower water. Go early and be prepared to get your fly down 10 to 11 feet. Boat rentals are available at the marinas of Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake. For fly patterns, try woolly buggers in olive, black and brown to imitate minnows. As water temperatures drop, slow your reeling motion. “Autumn’s cold water dictates a slower retrieve,” said Lee, adding that crayfish patterns are also a good bet.

There also are countless smaller lakes to dip a line. On the other side of the Park Range from Steamboat, in Jackson County, are the Delaney Buttes lakes, all of which offer free camping, as well as Big Creek Lake and Lake John. In the Flat Tops Wilderness Area are Trapper’s Lake, where you can rent canoes, rowboats and rustic accommodations, as well as Chapman, Sheriff and Stillwater reservoirs, and the smaller fish hideouts of Rainbow and Mosquito lakes. North of Steamboat are Hahn’s Peak and Pearl lakes,

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hether you need the personal attention that only a small town can provide or connections reaching halfway around the world, the business scene of Meeker is raring to help out hunters. Consider Stan Wyatt, owner of Wyatt’s Sports Center, who is entering his 19th year supplying hunters with camouflage, knives, ammo and other gear. “Most of our business is nonresidents,” Wyatt says. “We get a lot of repeats. We see so many people year after year that it’s hard to remember them all.” Wyatt estimates he has had a customer from every state in the country and beyond. “We’ve had them from Alaska, Hawaii and Canada, and even England,” he says. “It’s beautiful country around here, which is an added bonus. People always say what a great little town it is and how friendly the people are. It has a great reputation.”

Such repeat business is also important in the hospitality sector, with accommodations ranging from the historic Meeker Hotel to the more contemporary Blue Spruce Inn. “It’s usually the same groups coming back and it’s always nice to see them,” Blue Spruce Manager Beckey Dowker says. “It’s like family coming back every year.” As a hunter, Dowker says she was a little worried that changing gun laws might result in fewer sportsmen visiting. But numbers are still up. Another concern is bringing back people who aren’t used to a rural zone. While some patrons are just looking for a place to sleep, those seeking a bustling social scene are a little underwhelmed by the variety of activities. “Some people are like, ‘Well, what do you do here for fun?’ but most people like that it’s just a little mountain town,” Dowker says. It speaks to the charm of Meeker that there are resi-

dents who have seen many wonders of the world yet wouldn’t live anywhere else. Bill Wille, owner of Antler Taxidermy, first came to town decades ago for the hunting and has operated his service for the past 34 years with his wife, Donna. His interest in the art dates back to the age of 12, when he wanted to stuff his first kill, an albino chipmunk. He has since moved on to bigger game, his largest being a full-grown elephant. Wille’s garage/workshop is a veritable menagerie, with more than 200 mounts of large cats, bears, rodents, fowl and many other creatures. One of his most difficult prizes is an ibex he pursued in the mountains of Turkey. For 25 years, he’s led safari excursions in Africa, but Meeker always remains close to his heart. “The hunting is why I came out here, and that’s what I still love about it,” he says. And that, as well as the friendly reception they get when they arrive, is what visitors also love about the Meeker area.

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arly season big-game hunters, whether toting a bow, blackpowder rifle or rifle, are bound to run into some warm weather. Despite the physical comfort of not battling snow or cold, this can bring some unique challenges, from staying hydrated, protecting yourself from sun and being careful with fire. But it’s equally important to take of the animal you harvest. “The biggest thing,” says Grand Junction taxidermist Darren Powell, “is to get the animal cooled off as soon as possible.” Powell says all too often he sees early season animals whose hide and meat are spoiled when a hunter takes too long to get the heavy hide off. “People don’t understand how much heat hides can hold, and even a few hours in warm weather means all

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protecting their investment. With no snow or freezing temperatures to help cool meat rapidly, Anderegg says hunters should put the meat where the heat will dissipate rapidly. “Get it skinned and hang it in the shade or spread it out so the heat disperses,” he says. “Even if it’s in bags, if you stack the meat, the heat won’t disperse.” “Plus, the hind quarters are usually the first thing to go,” Anderegg says. “Because they are so massive with so much meat and bones, it’s hard to get them completely chilled down.” As always, the key to making sure your game animal is getting it skinned quickly. As temperatures continue to cool into the autumn, it’s easier to make sure the hard work you invested in the hunt will be rewarded all year long with steaks, roasts and hamburger.

A case study in spoilage Mike Taylor, a bowhunter from Pennsylvania, killed a 5-point bull elk on Grand Mesa last year and walked away with a nice shoulder mount trophy, courtesy of Grand Junction taxidermist Darren Powell. But he didn’t get as much meat as he would have liked. Taylor lost his elk in the dark after arrowing it the night before and didn’t find until early the next morning. Even though he was hunting at nearly 10,000 feet on Grand Mesa, it wasn’t cold enough to ensure the meat wouldn’t spoil. After cleaning the elk, Taylor piled elk parts in the truck for the drive to Grand Junction but the night out, lying unskinned against the still-warm ground, and two hours or so in the truck and sun, was enough to ruin part of the meat. Taylor had the elk meat in game bags, ready for the processor, and at first glance the meat seemed well taken care of, clean and well-cooled. But 30 minutes later, while leaving the front and hindquarters and back straps with Rick Nehm at Old World Meat & Marketplace, Nehm says some of the meat had already spoiled. “I could smell it,” he says, adding that the entire hindquarter was spoiled. “It was a faint sour smell.”

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ith most animals located off the beaten track, inherent risks come with hunting. You’re often far from help, in unfamiliar terrain, and alone. Knowing basic survival techniques and packing appropriately is essential. Routt County Search and Rescue team member Darrel Levingston has spent many a cold night locating lost hunters and has seen all the mistakes, from not monitoring the weather to getting lost. His advice: Utilize modern technology. Cellphones and GPS’s help your orientation and rescuers. But he cautions not to rely on them. “Technology has changed search and rescue, but electronics have limitations,” he says. “Always also take a map and compass.”

Ten essentials ■ Topo map, magnetic compass and other navigational aids such as cell phones, GPS’s or Personal Locator Beacons. “Keep your batteries in a pocket next to your body and keep the cellphone off until you need it,” Levingston says. ■ Waterproof matches in a waterproof container, candle/fire starter. Levingston brings a film can with Vaseline-saturated cotton balls, and weatherproofs his matches by dipping the tips in molten wax or hand sanitizer gel. ■ First-aid kit

These aren’t the only things you should pack. “Also bring a basic survival kit — even if it’s just a first-aid kit, matches, water and flashlight,” says Brett Mason of Routt County’s Longshot Ranch. A survival kit should also include emergency poncho and blanket, whistle, extra knife, fire-starter and signal mirror. Staying hydrated is also paramount. Mason brings up to four water bottles per hunt. “You can go a night or two without food,” he says. “But not without water.” Then comes the weather. While a cold snap can bring animals down from the high country, it can also wreak havoc on your hunt. Scott Brennise of Craig’s Superior Guide Service recommends bringing layers of dry clothing. “The weather can go from 60 to zero quickly,” he says. “I tell people to bring Gore-Tex tops and bottoms, a good jacket and two sets of boots.” ■ Extra clothing, including gloves, hat, jacket and raingear.

■ Space blanket or heavy-duty trash bags. ■ Whistle. “On some rescues the missing person said he could hear us yelling,” Levingston says, advising a pea-less whistle that won’t freeze up. “A whistle can alert rescuers.” ■ Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb). Hint: flip over a battery to avoid draining it by accident. ■ Extra food and water ■ Pocketknife ■Sunglasses

And be ready for anything, added Levingston. “You need to have clothing and equipment for all four seasons, regardless of what the day might look like,” he says. This holds especially true in late fall. Kevin Rider, owner of Rifle’s Timberline Sporting Goods, advises bringing rain gear in the earlier hunting months, and winter layers in the later seasons. Also alert others of your whereabouts, telling someone where you’re going and when you plan to return. “Western Colorado is a big place to look for someone,” Levingston says. “Communicating your whereabouts can cut down search time.” Adds Mason: “We’ve had people get lost on a halfday hunt. You never know when you might get hurt or get lost. Play it safe and always bring the basic essentials.”

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Steamboat Springs physician Dr. Dan Smilkstein offers the following advice for flatlanders heading to the high country: ■ Be aware of your elevation. Some people develop altitude sickness as low 4,000 feet, while 8,000 feet affects most others. ■ Watch for disrupted and irregular sleep; loss of appetite; mild nausea; low energy; drowsiness; and mild headaches. If you experience any of these, don’t go any higher; within 24 to 48 hours your body should adjust. If the symptoms get worse, descend. ■ Drink plenty of fluids and eat a carbohydrate-rich diet. Avoid alcohol. Keep a steady flow of calories and energy. ■ Don’t sleep 1,000 feet higher than you did the night before. Spend two to three days in the valley before heading up to high camp. ■ Don’t push yourself the first 24 hours. A high level of exertion while acclimating can aggravate health problems. ■ Tylenol and Ibuprofen (and hydration) are fine to treat headaches. Be careful with sleep medications (Smilkstein recommends Diamox for sleep quality and ventilation). Before heading to altitude, speak with your doctor about potential medications and any underlying pulmonary and cardiac conditions. 2013 | colorado Hunter

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■ Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. ■ Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times. ■ Be sure of your target — what is in front of it and what is beyond it. ■ If you’re in doubt about the target, don’t shoot. ■ Keep the safety on and your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. ■ Never place your hand over the muzzle of a gun. ■ Load and unload your gun at least 100 yards from your vehicle. ■ Don’t hurry while loading or unloading. ■ Talk about safety issues with youngsters and less inexperienced hunters. ■ Stop to rest when you are out of breath. ■ Wear daylight fluorescent clothing when and where required.


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hile the hunting in Western Colorado is world class, so are the taxidermists preserving its trophy game. Craig’s Bullseye Taxidermy owner Mark Zimmerman has won Best in Category awards in New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado, with more mule deer wins than anyone else. Leland Reinier and Steve Rolan, of Big Cat Taxidermy, have won Best in Category or Best in Show in Utah, Colorado, Virginia and Florida since 2010. Moun-

tain Man Taxidermy owner Scott Moore had a first-place and multiple seconds in the professional division at the Colorado competition in 2012. These awards come with prestige. “When you win a Best of Category, it really says you’ve done something,” Zimmerman says. The success is proving the region to be a taxidermy hotspot. “There are probably more winning taxidermists in this immediate area than anywhere else in the state,” says Rolan, attributing his success to having local

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competition. “We push each other, and bounce ideas off each other all the time.” Dean Malizia, owner of Gunsmoke Taxidermy, churns out a couple hundred mounts per year and also teaches taxidermy courses. He, too, sings praise for local animal stuffers. “Good hunting brings out good taxidermists,” he says. “I don’t know of any other place in the United States that offers taxidermy at this level.” One reason is that local taxidermists exchange tips on the craft. “We pick each other’s brains,” Rolan says. “It’s an open door.” Entering competitions is important, says Moore, because it lets you learn from other taxidermists across the country. “The information judges can give you is invaluable,” he says. “The smallest tips can make a big difference.” That holds true even when they come from locals. “There are a lot of good taxidermists around here, and the competition is stiff,” Zimmerman says. “It makes all of us step up our work.” And that leads to better mounts for everyone. “There’s no place as dense with talent as we are,” Reineir says.

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Want your animal stuffed? Western Colorado has a wealth of passionate and skilled taxidermists to preserve your trophy for years to come. Ryan Huitt started Wildlife Expressions in Rangely after studying the profession. “We didn’t have a fulltime taxidermist, so I figured, ‘What is there to lose?’” he says. Business has taken off, which he attributes to finishing well in competitions (he took third place in the large mammal and fish categories at 2011’s World Championships in Missouri). “You try to learn from the best in the business,” says Huitt, who grew up hunting and has worked on animals from across the globe ‚ including stingrays and elephants. “Bears, cats and game-heads are your bread and butter, but fish are also fun to work on.” In business since 1976, Bill Wille, of Meeker’s Antler Taxidermy, feels the same. “I consider myself blessed,” says Wille, who guides hunts in Africa every year. “I’ve mounted some of the rarest animals in the world. I like ■ Bullseye Taxidermy, Craig, 970-826-2997, ■ Gunsmoke Taxidermy, Craig, 970-826-4293, ■ Mountain Man, Craig, 970-824-4910, ■ Wildlife Expression, Rangely, 970-629-3128 ■ Antler Taxidermy, Meeker, 970-878-3365, ■ Brumfield Taxidermy, Grand Junction, 970-434-9229 ■ All Seasons Taxidermy, Steamboat Springs, 970-870-8520 ■ B&L Quality Taxidermy, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-1316 ■ American West Taxidermy, Kremmling, 970-724-9321

“My shop looks like Noah’s Ark right now.” — Bill Wille, Antler Taxidermy, Meeker break up my work with elk with an African antelope or something. My shop looks like Noah’s Ark right now.” Wille says there are a lot of dedicated, talented taxidermists in the area, and believes it’s a passion for the craft that sets great taxidermists apart. “I love wildlife, and that’s why we’ve been doing it here for 37 years,” he says. Huitt also loves his job and couldn’t imagine doing it anyplace else. “Most people around here dream of that week or month when they get to go hunting,” he says. “As a taxidermist, we get to live and breathe hunting 12 months a year.” — Nate Waggenspack 2013 | colorado Hunter

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onny Vanattta, 56, grew up hunting the mountains of Routt County, but even as friends began trying to tap into his local hunting knowledge, he was hesitant to become a full-time guide, afraid the hobbies he’d grown to love, hunting and fishing with his father, would become work. Luckily, it didn’t turn out that way. “I still pretty much do all the hunting for my clients,” says Vanatta, whose Vanatta Outfitters, founded in 1986, has become one of Routt County’s top hunting operations. “I just don’t get to pull the trigger or pull back the drawstring.” Growing up hunting with his father in Routt County, Vanatta shot his first elk at age 14. Even as skiing competed for his time — he was an accomplished Alpine racer on the U.S. Ski Team and later the U.S. Pro tour — hunting has always been his true passion. He’s taken more than 100 animals with a bow, including 17 that have qualified for Pope & Young record books. In 1989 he took a world record Stone Sheep. This spring he traveled to Baja, Mexico, and sunk an arrow into a desert bighorn sheep, his fourth ram, making him the 53rd person to complete a "grand slam" (taking a Dall and stone bighorn sheep in Canada, Rocky Mountain bighorn in Colorado, and the desert bighorn in Mexico.)

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“I’m passionate about hunting,” says Vanatta, who was named the best hunting guide in Steamboat in a recent survey. “No one gets into the outfitting business for the money. You do it for the lifestyle and love of the

job. I really enjoy what I do.” This passion is shared by his fleet of top-notch guides, including his brother, Dirk; stepfather Larry Brown; Meeker local Rod Owens; former gold course

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engineer Don Bristol; Steamboat local Brad Cusenbary; former world champion steer wrestler Chad Bedell and Texas deer expert Andrew Jacobi. The crew guides clients on Wolf Mountain Ranch, a 25,000-acre working ranch north of Hayden offering some of northwest Colorado’s most pristine hunting acreage.  In 2009, the ranch teamed up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to join the Ranching for Wildlife program, with Vanatta Outfitters implementing the program. Of the ranch’s acreage, 16,000 acres is available for hunting. The program allows the land owners and outfitters to receive a guaranteed number of tags based upon the quantities of game on the ranch. With these tags comes a 90-day hunting season window. Vanatta, whose operation guides 60 hunters a year, most of them repeats, is busiest in the fall when guiding, but spends the rest of the year working full time as well, booking hunts, preparing camp, maintaining equipment and, hopefully, hunting a bit himself. He recently built new bunk houses and a bath house to go with a common cabin hosting the kitchen, dining and lounging area. But even with all this work, he still gets to do what he loves most: prowling the countryside, tracking elk. “It’s a great ranch and we have super good guides who come back year after year,” he says. “I get to see a lot of animals taken by others, and there’s a lot of satisfaction in that. It’s great to get up early, watch the sun come up, and see the wildlife. It’s a pretty special job.”

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a lot of different game, but I think lions are one of the most unique and outstanding trophies we have,” he says. “It’s kind of specialized hunt, which makes each lion a trophy. When it’s over you’re already looking forward to the next hunt.” But Jurney is more than just a hunting guide. He’s a wildlife manager at his core, an ideal that aligns itself perfectly with the COA. “The outfitting industry, as far as COA is concerned, has pioneered a different level of participation across all wildlife interests, including legislative and lobbying efforts, to ensure we still have places to go and have abundant wildlife populations,” Jurney says. “The bottom line is it’s always about the wildlife and making sure as managers we have high success rates and enough wildlife to do that.” Photo by Chris Jurney

ome say it takes a lifetime to perfect a craft. And although Chris Jurney, owner of Craig’s Chris Jurney Outfitting, has no intention of slowing down, the Colorado Outfitters Association cited a lifetime of achievements when the organization recently named Jurney its 2012 Outfitter of the Year. The annual award is bestowed upon a COA member who demonstrates a commitment to the outfitting industry, wildlife and wildlife management, and the ideals of the organization. “He’s instrumental in bringing a lot of our programs before Colorado Parks and Wildlife,” says COA president Tom Mikesell. “He’s very involved in wildlife and habitat issues, and goes out of his way for the association and outfitters.”

Jurney, 48, credits his father and grandfather for instilling a love for the outdoors and for wildlife at an early age from his childhood home in Golden. At age 11 Jurney’s family moved to Craig. He attended Moffat County High School, and first jumped into the wildlife and wildlife management business as a trapper after graduation before embarking on a 25-year career as a hunting guide. Twelve years ago, Jurney went into business for himself and currently offers elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and a variety varmint hunts in some of Moffat County’s most sought after game management units. Although Moffat County is famous for its monster bull elk and mule deer, Jurney says few things excite him more than participating in or guiding a successful mountain lion hunt. “We’re fortunate to be able to hunt

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This is a one-of-a-kind, private, hunting and fishing retreat with abundant deer and elk opportunities. Numerous trophy animals have been harvested from the property for years, with resident herds existing. Further, enjoy one mile of secluded Yampa River frontage, 113 deeded acres with cottonwood forest, and approximately 40 acres of hay or wheat meadow. Property offers hunting access to thousands of acres of surrounding public lands. This special property is located just thirty miles West of Steamboat Springs, twenty miles East of Craig and very near the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. MLS #136092 $1,130,000

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drew unit S12 back in April and the obsession began. Already knowing it’s a decent unit with two groups of sheep, I did some more research and it confirmed it — there’s a high country group, all above 12,500 feet, and another river group in the lower elevations by the Arkansas just north of Buena Vista.  I made five weekend trips to scout covering a bunch of country. I saw sheep on some trips and on others I didn’t. The Friday before the season started I went down with a plan to hunt the south end of the unit in the high country to glass. I found what looked like four rams on the south face of Buffalo Peak at about 5:30 that night, then backpacked into a saddle just west.  I hunted all the next day and couldn’t find them. So I packed up, hiked the three miles out to the truck, drove to Weston Pass, parked at treeline, made dinner and slept in my truck. I got up early and drove to the top of the pass, then hiked 2,000 vertical up to the top of

Weston Peak. Hunting north for about two miles, I had just decided to turn around and re-glass the four giant bowls I just hunted. As I got back to the first one I could see six rams bedded in the bottom. Game on!  I made a quick plan to scamper down below them and stalk.  Halfway down the east face of Ptarmigan Peak I got to a point where I could see them again, but they were all on full alert as another bowhunter tried to move in on them. Assessment time. I ran back up to the top with hopes they'd run out the top of the canyon. Sure enough, I crawled to the rim and there they were, hightailing it right toward me. I backed up, nocked an arrow and tried to guess where they were going to crest. That’s when the sheep fever hit. Standing at the top of a steep couloir I could hear the rams coming up and kicking down rocks. But then I made the mistake of guessing they were close and easing over at full draw so I could try to pick a ram from the group.  They were at least 60 yards from the top, which was too far, and after about four seconds, they busted back

down out of sight. Bummed about blowing my chance I sat and glassed again. With storm clouds building I thought it would be best to get off the ridge so I headed to the low country to hunt river rams for the afternoon.  Dejected, I drove to the saddle above the pumphouse, parked and started walking down an old dirt road built to access water storage tanks. I knew the rams liked to cross this road and water at some springs and the river. A few hundred yards down I heard rocks rolling above me and there, coming off the hill, were eight more rams with a shooter in front.  Sneaking farther ahead to where they wanted to cross, I nocked an arrow, ranged some rocks and trees and waited. The lead ram popped out on a cliff 47 yards above me and saw me right away, so I slowly raised my bow, held for 25 and shot.  I hit him and then he took off parallel to the road still leading the other rams. I gave chase and launched another arrow when he stopped at about 90 yards. (Needless to say, I missed with that one).  He bolted again and after another 150 yards, he 2013 | colorado Hunter

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Moffat County High School student got a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity and made the most of it. Molly Nations, 17, drew a bull moose tag in just her fifth year putting in for the tag. The one-in-14,000 chance fell in her favor as she landed the most difficult tag to procure in Colorado. “For most people it takes about 20 to 25 years,” Nations says. “I got really lucky. Everyone I talked to said they’ve put in more years than I’ve been alive.” Her family members couldn’t believe the news when they found out. “I was amazed and excited for her,” says mother Debbie Nations. “I was wishing I had drawn one, too.” Nations went with her family and several friends to Grand Lake to scout out locations in GMU 18 the weekend before the rifle season began Oct. 1. The scouting didn’t yield many results, and when the season started, moose were even scarcer. This made Nations nervous as she was operating on a time crunch because of school. “It was the week of homecoming and I had to be back that Friday to race a boat I had built for a big grade,” she says. “I really wanted to shoot a moose, but I had to get back, too. But once we saw two moose on our second day it brought my hopes up a bit.” Despite rare moose sightings for four days, Molly and father, Brent, set out Wednesday morning and came across three bulls in a clearing. Putting four days of no success behind her, Nations took her shot. “We saw three bulls in a clearing and I shot the biggest one,” she says. “Within five minutes of seeing them, I had one.” Molly says she teared up when she knew she had one, the excitement beyond anything else she had experienced hunting. But there was still plenty of work to do. The Nations initially had set out with a group of seven or eight people, including family friends Bill Baker and Mark Doehling, who had been moose hunting the year before. But after Tuesday, the majority of the clan had left, leaving just Molly and Brent to deal with the kill. “The day they left is the day she got one,” Brent says. The result was a comical scene of dragging the half-ton moose up a hill behind a four-wheeler. The moose was so heavy, Molly says, that it tipped the four-wheeler backward while going up the hill, so its front had to be winched to a series of trees to stay on the ground. But she says every painstaking inch was worth it. “I got to go to Canada for a bear hunt and my moose hunt was 10 times better than that,” she says. “It was a lot more exciting. Having to wait and not seeing anything and be patient was well worth it.”

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GREEN RIVER GMU: 1, 2, 10, 201 CWD has been detected in GMU 10 Local Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife office Meeker 970-878-6090 Dinosaur National Monument is closed to all hunting In this area, 9,700-foot Diamond Mountain is the highest point, dropping to 5,100 feet in elevation at the White River. Sage and sage-grassland dominate, with the typical vegetation groups as the elevation increases. Weather is generally mild through the later seasons, though the higher elevations can have significant snow accumulation. Public land accounts for more than 85 percent of GMU 201. GMU 2 is a checkerboard of public and private land, and GMU 10 is mostly BLM land with a lot of scattered private land. Consult a map and be aware of where you are. GMU 1 has poor access into the rough, rocky terrain and into the wilderness area. You must draw a license to hunt the Green River units, and it takes


many years of preference points. Hence, the hunting pressure is light. An agreement with a private landowner and the State Land Board opens several thousand acres in GMU 201 for public hunting. DEER — Deer are scattered throughout GMUs 2, 10 and 201. If there is winter range migration, it is usually during third season. Deer in GMU 1 tend to stay at the south and north ends of Brown’s Park Refuge. The average good buck in GMUs 2 and 201 measures 24 inches to 26 inches. There are trophy bucks in GMU 10; however, they tend to have tall versus wide antlers. Hunt the bush-covered areas, high elevations early in the season, lower elevations later. ELK — 300+ size bulls are common. The elk tend to stay put over the seasons. Movement is weather dependent. Overall, elk are scattered in GMUs 2, 10, 201 and the northern portion of GMU 1. We recommend Blue Mountain and Moosehead Mountain in GMU 10, but be prepared for rough terrain. When hunting GMUs 2 or 201 — hold out for a good bull — the average size is around 305. In GMU 2, try the southwest corner. In GMU 1, try Hoy Draw and Chokecherry Draw.

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generally hold the most deer, especially during the regular rifle seasons. In GMUs 11 and 211, deer generally are found in the Danforth Hills during second rifle season, moving to lower elevations in Axial Basin (GMU 211), Bitterbrush SWA and adjacent BLM land (GMU 11), and Crooked Wash (GMU 11) by third and fourth rifle seasons. Several thousand acres are open for public hunting in Axial Basin through a coordinated resource management plan (call Meeker Division of Parks and Wildlife office for more information). ELK — The large elk herd occupies all available habitat. The later seasons are usually better, especially on public land, because of snow and hunting pressure pushing the elk out of the adjacent units. The success rate is very good on late cow elk hunts. Axial Basin CRM is a hot spot for hunting, but crowding is significant. The best bull hunting will be on private land. Youth hunting participation during the late seasons in these GMUs is now limited. See big game brochure for details.

UPPER YAMPA GMU: 4, 5, 13, 14, 15, 131, 214, 231, 441 CWD has been detected in these units Local Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife office Meeker (GMUs 4 and 5) 970-878-6090 Steamboat Springs (others) 970-870-2197 From a low of 6,300 feet, the elevation soars to 12,000 feet along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with conifer-

ous forests and aspen. Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country. Expect light to moderate snow in the first season, gradually increasing through the fourth season. 4WD is usually necessary on the secondary roads. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Hunting pressure may create refuge situations on the private lands in GMUs 13, 131, 214 and 441. Mount Zirkel (GMU 14) and Sarvis Creek (GMU 15) wilderness areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods. Public hunting in GMUs 13 and 131 is limited to a few small parcels of BLM land and some State Trust Land parcels. DEER — The deer herd has declined in the Upper Yampa units over the past four years due to severe winters. Most of the deer will be found in the western section of these units. Movement also is to the west. Hot spots are located north of Hayden. Some good trophy bucks are seen in the southern portion. In GMUs 4 and 5, the buck hunting has shown steady improvement. This area is not managed for trophy bucks, but it does have a good number of adult males in the population. Hunt the aspen and brush areas. Doe licenses in these units are no longer “list B” licenses except for GMU 15. ELK — Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective. The DOW has been working to minimize crop damage and significantly reduce the number of elk in these units. There are good numbers of bull elk; however, do not expect to see many large adult males. Large elk numbers occur in the Routt National Forest. The basic movement is from the higher to lower elevation in response


to hunting pressure and weather. Hunt the timber and hunt the Routt National Forest early. In GMUs 4 and 5, private land access is only available on a fee hunting basis.

NORTH PARK GMU: 6, 16, 17, 161, 171 CWD has been detected in these units Moose in area, so be sure of your target Local Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife office Steamboat Springs 970-870-2197 North Park borders Wyoming and lies between the Continental Divide and the Medicine Bow Mountains. The valley floor at 7,880 feet supports agricultural lands and sagebrush. Extensive willow stands line the streams — a favorite moose habitat, so be sure of your target. The forest surrounding the basin varies from aspen/lodgepole to spruce/fir. The area is generally windy and colder than many places in western Colorado. Prepare for snow during your hunt. 4WD is helpful, as are chains. More than 2/3 of North Park is public land. Mount Zirkel (west) and Never Summer (southeast) are the wilderness areas. Access to all State Trust Lands and the wilderness areas is nonmotorized. Big game can move onto private lands with no public access. DEER — If you are a patient hunter, you could have success hunting trophy bucks. North Park has an early 9-day, deer-only season that begins the last week of September. This season provides additional hunter opportunities as many of the deer in North Park migrate early. Few deer are found in

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BOOKCLIFFS/PICEANCE GMU: 21, 22, 30, 31, 32 CWD has been detected in these areas Local Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife office Meeker (GMU 21, 22) 970-878-6090 Grand Junction (GMU 30, 31, 32) 970-255-6100 Intense energy development is occurring in these units. Pinyon-juniper woodlands with pockets of sagebrush cover most of this area. The terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyon country. Seventy-five percent of this area is BLM land. There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV. Get maps and study BLM access points. Some areas are steep and rugged, especially in the southern portion. Weather is generally mild. Rains bring

muddy roads. At high elevations, snow makes roads impassible without chains. Note: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reached a 10-year $1/year hunting access agreement with Shell to keep 19,000 private acres of land in the Piceance/Roan area (GMUs 22 and 32) open. EnCana has agreed to keep 17,000 acres the company owns open for the 2012 hunting seasons. CPW appreciates these companies’ willingness to support the heritage of hunting in western Colorado. Negotiations with other companies for other “Girls Claims” properties have been unsuccessful. It’s important to note that these access agreements are NOT new lands. They are heavily hunted former public lands where generations of hunters will be displaced as these lands are closed to hunting. If new hunters begin using the lands where access agreements are in place, there is the potential for overcrowding, which may make future agreements more difficult. Please respect Shell and EnCana land so that it will be available in the future. DEER — The hunting ranges from fair to good in the Bookcliffs and Piceance units. Deer are well-distributed in the northern portion from mid-October. Concentrate on higher elevations in early seasons. If the weather is dry, you’ll need to do a lot of walking and looking. Good snows will move the herds to the south. Hunt high early, low later. Cathedral Rim has some big bucks, but tough terrain. Little Hills and Dry Fork of Piceance is better late. GMUs 21 and 30 are managed as quality deer units, and licenses are separate from licenses that are valid in GMUs 22, 31 and 32. ELK — Good cow hunting opportunities. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen.

Check out the Texas Mountain area and Ratt Hole Ridge. Hunting pressure will push some bulls into the large expanses of pinyon-juniper. If snow and hunting pressure are sufficient, some elk will move into the Little Hills and Dry Fork area of Piceance later in the seasons. Most of the GMU 32 elk move into GMU 22 to winter. Elk normally concentrate on the north side of Douglas Pass during the archery, muzzleloader, and early rifle seasons. Movement of large numbers of elk into GMU-030 generally does not occur until early November.

WHITE RIVER GMU: 12, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34 CWD has been detected in these units Local Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife office Glenwood Springs (GMU 25, 26, 34) 970-947-2920 Meeker (GMU 12, 23, 24) 970-878-6090 Steamboat Springs (GMU 26) 970-870-2197 Grand Junction (GMU 33) 970-255-6100 White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flat Top Wilderness Area 12,200 feet in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300 feet near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mountain brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra. Expect mild weather with light snow in the first season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the third season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after first season. While there is a great deal of

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public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24. 4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless — which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Road) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Road). DEER — The deer are scattered and will move in response to hunting pressure and weather. On National Forest lands in GMUs 12, 23 and 24, deer hunting is generally better in early seasons. Good public land deer hunting typically can be found in GMU 12 on the Jensen and Indian Run State Wildlife Areas. Jensen SWA is north of Meeker, and Indian Run SWA is east of Hamilton. GMU 23 deer hunters can try Hay Flats and Miller Creek southwest of Meeker and the Jensen and Oak Creek State Wildlife Areas north and east of Meeker. Deer densities are lower across GMU 24, but hunters can find deer on the south-facing slopes above the White River. UNIT 33 ARCHERY & MUZZLELOADER LICENSES NO LONGER VALID IN 23 & 24— If you purchase an archery or muzzleloader license for unit 33, you can no longer also hunt in unit 23 and 24, and vice versa. There are now separate tags for these units. ELK — Moose have been introduced to this area. Elk hunters should be sure of their target to avoid accidental kill of moose. Generally all of GMUs 12, 23 and 24 are considered very good elk hunting. The elk are generally up at higher elevations in the eastern portions of GMUs 12 and 24 during the early seasons, and then move west to lower elevations (and private lands) as hunting pressure and snow depth increase. Try the abundant public lands in eastern GMU 12 and 24 early on. The chance for a trophy bull is low because of unlimited bull elk licenses. Because of access roads, hunting pressure is high on Sleepy Cat, Lost Park and Sand Peak. The Flat Tops Wilderness Area offers good hunting, but travel is limited to walking or horseback, and the potential for heavy snowfall means hunters must be prepared. Successful hunters avoid the main roads and hunt the dark timber and deeper canyons. Jensen State Wildlife Area is good during most seasons. Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area is good during third and fourth rifle seasons. Both properties are limited to foot or horseback travel.

EAGLE RIVER VALLEY GMU: 35, 36, 44, 45, 361 CWD has been detected in GMU 36 Local Division of Parks and Wildlife office Glenwood Springs 970-947-2920 The Eagle River Valley units are bordered by the Colorado River, the Gore Range, the Red Table Mountains and the Continental Divide. Elevation climbs from 6,000 feet with sagebrush and pinyon to more than 14,000 feet with alpine vegetation starting at 10,500 feet. Weather can vary tremendously with high-country snow exceeding several feet. Motorized travel restricted to designated routes. GMUs 35 and 44 have the most public access, however, the northern portion of GMU 44 between Edwards and Eagle is primarily private property with no hunting allowed. Check your map and contact the BLM/USFS office regarding off-road travel. DEER — Deer hunting in these units continues to improve. The herd will be scattered from 6,500 feet to timberline and will move down to the lower elevation pinyonjuniper areas as heavy snow arrives. More than 18 inches of 102 |

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snow will move the deer. Try hunting the aspen, open parks and shrublands. GMUs 35 and 36 have the most deer. After the first heavy snow, most GMU 45 deer will move into GMU 36. GMU 44 is managed for trophy deer with limited number of licenses, but it is a good place to take a big buck. ELK — Elk are scattered from about 7,000 feet to above timberline. As hunting pressure increases, they seek the deeper canyons and dark timber areas away from roads. Concentrating on the large stands of dark timber and the larger wilderness areas will increase your chance of finding a big bull on public lands. Large blocks of private land in GMUs 35 and 36 provide refuge areas and can make hunting difficult.

MIDDLE PARK GMU: 18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 371 CWD has been detected in these units Local Division of Parks and Wildlife office Hot Sulphur Springs 970-725-6200 The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. The weather can change rapidly with higher elevations receiving more precipitation. Areas can become snowbound. 4WD is recommended, along with chains. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The valley bottoms are mostly private lands. The remaining 2/3 of this area is public land. GMU 27 has less public land than the other GMUs. Check USFS maps for ATV closures/restrictions. Hunters around Wolford Mountain (GMU 181 and 27) should be aware that a travel management plan is in place — check with the BLM Kremmling office for information. Horses/pack animals are recommended for remote tracts and for wilderness areas. The better hunting will be at least 1/2 mile away from roads. There are pockets where hunters overconcentrate. Due to the proximity to Denver, there are many weekend hunters and recreationalists (bikers, hikers, ATVers). Pine beetles have affected more than 90 percent of the lodgepole pine stands in Grand and Summit counties. As a result, fire danger is increased, big game distribution is changing in some areas and logging operations are likely in some spots. Hunters might focus on some of the dead lodgepole areas as increased sunlight to the forest floor creates more forage, and these areas tend to hold deer and elk for longer periods of time. Be aware of possible falling trees when hiking, or setting up camp in pine beetle kill sections! Set up camps etc, in cleared areas away from dead trees. These dead trees can fall on their own without wind, or warning! The past decade’s mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall. Road closures for tree removal will likely occur this season and next in this area. To avoid disappointment, call the Sulphur Ranger District’s Visitor’s Information Hotline at 970-887-4100 BEFORE planning your hunting trip. DEER — All GMUs have good numbers of deer. The buckto-doe ratios continue to increase as a result of limited buck hunting and mild winters. All units are managed for quality bucks. There are good numbers of mature bucks, but they rarely reach trophy status found in lower elevation mountain shrub and mild winter areas. Concentrate on transition zones that have aspen, shrub and coniferous cover in close proximity. Deer tend to move west and down in elevation over the seasons; snow will move them faster and farther. They typi-

cally migrate out of GMU 371 with average snowfall. A limited number of fourth season deer licenses are available. ELK — Elk are well distributed in all units. Bull-to-cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity. With hunting pressure and snow, elk head for the inaccessible timber and private property. GMU 27 has a lot of private land. Hunt the rough terrain and heavy cover away from roads and trails to increase your success.

GLADE PARK GMU: 40 No hunting allowed in Colorado National Monument Local Division of Parks and Wildlife office Grand Junction 970-255-6100 This 750-square-mile unit consists of a relatively flat summit leading to sloping mesas bisected by deep, rugged canyons. The highest elevation range is about 9,800 feet. Roads provide access to the mesas, but many of the canyons are remote and accessible only by foot or horseback. Weather starts out mild but mud/snow accumulation is likely in later seasons. Early season hunters should favor higher elevations of the USFS land, while later season hunters will do better on the lower BLM lands. Hunters can find many water holes within the dark timber stands on north-facing slopes. Elk and deer frequent these areas during warm temperatures and heavy hunting pressure. GMU 40 has a lot of private land, and public access to BLM is often difficult to reach by vehicle. DEER — There are some good bucks in GMU 40, but they are difficult to locate. The upper end of the Little Dolores drainage is a great place to find quality mule deer bucks; however, there is considerable private land. Late-season hunters may have success north of Seiber Canyon to the Colorado River, but it is foot or horseback only in that area. Areas along the Utah border and north of Gateway can be good during the rifle seasons; however, hunters need to be aware of public land boundaries and the state line. ELK — Bulls will be bugling from mid-September through first rifle opening weekend. Elk are widely distributed. Most stay high until hunting pressure pushes them to lower elevations and less accessible drainages. Do not hunt areas that have previously received heavy hunting pressure — the elk will not be there. Successful hunters do a lot of walking and looking. You cannot hunt elk in GMU 40 with an unlimited bull elk license. GMU 40 is a limited unit. You must apply in the draw.

GRAND MESA GMU: 41, 42, 421 CWD has been detected in GMUs 42 and 421 Local Division of Parks and Wildlife office Grand Junction 970-255-6100 Grand Mesa terrain ranges from high elevation (11,000 feet) spruce/fir forests to low elevation (4,800 feet) pinyonjuniper woodlands. Weather can be rainy or snowy, then warm up and dry out the following day. Roads can become very muddy and 4WD is recommended. There is not a lot of road access in GMU 42. Hunters should be prepared to spend

time on foot or horseback. Much of the area is public land. Overall, the hunting pressure is heavy. Intensive natural gas development activity is occurring in GMUs 42 and 421. This work includes a major drilling project and a pipeline project. Contact the USFS Grand Valley Ranger District, 970-242-8211, for more details on energy development in this area. DEER — The deer population has declined in recent years, and buck: doe ratios are below the objective range. For these reasons, buck and does licenses have been reduced in all seasons. In addition, the fourth, buck-only season has been eliminated in 2012. However deer are still abundant and at the lower end of the population objective range. Deer are found on forest lands and higher elevation private lands during Oct. The resident deer stay in lower agricultural areas year round. The migrating deer herd begins to move off the forest in mid-Nov to lower elevations, often to BLM lands. The best deer hunting is at mid elevations (8,500-9,500’), with more buck opportunities in the later seasons. The Battlements can be good in late seasons, but the terrain is rugged. The open country offers good opportunities for those who get out on foot or horseback. ELK — The elk herd is well distributed with good hunting success expected. Elk are scattered throughout the forest and on private lands. Most elk stay at higher elevations (8,500 feet to 10,000 feet) in thick timber and oakbrush. There is no migration during the season, movement to the more remote areas is in response to hunting pressure. They will seek classic cover — the heavily wooded, north-facing slopes near water. You will need to get away from the roads. There are

lots of legal bulls as the area is managed for quantity of bulls rather than trophy status. Hence, trophy bulls are present but relatively rare.

ROARING FORK GMU: 43, 47, 444, 471 Local Division of Parks and Wildlife office Glenwood Springs 970-947-2920 This area encompasses the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Crystal River drainages. The lower elevations (6,500 feet) are primarily developed or agricultural. Timberline is around 11,500 feet, and there are 14,000-foot peaks in the wilderness areas. Be prepared for daytime highs of 75 degrees dropping to 20 degrees at night. Snow can exceed several feet in the higher elevations, and moisture can make roads dangerous or impassible. 4WD is a necessity. About 40 percent of the area is wilderness (Hunter-Fryingpan, Maroon Bells, Raggeds, Collegiate Peaks), and vehicles are not allowed. These rugged areas offer increased hunting success, but require horseback/pack-in camps. Hunting pressure is moderate. There are large blocks of private lands in GMU 43 east of Colorado Highway 133 and in the western portion of GMU 444. DEER — Deer populations were on the upswing for several years but did decline during the winter of 2007-08. Fawn-to-doe ratios are low while buck-to-doe ratios are decent. This herd is concentrated in aspen and oakbrush

habitats before the snow flies. Hunting pressure does not generally cause herd movement, but deer will move to lower elevation woodlands as snow accumulates. Archery and muzzleloader hunters should head to timberline — Capitol Creek, Haystack Mountain, East Snowmass Creek and Thompson Creek. Later-season hunters could try “The Crown,” Holgate Mesa, Williams Hill and Light Hill, but expect to see other hunters in these areas. Some good bucks can be found if hunters focus in areas away from roads. ELK — Early seasons find elk anywhere from 7,500 feet to above timberline. With increased hunting pressure and snow, herds tend to move to remote areas or private land — away from roads and hunters. The wilderness areas are a good bet for success, but hunters must hike or horseback in as motorized travel is prohibited. Try Snowmass Creek, Conundrum Creek, Capitol Creek, Avalanche Creek, Difficult Creek, McFarland Creek, Maroon Creek, Thompson Creek, Basalt Mountain, Four-mile, the Marble area and the upper Frying Pan drainages. Kobey Park and Sloans Peak are good, but deep snow and bad roads should be expected, especially later in the seasons. Some great opportunities for private land cow hunting exist in GMU 43, if you can get permission.





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Hunting Business Directory GUIDES & OUTFITTERS Adams Lodge Outfitters Primarily elk and deer (archery, muzzleloader and rifle) guided, lodge-based and unguided drop-camp hunts in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, wilderness camp at Marvine Lakes available (GMU 24). 200 Rio Blanco Road 43, Meeker, 970-8784312,

guided elk and deer hunts (archery, muzzle-loader and rifle) and drop camps into the Flat Tops Wilderness Area (GMU 12) and other public private lands (GMUs 4, 441 and 214). Also offers wilderness pack trips. 19262 Glacier Road, Clearbrook, Minn. 218-368-3679,

Beaver Springs Self-guided, trespass-fee deer and elk Bearcat Outfitters Fully guided or drop camp elk rifle and archery hunts 20 miles south of Craig on 80 acres of private land bordering the White River hunts on public and private lands (GMU 12). P.O. Box 110, Craig (28 miles south of Craig), National Forest (GMU 12) with private campground and fishing lake. 970-824-7958, 7542 S. Carr Ct., Littleton, 303-973-8900,, beaversprings. Beaver Creek Outfitters Craig-based outfitter with full-service

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Craig Region Chris Jurney Outfitting Trespass-fee, semi-guided and fully guided elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and prairie dog hunts on private ranches around Craig. 574 Legion St., Craig, 970-824-5505, Code of the West Outfitters High country fishing and big game hunting trips as well as summer pack trips and cabin stays. 2655 County Road 12, Meeker, 970-878-0233 or 970-688-0249, Colorado Hunter Services Trespass-fee elk, deer and antelope hunts (archery, muzzle-loader and rifle) and cabin rental on private land at lower elevation or public land minutes from cabin accommodations (GMUs 4, 12 and 301). 25 Canvasback Rd., Gilbert, S.C., 866-210-2445, Colorado’s Mountain West Outfitting Co. Trespass-fee elk and deer hunts on 8,000 acres of private lands.

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Colorado Outfitters Services Trespass-fee and semi-guided hunts for elk, deer and antelope (archery, muzzleloading and rifle) on private lands near Cedar Mountain and around Craig (GMUs 3 and 301) with some lodging. David R. Seely Outfitting 501 Cedar Mountain Ave., Craig, 303-726-5975 Fully guided five-day rifle hunts for elk on private property bordering national forest Colorado Private Ranches lands (GMUs 12 and 13). Elk and deer non-guided hunts on 15 1826 Colo. Hwy 394, Craig, 970-824-4288 private ranches, archery through rifle seasons (GMUs 15, 42, 52, 53, 65 and 741). Dunckley Peak Outfitters and Pack P.O. Box 1244, Winnsboro, La., 71295, Service 318-435-5029 or 318-435-5592, Full-service archery, muzzle-loader and rifle bull elk hunts, including drop camps in the Flat Tops (GMU 231). Horseback riding Coulter Lake Guest Ranch and fishing trips also available. 80 County Road 273, Rifle, 970-625-1473, P.O. Box 935, Craig (30 miles south of Hayden), 970-824-8257,

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Lost Solar Outfitters Drop camps and full-service guided hunts, archery through big game rifle seasons (GMU 24) into the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. 25 Valley View Drive, Craig, 970-824-3657 or 970-620-1511, High Country Cabin Bed and Breakfast 15805 County Road 245, New Castle, Louisiana Purchase Ranch Outfitters 970-625-3663, Elk, mule deer and bear fully and guided hunts on over 20,000 acres of public and private lands 43 miles southwest of Homestead Hunts Craig (GMUs 11, 211). Offers semi-guided and trespass-fee P.O. Box 206, Meeker, 970-272-3006, elk, deer and antelope hunts on private property (GMU 301). 2050 Chapman Lane, Craig, 970-824-8549, Luark Ranch & Outfitters Rents cabins and horses, drop-camps and packing services to 2,400 acres of private J.C. Trujillo Guide & Outfitter and adjacent, non-motorized public BLM Fully guided horseback elk and some deer hunts on public land in Bunker Basin (GMU 12). land (GMU 26) during archery, muzzleloading and rifle big-game seasons. Also 54768 Rio Blanco County Road 8 (28 miles offers trail rides and wild game meat south of Hayden), 970-276-3300 or 928processing. 533-6624 2834 Luark Road, Burns, 970-653-4324, JML Outfitters Year-round outfitting business offers elk, M&M Outfitters deer, bear pack-in, drop camp hunts on Fully guided, lodge-based elk and deer public forest service lands camps during hunts on private lands near Hamilton on archery, muzzle-loading and rifle seasons (GMU 24). Pack trips, fishing and trail rides public and private lands (GMUs 12 and 13). P.O. Box 1020, Craig, 970-824-5812, also available. 300 Rio Blanco County Road 75, Meeker (30 miles east of Meeker), 970-878-4749, Majestic Trophy Outfitters Fully guided and semi-guided archery, muzzle-loading and rifle hunts for deer, elk, James Creek Outfitters antelope and predators on 2,500 private Elk and deer fully guided hunts (archery, acres of scrub oak and mixed terrain 20 muzzle-loading and rifle seasons) on public BLM and private land at the historic miles south of Craig (GMU 12, antelope in 3 and 301). Also offers interpretive ATV tours Durham Ranch (GMUs 12 and 211). and survival classes for all ages. 396 Colo. Hwy 13, Meeker, 970-824-6939, 3815 Exmoor Road., Craig 970-620-0098, Jeffcoat Ranch & Outfitters Trespass-fee elk and deer hunts on private Nine Mile Guest Ranch Bull and cow elk, mule deer and lands. combination hunts, archery, muzzle-loader P.O. Box 97, Hamilton, 970-824-3757 or or rifle available on private lands. 50735 Colo. Hwy 13, Meeker, 970-878-4656, Kawcak Farms Elk, deer and antelope trespass-fee hunts Oak Ridge Outfitters in GMU 4. Guided and non-guided elk and deer 3699 Moffat County Road 13, Craig, hunting (archery, muzzle-loading and rifle) 970-824-7161 on private lands (GMU 23). P.O. Box 631, Meeker, 970-878-5822, Lone Tom Outfitting Elk, deer, mountain lion and antelope lodge-based hunts (archery, muzzle-loader Pinnacle Peak Adventures and rifle) and drop camps on public and Offers guided elk, deer and antelope hunts private lands. Also offers fishing and pack on 6,000 acres of private lands (GMU 4). trips and horse rentals. 2951 Moffat County Road 18N, Craig, 12888 Rio Blanco County Road 8, Meeker, 970-824-9269, 970-878-5122, muzzle-loading and rifle) on private land in GMUs 22 and 23. 68656 Colo. Hwy 64, Meeker (7 miles west of Meeker), 970-878-5126 or 970-878-5151,

R&R Ranch of Colorado Maybell lodge-based elk, mule deer and antelope guided and semi-guided rifle hunts on private 27,000-acre ranch (GMUs 11 and 211). 10202 SW 138 St., Archer, Fla., 352-538-7094, Shelton Ranch Lodge-based, full service elk and deer Raftopoulos Ranches hunts (archery, muzzle-loading and rifle) Guided archery, muzzle-loading and rifle on 5,000 private acres (GMUs 11 and 211) hunts offered in the premier GMUs 2 and 15 miles south of Maybell with access to 201 for trophy bull elk, mule deer and public land. antelope based out of historic lodge at 10955 Moffat County Road 57, Meeker, base of Diamond Peak. 970-272-3553 or 970-620-3993, 2991 Pine Ridge Dr. Craig, 970-326-8620, Snowmass Creek Outfitters Guided horseback riding, hunting and Rifle Performance Motorsports fishing (GMU 43) near White River National 1014 Access Rd., Rifle, 970-625-2041, Forest and Maroon Bells. Mountain climbing and nature photo classes also available. 3610 Capitol Creek Rd., Snowmass, Rim Rock Outfitters 970-704-0707, Guided elk, deer, mountain lion, bobcat, antelope and prairie dog hunts and drop camps in GMUs 10, 11, 12, 21, 22 and 30. Skiles Guest & Hunting Ranch P.O. Box 223, Rangely, 970-675-2619, Elk and deer trespass-fee hunts offered on 800 private acres and adjacent public lands in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area from Rocky Mountain Ranches the base of Dome Peak. Horse rental and Specializing in trespass-fee, non-guided packing services available. big game hunts and drop camps for deer, P.O. Box 12, Burns, 970-653-4329 elk and antelope on private ranch lands. 6855 W. 33rd Ave., Wheat Ridge, 970-439-1894, Sombrero Ranches Rents horses for all seasons, including tack and delivery/pick-up within a Sable Mountain Outfitters 50-mile radius of one of the Sombero Elk, deer and bear hunts (wilderness drop camps. Guided deer and elk hunts from camps and guided) on public lands in the the Williams Fork Hunt Camp for archery Flat Tops Wilderness Area (GMUs 23, 24 through rifle seasons in addition to four and 33). Also offers horseback, pack and drop camps in the Routt National Forest fishing trips. (GMU 12). 5100 Rio Blanco County Road 4, Meeker, Craig Ranch — 781 Moffat County Road 15, 970-878-4765, Craig, 970-824-3468; Steamboat Stables — 835 Howelson Parkway, Steamboat (base of Seely Hunting Services Howelson Hill, behind the rodeo grounds), Fully guided elk and deer rifle hunts on 970-879-2306; Meeker White River Horse limited-access private property along the Camp — 12900 Rio Blanco County Road 8, South Fork of the Williams Fork River, in Meeker, 970-878-4382 or 303-442-0258, business since 1969 (GMU 12). P.O. Box 1040, Craig, 970-824-5539 or 970-824-9474,, Sunset Ranch http // Offers big game hunting trips and drop camps to the Swamp Park region, Mad Seven Lakes Lodge Creek Lakes and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Member of the Colorado Outfitters Assoc. Area in the Routt National Forest. Multi11808 Rio Blanco County Road 8, Meeker, day fishing and sightseeing wilderness 970-878-3249 pack trips also available. 29420 Elk Horn Lane (three miles north of Sheep Creek Ranch Outfitters Steamboat) 970-879-0954, Guided elk, deer and bear hunts (archery, muzzle-loading and rifle) on 11,000 acres Superior Guide Service of public and private lands in GMU 22. Offers elk and deer archery, muzzleP.O. Box 2463, Meeker, 970-878-4757,

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Craig Region loading and rifle hunts on over 13,000 acres of private ranch land (GMU 12 and 211) from two lodges as well as multi-day pack trips and horse rentals. 5801 Colo. Hwy 394, Craig, 970-824-4767, T&D Outfitters Fully guided deer and elk rifle hunts on over 1,650 private acres in the Isles Mountain area outside of Craig (GMU 211). P.O. Box 443, Pine, 303-618-2329 or 720-217-9500, The Tradesmen 128 E. Third St., Rifle, 970-625-GUNS, Three Forks Ranch All-inclusive deer, elk and antelope hunts on 50,000 private acres surrounded on three sides by national forest offered by Ranching for Wildlife program partner (GMU 5). P.O. Box 69, Savery, Wyo., 970-583-7396, Timberline Sporting Goods 124 W. Second St., Rifle, 970-625-HUNT, Topgun Outfitters Archery, muzzle-loading and rifle elk and bear hunts on private lands (GMU 211). 108 Reigel School Road, Rimesburg, Pa., 814-229-4514, topgunoutfitters@, Triple Track Hunting Elk, deer, antelope and predator hunts, private land trophy and management hunts, guided and unguided drop camp hunts as well as trespass-fee hunts on private lands. P.O. Box 91, Hamilton (20 miles north of Meeker), 970-756-5000, Triple-O Outfitters Archery, muzzle-loading and rifle hunts for elk, deer and antelope (guided in elevated stands or unguided) on private land (GMU 12). Also offers nature photography and cabin rentals. 448 Moffat County Road 41, Hamilton, 970-824-6758, Trophy Mountain Elk Ranch Private game hunting preserve with over 3,000 acres for guided trophy bull elk hunting. Bison, turkey and deer hunts also available. 4000 Jackson County Road 4, Cowdrey (22

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miles north of Walden), 723-4000, Vanatta Outfitters Ranching for Wildlife program partner features September through December hunt dates for elk and deer along with August through November hunt dates for antelope including 17,000 prime acres of public and private land at 4 Mile Ranch. P.O. Box 77170, Steamboat, 970-879-6164,

SHOOTING RANGES ■ Bears Ears Sportsman Club’s Cedar Mountain Range 300-yard outdoor rifle and 50-yard outdoor pistol range for members, but open to the public the first Sunday and Monday of each month. Also open during daylight hours, Thursday and Friday prior to each big game season for rifle sight-in. P.O. Box 622, Craig (4.5 miles northwest of Craig on Moffat County Road 7), 970-824-8376, ■ Meeker Sportman’s Club, Inc. Hunter sight-in Thursdays and Fridays

W3 Outfitters (dba: Chuck Davies Guide Service) 500 12 Mile Gulch Road, Elk Springs, 970-272-3002, Welder Outfitting Services Family-owned outfitter offering fullservice guided elk and deer hunts in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area as well as drop and setup camps. Pack and fishing trips also available. prior to each big game season (Tuesday for fourth rifle season). Sight-in is $5 per gun, or member shoot for $10. New memberships cost $20 per person and include full use of archery, trap, rifle and pistol ranges. P.O. Box 1325, Meeker (4.5 miles southwest of Meeker on Colo. Hwy 13), 970-878-4636, ■ White River Bowmen Bow-hunting club with indoor and outdoor targets and a clubhouse. Memberships cost $35 per year. 970-675-8559

Hampton Inn & Suites Craig Welcome Hunters! We Love Having You Here Full hot breakfast included with guest room from 5am-10am during hunting season. 377 Cedar Court 970-826-9900

P.O. Box 823, Meeker, 970-878-4559, Wilderness Tracks Fully guided hunts and drop camps for elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and small game on public and private lands in GMU 4. 1192 N. Johnson Road, Craig, 970-326-7575 Wild Skies Four Season Cabin Rentals Cabin accommodations for up to 32 hunters where the largest elk herd is located at 38,000+ elk, lots of mule deer and bear. Accommodations are a deluxe, secluded mountain cabin in GMU 12 (Flat Tops) surrounded on three sides by the Routt National Forest with 1/2 mile of river frontage; or in Craig with four individual cabins with kitchenettes and a 4800 SF duplex with full kitchen and washer/dryer. (GMUs 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 211, 231, 301). 970-926-0216,

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Williams Peak Ranch Guided deluxe lodge-based hunts (archery, muzzle-loading and rifle) for elk, deer and antelope on 7,500 acres of private land. 1330 Grand County Road 315, Parshall, 970-725-3282,

Yampa Valley Outfitters Fully guided elk, deer and antelope rifle hunts on 1,040 acres of private land and 3,000 permitted acres on public BLM land (GMU 3) with seven handicap-accessible two-storied shooting houses. P.O. Box 910, Craig (nine miles north of Maybell), 970-824-2102, 706-595-1044 or 706-990-9030

GEAR GOODS & SUPPLIES MJK Sales & Feed Ammunition, binoculars and scopes, camping equipment and cookware with some camouflage apparel, boots and clothing as well as certified hay. 290 Ranney St., Craig, 970-824-6581

of Carhartt and Murdoch’s hunting clothes. Pack saddles and bridles, blaze-orange halters, blankets, tire chains and shovels. 2355 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-4100,

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Northwest Pawn Shop One of the largest selections of firearms in Northwest Colorado with a huge selection of ammunition, archery equipment, knives, cleaning and reloading supplies and camouflage apparel. 801 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-2962 Rocky Mountain Bowstrings Full line of high-end archery equipment, camouflage and traditional bows with a selection of clothing and some camping supplies, optics and cutlery. The fullservice shop features a 20-yard, eight-lane indoor archery range on site. 696 Main St., Meeker, 970-878-4300,

Axis Leather Works Pick up a tanned, hair-on or rawhide while in Craig. Pick from 6 colors or take home a hair-on hide that is ready for display. UPS shipping available. 802 E. Second Place, Craig, 970-824-3256, Big Cat Taxidermy 51 Country Lane, Craig, 970-824-9624,

Maybell Store “Conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” this general store has basic game bags, calls, camping, hunting and fishing equipment, supplies and licenses with some ammunition, gasoline, propane, blocked and Wyatt’s Sports Center Licenses, ammunition, scopes and binoculars, crushed ice, meats, produce and dairy. slings, knives, hatchets, clothing, maps, 60311 U.S. Hwy 40, Maybell, 970-272-3262 camping equipment, stoves and boots. Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply 223 Eighth St., Meeker, 970-878-4428 Ammunition, fishing and hunting licenses, MEAT PROCESSING cookware, coolers, deer carts, sleds, & TAXIDERMY camping gear, knives, saws and a full line

Brothers Custom Processing 383 E. First St., Craig, 970-824-3855 Bullseye Taxidermy 1445 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-826-2997, Crazy 3 Tannery 1480 N. Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-6063,

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Craig Region Custom Quality Meats 1430 N. Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-4668 Gross Locker Plant Wild game processing since 1955. 140 S. 8th Street, Silt, 970-876-2334, Gunsmoke School of Taxidermy At our school, learn how to mount biggame animals in Craig, Colorado 37339 N. Hwy 13, Craig, 970-826-4293, Laura’s Corner 637 E. Main St., Rangely, 970-629-5607 or 970-675-2800 Mountain Man Taxidermy 1176 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-4910, Mountain Meat Packing 291 Lincoln St., Craig, 970-824-4878

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Rangely True Value Hardware 105 W. Main St., Rangely, 970-675-2454

Purkey Packing Plant 73215 Colo. Hwy 64, Meeker, 970-878-5501

Safeway Food & Drug 1295 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-9496

Wildlife Expressions Full Service Taxidermist Full-service taxidermy. Quality is our standard. 140 Morrison, Rangely, 970-629-3128

Samuelson True Value Hardware & Lumber 43900 Colo. Hwy 13, Meeker, 970-878-3528.


Samuelson True Value Hardware 456 Breeze St., Craig, 970-824-6683.

City Market 505 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-6515

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Valley Ace Hardware 401 E. Market St., Meeker, 970-878-4608 Northwest Region Service Center 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction, WalMart Supercenter 970-255-6100 2000 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-0340 Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Walden Conoco Meeker office/service center 609 Main St., Walden, 970-723-4246 P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, 970-878-6090 Kmart 1198 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-2966

Loaf ‘N Jug Store Out West Meat and Processing 101 W. Brontosaurus Blvd., Dinosaur, Wild game processing and retail butcher shop. 970-374-2461

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month. Also open during daylight hours, Thursday and Friday prior to each big game season for rifle sight-in. P.O. Box 622, Craig (4.5 miles northwest of Craig on Moffat County Road 7), 970-824-8376, Glenwood Springs Gun Club Public welcome to shoot when range is open. Sporting clays, trap, black powder, rifle and pistol ranges up to 200 yards. Hunter education courses also available. P.O. Box 2362, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-5556 Meeker Sportman’s Club, Inc. Hunter sight-in Thursdays and Fridays prior to each big game season . Sight-in is $5 per gun, or member shoot for $10. New memberships cost $20 plus dues per person and includes full use of archery, trap, rifle and pistol ranges. 36684 Colo. Hwy 13, P.O. Box 1325, Meeker (4.5 miles southwest of Meeker on Colo. Hwy 13), 970-878-3456, White River Bowmen Bow-hunting club with indoor and outdoor targets and a clubhouse. Memberships cost $35 per year. 970-675-8559

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GUIDES & OUTFITTERS 2V OUTFITTERS, LTD Sam Branham P.O. Box 23005, Glade Park Phone: 970-245-0313, BAR DIAMOND RANCH, LLC Dellis Ferrier P.O. Box 688, Hotchkiss Phone: 970-527-3010 Fax: 970-527-3416 BIGGERSTAFF GUIDES & OUTFITTERS, LLC Steve & Randi Biggerstaff P.O. Box 23187, Glade Park Phone: 970-210-1032 Cell: 970-250-2171 BRAY RANCHES Robert Bray P.O. Box 65, Redvale Phone: 970-327-4779 Fax: 970-327-4776 Cell: 970-729-1954,, BRYCE OUTFITTING Jim Bryce 20439 E Rd., Delta Phone: 970-874-4134 Cell: 970-270-3586 BUCK’S LIVERY, INC Benjamin Breed 61 CR 248, Durango Phone: 970-385-2110 Cell: 970-749-0858 CAMP DAVID OUTFITTING, LLC Ray & Jerad David 17201 6200 Rd., Montrose Phone: 970-252-1582 Fax: 970-252-1582 Cell: 970-765-5500, CARR CREEK CATTLE COMPANY, LLC David S. McDonald PO Box 2991, Grand Junction Phone: 970-261-5009 Fax: 970-255-9911

Cell: 970-275-2456, COMMANDER AND COMPANY, LTD Terry L. Commander Bosie 27200 County Rd. 12, Somerset Phone: 970-929-6202 Fax: 970-929-6202 COULTER LAKE GUEST RANCH & OUTFITTERS Jack Allard 80 County Rd 273, Rifle Phone: 970-625-1473 D & G HORSES AND OUTFITTING/ OLD TIME OUTFITTING Dale Coombs 1631 CR 293, Rifle Phone: 970-625-0234 DARK TIMBER OUTFITTING Richard Webb 236 S. 3rd St. #224, Montrose Phone: 970-275-5047 Cell: 970-275-5047 FAWN GULCH OUTFITTERS Troy Ross PO Box 727, Pagosa Springs Phone: 970-264-5266 Fax: 970-264-2123 Cell: 970-946-5265 FISH CREEK OUTFITTERS, LLC Brian & Melonie Peoples 1231 Lodge Pole Dr., Pagosa Springs Phone: 970-264-0982 HIGH SIERRA EXPEDITIONS, LLC Brad Gray 60392 HWY 90, Montrose Phone: 970-249-6334 Fax: 970-249-6334 Cell: 970-275-3383

CIRCLE K RANCH Al Cannon 27758 Hwy 145, Dolores Phone: 970-562-3808 , HIGHLANDS UNLIMITED, INC Jennifer & Geoff Burbey 3931 CR 122, Hesperus COLORADO TROPHIES Phone: 970-247-8443 Tom Colander P. O. Box 249, Redvale Phone: 970-327-4678 Fax: 970-327-4677

Grand Junction Region HILLS GUIDE SERVICE Clifford & Janice Hill 56860 OE Rd., Collbra Phone: 970-487-3731, HODIAK OUTFITTERS Hodiak (Hody) Ewing P.O. Box 1638, Arboles Phone: 970-799-3641 Cell: 970-799-3641 HUBBARD CREEK OUTFITTERS & PACK STATION, LLC Larry Allen P.O. Box 25, Hotchkiss Phone: 970-872-3818 Cell: 970-901-1839, J & RAY COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY, INC Ronald & Larry Franks 8360 6400 Rd., Montrose Phone: 970-323-0115 Fax: 970-323-8890 JACK CASSIDY, COLORADO BIG GAME HUNTS, LLC Jack Cassidy 1436 N Rd, Loma Phone: 970-858-6586 Fax: 970-858-6587 Cell: 970-270-2112, KEYS GUIDE & OUTFITTING, LLC Joe Keys PO Box 1080, Clifton Phone: 970-216-7899 Cell: 970-216-7899 KNIGHT CANYON OUTFITTERS, INC. Bill, Wade & Nathan Wilson PO Box 304, Norwood Phone: 970-327-4614 Fax: 970-327-4614 Cell: 970-729-1806, LAMICQ GUIDES & OUTFITTERS, INC. John Lamicq 2396 Ridgeway Court, Grand Junction Phone: 970-270-3557 LAZY F BAR OUTFITTERS, INC Steve Guerrieri PO Box 7089, Gunnison Phone: 970-641-3313 Fax: 970-641-2151 Cell: 970-596-2567,

LITTLE CONE OUTFITTER Roy Hutt PO Box 296/ 46 CR 43 ZN, Norwood Phone: 970-327-4620 LOBO OUTFITTERS, LLC Mike & Dick Ray 4821 A HWY 84, Pagosa Springs Phone: 970-264-5546 Cell: 970-749-4148 , OUTWEST GUIDES John Calderon 5121 CR 3, Marble Phone: 970-963-5525 OVER THE HILL OUTFITTERS, INC Terry Palmer & Randy Palmer 4140 CR 234, Durango Phone: 970-247-1694 Cell: 970-759-1694, 970-749-7619, PEAK TO CREEK OUTFITTERS, INC Gene Carlson P.O. Box 1986, Bayfield Phone: 970-884-0199 Fax: 970-884-0199 Cell: 970-759-8869 PINYON OUTFITTERS, LLC Dennis Pottorff P.O. Box 123, Cortez Phone: 970-562-4460 Cell: 970-739-0892 ROOSTERS GUIDE & OUTFITTING ADVENTURES Rod Cogburn 2174 45 1/2 Rd, Debeque Phone: 970-283-8919 Fax: 970-283-1028 Cell: 970-618-7203 raycogburn@roostersguideandoutfitting, www. SAWBUCK OUTFITTERS Joe Cisler 44596 Needle Rock RD, Crawford Phone: 970-921-3557 SILVER DOLLAR OUTFITTERS Trish Tully P.O. Box 5481, Pagosa Springs Phone: 970-264-9576 Cell: 970-946-2976 2013 | colorado Hunter

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Grand Junction Region www SILVER SPUR OUTFITTERS, LLC Trent Snyder 67290 E. La Salle Rd., Montrose Phone: 970-249-4242 Fax: 970-249-4242 Cell: 970-379-4297 SUNDOWN OUTFITTERS / RIO GRANDE OUTFITTERS Ash Tully P.O. Box 5481, Pagosa Springs Phone: 970-264-9576, www TENDERFOOT OUTFITTERS Fred Stinson, Kendall Butts PO Box 246, Gunnison Phone: 800-641-0504 Fax: 970-641-0504 THE GUNNISON COUNTRY GUIDE SERVICE

John C. Nelson P.O. Box 1443, Gunnison Phone: 970-641-2830 Cell: 970-209-7104 THIRD GENERATION OUTFITTERS Forest Bramwell P.O. Box 1216, 275 CR 139, Pagosa Springs Phone: 970-219-7523 WAUNTIA HOT SPRINGS RANCH Ryan Pringle 8007 County Rd. 887, Gunnison Phone: 970-641-1266

GEAR, GOODS & SUPPLIES Action Shop Services, The We are a family owned and operated business, since April 1, 1987.  We now have a full-time power equipment repair facility. 2412 Access Road, Rifle, 970-625-0943,

All Metals Welding & Fabrication  Known across the United States for specialized fabrication, welding, waterjet cutting and repair. 1707 I-70 Business Loop, Grand Junction, 970-243-6310, All-Terrain Motorsports Established in 1993 by James and Jacki Wells. We carry the full line Kawasaki, (BRP) CanAm, and Yamaha (except motorcycles). This includes ATVs, Side x Sides, generators and related accessories for all your outdoor and hunting needs. 3080 I-70 Business Loop, Grand Junction, 970-434-4874, Toll Free: 888-622-6125, Area Best Pawn Buy, sell, consign, trade and pawn guns.  Reloading supplies available.   2014 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, 970-240-6062 Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson & Mountain Powersports Showroom with Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Polaris Snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s. Service department, parts department, as well as full line clothing and accessories. Harley-Davidson

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motorcycle rentals. 2302 Devereux Rd, Glenwood Springs, 970-928-7493, Big J Jewelry & Loan We are both a retail store and a lending institution. Big J features new and previously owned merchandise, as well as being an alternative lending source for short-term cash loans. 136 S 7th St, Grand Junction, 970-243-9332 – 900 E Main St, Montrose, Centennial RV Grand Junction Colorado’s premier RV dealership carrying Cougar, Coleman, Montana, Open Range, Ascend, Passport, Rubicon, Voltage and Fuzion. 2429 Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 970-245-8886, Colorado Cylinder Stoves - Lundsford Cylinder and collapsible pack stoves, canvas wall tents and campfire rings.   2481 Commerce Blvd, Grand Junction, 970-243-4595 Dennis Gillilan Hunt, LLC We facilitate the sale of landowner permits

in Colorado and also $$$$ Cash for guns, antlers, and traps!!! $$$$ or 970-464-9232 or 970-234-0797 Duffy’s Small Power Repair & Sales & Rentals We want to be your local service center for outdoor power equipment. 2473 Commerce Blvd Ste 1, Grand Junction, 970-424-0243, D W Metal Works Made To Your Specifications, DW Metal Works, Inc. can handle all of your welding and fabrication needs with certified welders in our shop. 725 Scarlet Drive, Grand Junction, 970-245-2000, Firestone Complete Auto Care including tires, auto repair and vehicle maintenance for cars, trucks and SUVs. 607 24 Rd Grand Junction, 970-243-402 Fishers Liquor Barn Fisher’s Liquor Barn has quite simply the best selection of Beer, Wine, and Spirits on the Western Slope. 2438 F Road, Grand Junction, 970-242-0999 Grease Monkey  Complete automotive maintenance services, including oil changes, performed by professional technicians.   2857 North Ave, Grand Junction, 970-241-1895 Humphrey RV & Trailer Your work and play experts with RVs to meet your family’s needs. Named #1 KZ dealer in North America for 2011 &2012. 800 Hwy 50 South, Grand Junction, 970-256-7338, Liquor Store, The Large selection of fine wine, beer and liquor. Montrose, CO, next to Wal-Mart 970-252-8889 Mattas Marine & RV Full service RV and boat store, featuring America’s favorite Lance campers and travel trailers. Boats by Chaparral, Centurion, Alumacraft and Ranger.   2308 Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 970-241-8517, Pro Powder Coating Professional firearm & high temp coatings, powder coating and soda and sand

blasting. 549 Bogart Lane, Grand Junction, 970-241-3422 Red Rock Archery Full service provider since 1983. Bowhunter, target shooter or 3D enthusiast, we have the resources to meet every shooters needs. 3193 Hall Ave, Grand Junction, 970-241-2697 Rifle Truck & Trailer Over 150 trailers in stock, good selection of ATV’s and snowmobiles.  We appreciate your business!  Open Monday - Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm 1725 Airport Road, Rifle, 970-625-8884,

Grand Junction Region Western Implement Western Implement, in Grand Junction and Montrose, provides goods and services that keep our customer’s coming back again and again. 2919 North Avenue, Grand Junction, 970-242-7960,

MEAT PROCESSING, TAXIDERMY & FUR DEALERS Bookcliff Fur Company We have been dealers in raw & tanned furs in Colorado since 1975. We now carry a complete line of cage traps, lures, & other trap line supplies. 1971 Frontage Rd, Fruita, 970-683-1402

Rocky Toppers & Rhino Linings of Grand Junction Truck toppers & Linings, grill guards, bed slides, steps, fender flares, tool boxes and other after market products.   529 Pitkin Ave, Grand Junction, 970-254-9339

Buck Stops Here Taxidermy Buck Stops Here Taxidermy locally owned and operated. We cater to Hunters that expect Quality Mounts in a reasonable time. 719 S. 14 Road, Glade Park, 970-201-3903

Safari Ltd We are an independent solar powered Toyota Service Center located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Long story short — SERVICE, REPAIR & PARTS for all TOYOTA, LEXUS AND SCION vehicles. 1005 Pitkin Ave, Grand Junction, 970-245-5898,

D & M Meats Quality domestic and wild game processing, serving the valley for the last ten years. Owned and operated by Dan & Michelle Gillilan. 2889 Florida St, Grand Junction, 970-241-1073,

Scotty’s Scotty’s muffler is Your Complete Car Care Center. 357 Pitkin Avenue, Grand Junction, 970-243-9209 Springworks We can outfit your Truck, RV, Boat, Horse and Utility Trailers for the great outdoors. 555 West Gunnison Grand Junction 970-242-4404 Thrive Life- Pamela Hanson Freeze dried foods, full line of camping and emergency gear, food rotation systems and tools. Pam Hanson, Independent Distributor 435-459-9789,, Tire Distribution Center Full service tire work with the right mix of new tire and retread knowledge to ensure the ongoing success of our customers. 410 North Ave, Grand Junction, Phone: 970-242-3021, Fax: 970-245-8089 Store Manager: Tim Shive,

Eagle Springs Meat USDA meat and processing plant at Eagle Springs. We provide the freshest beef, pork, lamb, goat, fish, and poultry that you can buy. 1733 Railroad Ave, Rifle, 970-625-5249 High Desert Taxidermy We use the best of the commercial tanneries and supply companies because quality is always the #1 most important aspect. We offer competitive prices and reasonable turnaround times. 1923 L Road Fruita, Phone: 970-858-3389 Cell: 970-216-1460 Hotchkiss Meats Custom, domestic and wild game processing plant. Try one of our 30+ award winning specialty sausage or smoke products! 219 High St, Hotchkiss, 970-872-3030 Kinikin Processing Jerky, brats and summer sausage made in house.  State inspected and cleanest meat processing plant in the area.

72015 Kinikin Road, Montrose 970-240-4329, Orchard Mesa Market Locally owned family market, provides meat processing, gasoline, propane, lottery sales, frozen food lockers, and wild game processing. 176 29 Rd Grand Junction, 970-243-6601 Rocky Mountain Tanners Rocky Mountain Tanners has been in business for over 20 years, showcasing all types of hide tanning services and custom leather products. 4965 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303-293-2882

OTHER SUPPORTING BUSINESSES Alidas Fruits Bringing you the best Colorado Jams, Jellies, Syrups, Palisade Peaches and Chocolate Dipped Fruits! 419 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970-241-2091; 3402 C ½ road (E. Orchard Mesa) Palisade, 970-434-8769 Arrowhead Ranch Real Estate Your premier online resource for Mountain Homes and Mountain Lots in Gunnison County, Colorado. We are committed to meeting all your Arrowhead Ranch real estate needs. 21501 Alpine Plateau Rd. Cimarron, 970-862-8402 or 800-643-9905 Colorado Customs Professional sales & instillation. Top brands for truck accessories and after market products. 587 25 Road, Grand Junction, 970-257-0522 Colorado Division of Wildlife Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. 711 Independent Ave, Grand Junction, 970-255-6100 Columbine Ford Our goal is to make your car buying experience the best possible. We offer a wide variety of new and used cars, Ford incentives, 2013 | colorado Hunter

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562 South Westgate Drive, Grand Junction, 970-243-1461,

Fuoco Motor Company  Honda, Nissan, GMC, Cadillac and preowned quality vehicles for nearly 80 years.  Friendly and professional full service motor company. 741 N. 1st St, Grand Junction, 970-242-1571, 800-323-6483,

Lewis Merchantile Located in the center of SW Colorado hunting. Carries hunting licenses, ammunition, blaze orange attire, camping supplies, hunting accessories, calls, scents and so much more! 311 Bayfield Center Dr, Bayfield, 970-884-9502

Grand Valley Power Providing affordable, reliable electricity in Mesa County and the valley since 1937. 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, 970-242-0040 Grimsley’s Upholstery  Upholstery for your auto, boat, RV or furniture. 804 Pitkin Ave, Grand Junction, 970-245-3316 Haining Plumbing & Heating provides expert service to the entire western slope of Colorado.

Mt. Peaks Urgent Care We specialize in the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries for patients of all ages. You never need an appointment and we accept most insurance plans. 836 S Townsend Ave, Montrose, 970-249-2118; 456 Kokopelli Suite B Fruita, 970-639-9505 Primary Care Partners- Docs on Call An after-hours facility, established to provide patient care after normal office hours. Providing a cost-effective alternative to a hospital emergency room for non life-


threatening illnesses and injuries. 3150 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, 970-255-1576 Quality Custom Fab, LLC A full service welding and fabrication shop. Provides our customers with the very best in quality craftsmanship & smart design. 2730 Hwy 50, Grand Junction, 970-245-7789 St. Mary’s Hospital The Regional Medical Center. We provide emergency & trauma services, CareFlight medical transport services, stroke care, heart and vascular services. We’re here if the unthinkable happens. We’re here for life. 2635 N 7th St, Grand Junction, 970-298-2273 Western Slope Auto Western Slope Auto is a new and used car dealer serving Grand Junction, Colorado. Our goal is to provide you with the best car buying experience possible! 2264 Hwy 6 & 50 Grand Junction, 888-974-1154, Withers Seidman Rice & Mueller PC 101 S Third St, Ste 265, Grand Junction, 970-245-9075,

1st Stop 821 W Tomichi Ave, Gunnison, 970-641-6700 Action Shop Services, The 2412 Access Road, Rifle, 970-625-0943 Alpine Angling & Adventure Travel 981 Cowen Dr. #A, Carbondale, 970-963-9245 Area Best Pawn & Loan 2014 Townsend Ave, Montrose, 970-204-6062 Army & Factory Surplus 2828 Glen Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-7796 Basalt Center Fuel 122 Midland Ave, Basalt, 970-927-3599 Battlement Grocery 0071 Sipprelle Dr, Battlement Mesa, C, 970-925-5295

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Battlement Mesa Hardware 71-4 Sipperelle Dr, Battlement Mesa, 970-285-6678 Berfield Stage Stop 519 W. Tomichi, Gunnison, 970-641-5782 Big 5 Sporting Goods 400 S. Camino Del Rio Suite. A, Durango, 970-247-1588 Big R Of Alamosa 148 Craft, Alamosa, 719-587-0435 Big R Of Cortez 1319 East Main, Cortez, 970-564-1892 Blair’s Truckstop 2127 East Main St, Montrose, 970-249-4686 Cabela’s 2424 Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 970-683-5000 Canon City Sports Outlet 1012-A Main St, Canon City, 719-275-9160 Cedaredge Foodtown 210 SE Independence Ave, Cedaredge, 970-856-3151 Circle K Ranch 26916 Hwy 145, Dolores, 970-562-3808 City Market 131 Market St, Alamosa, 719-589-2492; 1703 Fremont, Canon City, 719-275-1595; 1051 Hwy 133, Carbondale, 970-963-3255; 508 E Main St, Cortez, 970-565-6504; 122 Gunnison River Dr, Delta, 970-874-9718; 6 Town Plaza Shopping Center, Durango, 970-247-4475; 3130 Main Ave, Durango, 970-259-0240; 0103 Market St, Eagle, 970-328-1302; 135 S Plum, Fruita, 970-858-9506; 1410 S Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-8207; 200 Rood Ave, Grand Junction, 970-241-2278; 2830 N Ave, Grand Junction, 970-244-8100 ; 569 32 Rd, Grand Junction, 970-434-9603; 2270 Hwy 50 South, Grand Junction, 970-245-1411; 880 N Main, Gunnison, 970-641-3816; 215 6th St, Hotchkiss, 970-872-2600; 128 Townsend, Montrose, 970-249-3405; 16400 S Townsend, Montrose, 970-240-3236; 850 Castle Valley Blvd, New Castle, 970-984-9715; 165 Country Center Dr, Pagosa Springs, 970-731-6000; 1320 Railroad Ave, Rifle, 970-625-3080 Collbran Creamery 2117 Rodeo Rd, Collbran, 970-487-3511

Collbran Supply 203 Main, Collbran, 970-487-3341 Colorado Rocky Mtn Outfitters 20090 Barron Lake Dr, Cedaredge, 970-856-4497 Colorado Trails Ranch 12161 Co. Rd. 240, Durango, 970-247-5055 Cox Conoco 135 Railroad Ave, Mancos, 970-533-7728 Dan’s Flyshop 100 N Main, Gunnison, 970-209-6889 Dan’s Fly Shop Hwy 149, Lake City, 970-944-2281 Delta Hardware 263 Main St, Delta, 970-874-9515 Dennis Gillilan Hunt, LLC 407 35 Road, Palisade, 970-464-9235

Grand Junction Region Five Branches Camper Park 4677 Co. Rd, 501-A Bayfield, 970-884-2582

Kmart 2809 North Ave, Grand Junction, 970-243-6250

Frost RV Park & Country Store 2113 Lakeshore Dr, Cedaredge, 970-856-3216

Ken Banks Shooters World 1220 E N St, Cortez, 970-565-8960

Fruita Consumers Coop Locations 1650 Hwy 6 & 50, Fruita, 970-858-3667 995 Main St, Nucla, 970-864-7323 205 W. 8th St, Palisade, 970-646-7277 Frying Pan Anglers 132 Basalt Center Cir, Basalt, 970-927-3441 Gardenswartz 863 Main Ave, Durango, 970-247-2660 Gene Taylor’s 201 W. Tomichi, Gunnison, 970-641-1845

Kessler Canyon 0655 C.R. 209, Debeque, 970-283-1145 Leisure Time Sports 110-D Se. Frontier Ave, Cedaredge, 970-856-3000 Lewis Mercantile 311 Bayfield Center Dr, Bayfield, 970-884-9502 M & M Mercantile 240 Front St, Placerville, 970-728-3216

Glade Park Store 1644 Ds Rd, Glade Park, 970-242-5421

ME 2 Firearms, LLC 314 E 1st St, Parachute, 970-285-9170

Goodman’s Dept. Store 402 Pagosa St, Pagosa Springs, 970-264-5460

Montrose Travel Center 706 South 9th, Grand Junction, 970-242-9511

Goods For The Woods 307 S. Camino Del Rio, Durango, 970-247-5725

Montrose True Value 22 S. Townsend, Montrose, 970-249-4924

Grand Mesa Lodge 25861 Hwy 65, Cedaredge, 970-856-3250

Mr. T’s Hardware 6300 Co. Rd. 335, New Castle, 970-984-2977

Duranglers 923 Main Ave, Durango, 970-385-4081

Gunnison Lakeside Resort 28357 W. Hwy 50, Gunnison, 970-641-0477

Naturita Sales 31510 Hwy 141, Naturita, 970-865-2886

Eagle Mountain Mercantile 56 Talisman Dr. Unit 8c, Pagosa Springs, 970-731-9900

Gunnison River Fly Shop 300 N. Main St, Gunnison, 970-641-2930

Nearly Everything Store, The 301 Broadway, Eagle, 970-328-6875

Eagle River Anglers 25 Eby Creek Rd, Eagle, 970-328-2323

High Lonesome Lodge 0275 222 Rd, Debeque, 970-283-9420

Eagle Travel Stop 1040, I-70 Exit 47, Palisade, 970-522-0801

Ignacio Shur Valu 535 Goddard Ave, Ignacio, 970-563-4462

Newberry S Store 82119 Hwy 50, Cimarron, 970-249-5689

Elk Point Lodge 21730 Co. Rd. 501, Bayfield, 970-884-2482

Jerry’s Outdoor Sports 507 30 Rd, Grand Junction, 970-245-1502

Norwood True Value 1635 Grand Ave, Norwood, 970-327-4238

Fred’s Hardware 1733 A Railroad Ave, Rifle, 970-245-7541

JP Flyfishing Specialties 1100 Grand Ave, Canon City, 719-275-7637

Olathe Hardware 321 Main St, Olathe, 970-323-5708

Department of Parks & Wildlife Offices 151 E. 16th St, Durango, 970-247-0855 50633 Hwy 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, 970-947-2920; 711 Independent Ave, Grand Junction, 970-255-6100; 300 W. New York Ave, Gunnison, 970-641-7060; 2300 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, 970-252-6000 Dove Creek Superette 445 W Hwy 666, Dove Creek, 970-677-2336

Needles Country Store 46825 N. Hwy 550, Durango, 970-247-1221

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Grand Junction Region Ol’ Grand Mesa Corner Market 10986 Hwy 65, Mesa, 970-268-5897

Telluride Outside/Telluride Angler 121 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, 970-728-3895

Outdoor World 1234 Greene St, Silverton, 970-387-5628

Safeway 112 S Spruce, Gunnison, 970-641-0787 1414 Main St, Canon City, 719-547-2108 1329 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, 970-249-8822; 2001 Grand St, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-2760; 1550 Highway 92, Delta, 310-874-9032; 1580 E. Main St, Cortez, 310-874-9032; 2148 Broadway, Grand Junction, 970-243-4204; 681 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, 970-254-0227

Outfitter, The 21 Pike Dr, Pagosa Springs, 970-264-1321

San Juan Angler, The 600 Main St Ste 202 & 203, Durango, 970-927-9927

Paonia Farm And Home Supply 206 Grand Ave, Paonia, 970-527-3301

Sapinero Village Store 16020 Us Hwy 50, Gunnison, 970-641-2340

Piedra Store 22391 W. Hwy 160, Chimney Rock, 970-731-5646

Shoreline Marina 26363 County Rd 3, Orchard, 970-645-2534

Pine River Lodge 14443 Co Rd 501, Bayfield, 970-884-2563

Ski And Bow Rack 354 E. Pagosa St, Pagosa Springs, 970-264-2370

Pleasant Valley 84100 E. Hwy 50, Cimarron, 970-249-8330

Skyline Food & Gas 27963 Hwy 184, Dolores, 970-882-2171

Priest Gulch Campground 27646 Hwy 145, Dolores, 970-562-3810

Slavens 237 W Main St, Cortez, 970-565-8571

Rigs Fly Shop & Guide Service 565 Sherman Hwy, Ste #2, Ridgway, 970-626-4460

Sports Authority 125 E. Meadows Dr, Glenwood Springs, Valley Ranch Supply 970-947-9563; 2424 Hwy 6 & 50, Grand 57454 Hwy 330, Collbran, Junction, 970-241-7977; 3451 So. Rio Grande, 970-487-3000 Unit A, Montrose, 970-249-2706 Wal-Mart Sportsman Inc. 1835 E. Main, Cortez, 970-565-6138 ; 238 S Gunnison Ave, Lake City, 16750 S. Townsend, Montrose, 970-249970-944-2526 7544; 3010 Blake Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-5563; 220 Beaver Creek Pl, Avon, Sportsman’s Campground 970-949-6442 ; 2881 North Ave, Grand & Mtn Cabins Junction, 970-241-6061; 900 N. Main St. 2095 Taylor Lane, Pagosa Springs, Bldg. A, Gunnison, 970-641-1733; 1155 S. 970-731-2300 Camino Del Rio, Durango, 970-259-8755; 2545 Rimrock Ave, Grand Junction, Sportsman’s Warehouse 970-248-0031; 1000 Airport Road, Rifle, 2464 Us 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 970-625-5367; 37 Stafford Ln, Delta, 970-243-8100 970-874-1585

Ouray Apteka 611 Main St, Ouray, 970-325-4388

Rite Aid 400 N. 1st St, Grand Junction, 970-263-7415; 1834 N. 12th St, Grand Junction, 970-243-3125; 2992 F Road, Grand Junction, 970-241-3795; 1412 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-7401 Roaring Fork Anglers 2205 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-0180 Roaring Fork Valley Co-Op 0760 Hwy133, Carbondale, 970-963-2220

Rocky Mountain General Store & Lodge Sundance RV Camp 11674 Hwy 65, Mesa, 970-268-5057 17454 County Road 501, Bayfield, 970-884-0999 Taylor Creek Fly Shop 183 Basalt Center Cr, Basalt, Riverside Convenience Store 970-927-4374 1110 Railroad Ave, Dolores, 970-882-3434

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Telluride Sports 150 W Colorado, Telluride, 970-728-4477 Telluride Sports 565 Mountain Village, Telluride, , 970-728-0364 Telluride Whitewater 2474 J-50 Dr, Austin, 970-835-5050 Terry’s Ace Hardware 525 Navajo Trails Dr, Pagosa Springs, 970-731-4022 Tim’s 810 Main, Silt, 970-876-0757 Timberline Sporting Goods 101 East Third, Rifle, 970-625-4868 Toad’s Guide Shop 309 E. Main Montrose, 970-249-0408 Trader’s Rendevous 516 W. Tomichi, Gunnison, 970-641-5077 Vail Valley Anglers 97 Main St Unit E102, Edwards, 970-926-0900 Vallecito Resort 13030 Co Rd 501, Bayfield, 970-884-9458

Weekenders Sports 141 W. Bridge, Hotchkiss, 970-872-3444 Western Anglers 413 Main St, Grand Junction, 970-244-8658

STATE PARKS Colorado River-Corn Lake 361 32 Road, Clifton, 970-434-3388 Colorado River Fruita (Park) 595 Hwy 340, Fruita, 970-434-3388 Colorado River-Island Acres 36132 Road, Clifton, 970-434-3388 Crawford State Park 40468 Hwy 92, Crawford, 970-921-5721 Highline Lake State Park 1800 11.8 Road, Loma, 970-858-7208 Jackson Lake (Park) 26363 County Rd 3, Orchard, 970-645-2551 Lone Mesa State Park 1321 Railroad Ave, Dolores, 970-882-2213 Mancos State Park 1321 Railroad Ave, Dolores, 970-882-2213 Navajo Marina/Park 1526 County Rd 982, Arboles, 970-883-2628 or 970-883-2208 Ridgway State Park 28555 Hwy 550, Ridgway, 970-626-5822 Rifle Gap (Park) 5775 Hwy 325 Rifle, 970-625-1607 Sweitzer Lake (Park) 40468 Hwy 92 Crawford, 970-921-5721 Sylvan Lake State Park 10200 Brush Creek Rd, Eagle, 970-328-2021 Vega State Park 6624 64 6/10 Rd, Collbran, 970-487-3407

Car Wash The Car Wash 970-724-9488, 1103 Eagle Avenue Self Service Car Wash 

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Horse Boarding Whiteley Peak Ranch 630-632-9134, 14938 HWY. 40, Horse Boarding

Kremmling Region Bob’s Western Motel 970-724-3266, We offer quiet, clean rooms for your comfort. We welcome all types of travelers. We have smoking and pet rooms. Discounted rates available @

Red Mountain RV Park 970-724-9593, 2201 Central Avenue Camping, tenting, showers, dump station, propane & RV supplies, WIFI, RV & boat storage.

We offer ATV’s, Side x Side, and SnowLlama Rentals mobiles from Polaris and Arctic Cat for all Aspen Way Llama Rentals your hunting needs. 115 W. Central Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9655, 970-724-9629, Hotel Eastin  Llama Rentals in Gore Range, North of HWY 970-724-3261, 105 S. 2nd St.

Grocery Stores Kremmling Mercantile 970-724-8979, 101 Martin Way Grocery Store, deli, bakery, custom meat shop, produce, liquor, pharmacy, fuel station & car wash.

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Lodging Allington Inn & Suites 970-724-9800, 215 W Central Avenue Lodging w/ delux continental breakfast, the only indoor pool in town, hot tub, WIFI, fitness center, 24-hour guest services, 32” cable TV, mini-fridge, gourmet in-room coffee, and many other amenities.

Lodge-based, free-range rifle hunts on private 10,000-acre ranch for elk, deer, antelope, bison and bear (GMUs 17 and 181). 7401 U.S. Hwy 40, Kremmling, 970-724-9651, Aspen Way Bed & Breakfast 970-724-9629, Bull Basin Guides & Outfitters 970-72-.0417,

Lodging & breakfast, bedrooms (2) adjoin 600 sq. ft. sun room, great views & access to Routt National Forest.

Wolford Campground 970-724-1266, Camping, tenting, boat rentals, boating, water skiing, fishing, boat slips. Kremmling’s fantastic historic railroad hotel featuring remodeled immaculate rooms, free wi-fi, coffee and a “homey” atmosphere. Also 1 bedroom fully furnished apts. on short term basis. 

Restaurants Big Shooter Coffee 970-724-3735, 311 Park Ave.  The Moose Cafe 970-724-9987, 115 W. Park Ave. Family Restaurant serving homestyle cooking. Open 6am-2pm Daily!

Latigo Ranch 970-724-9008, 201 CR 119, Dude Ranch/Nordic Center. Package includes lodging, food and activities of the season.

Quarter Circle Saloon 970-724-9601, Bar & Restaurant Service 

Muddy Creek Cabins 970-724-9559, 315 River Lane Great place to stay for your snowmobiling trip, hunting or fishing trip, family reunions, or just to get away. 

Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill 970-724-9219, Bar & Restaurant Service Subway 970-724-9578, 310 Park Avenue

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Elk and deer non-guided hunts on 15 private ranches, archery through rifle seasons (GMUs 15, 42, 52, 53, 65 and 741). P.O. Box 1244, Winnsboro, La, 71295, 318-435-5029 or 318-435-5592, Dave Parri’s Outfitting and Guide Service

Full-service, base camp and drop camp elk and deer hunts and pack service offered for the archery, muzzle-loading and rifle big game seasons into the heart of Troublesome Basin (GMU 18). Guided fly-fishing trips also available. P.O. Box 254, Hot Sulphur Springs, 970-725-3531, Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch

Del’s has been in continuous operation in North Routt County since 1962, offering both full-service, five-day hunts as well as drop camps deep into the wilderness of the Routt National Forest. Elk, deer and bear hunts in GMUs 5, 14, 161 and 214. 55675 Routt County Road 62 (P.O. Box 893), Clark (18 miles north of Steamboat), 970-879-3495,

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Customized unguided hunting packages to vast public lands in the Routt National Forest, archery through second elk and deer rifle season. 29840 Routt County Road 64, Clark (20 miles north of Steamboat), 800-750-6220,

Hester Hunting Company

Deer, elk, moose antelope, bear, sheep, goat and mountain lion hunts during archery, muzzle loading and rifle seasons. All hunts lodge-based and fully guided, with some overnight spike camps. 1367 Eagle Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9746,

Fish & Cross Ranch/Pack Country Outfitters

In Yampa at the base of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, this historic working cattle ranch offers full-service guided backcountry hunting trips and some limited drop-camp/ self-guided hunts, archery through rifle seasons on national forest and private lands. Horseback rides, guided fishing trips, guided wilderness/wildlife photo hikes and cattle drives also available. 24300 Routt County Road 11, Yampa (45 minutes south of Steamboat), 970-638-1064,

Jeffcoat Ranch & Outfitters

Trespass-fee elk and deer hunts on private lands. P.O. Box 97, Hamilton, 970-824-3757 or

Steamboat Springs Region Luark Ranch & Outfitters

Rents cabins and horses, drop-camps and packing services to 2,400 acres of private and adjacent, non-motorized public BLM land (GMU 26) during archery, muzzleloading and rifle big-game seasons. Also offers trail rides and wild game meat processing. 2834 Luark Road, Burns, 970-653-4324, M&M Elk Ranch

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Guided archery, muzzle-loading and rifle elk and deer hunts and drop camps with exclusive outfitter rights to 90 square miles of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area (GMU 15), owned and operated by Olympic and World Cup mogul coach Timmy Meagher. PT Outfitters

Offering bull and cow elk services for hunters. 50803 Aspen Meadow Court, Last Chance Ranch Steamboat Springs, 970-879-5200, Cabin-based, self-guided and drop-camp 303-901-1364, elk and deer hunts on private land, along with access to public lands of GMUs 131 Middle Creek Ranch/Middle Creek and 231 in the Routt National Forest. Ranch Outfitters 17825 Routt County Road 29, Oak Creek, Provides housing, first-class cooking, 970-736-8564, meals and guides for hunting guests. Five Springs Ranch Guide and Outfitters Open for all big game and archery and Fully guided hunts for deer, elk, antelope Longshot Ranch rifle seasons on 8,000 private acres and bear, starting in August archery Trespass-fee hunts during big game of mountainous and open-meadow season and running through rifle seasons seasons on 45 acres of private land combined terrain. in December on 7,000 acres of leased bordering public BLM land. 28310 Routt County Road 31, Oak Creek (25 private land. 28925 Routt County Road 14, Steamboat miles south of Steamboat), 970-879-7353 29550 Colo. Hwy 131 Steamboat (10 miles Springs, 970-879-4026


Northern Colorado Outfitters

Private land hunts for elk, antelope, deer and bear (GMUs 27, 18, 181). 129 Grand County Road 12, Kremmling, 866-724-3616 Red Feather Guides & Outfitters

Gould-based outfitter offers deluxe horseback-guided wilderness hunts, archery through second rifle season for deer, elk and moose. Fishing, horseback riding and camping trips available. 49794 Colo. Hwy 14, Walden, 970-723-4204 (summer and fall) or 970-524-5054 (winter and spring),

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Offers some fully guided archery, muzzleloading and rifle hunts for elk and mule deer (GMU 28) from family-operated working ranch focusing on private flyfishing trips. 137 Grand County Road 39, Kremmling, 970-531-2008, Rocky Mountain Ranches

Specializing in trespass-fee, non-guided big game hunts and drop camps for deer, elk and antelope on private ranch lands. 466 S. 16th Ave., Brighton, 970-846-1147, Saddleback Ranch

Deluxe accommodations at the Double Dollar Lodge for elk and mule deer guided hunts on 8,000-acres of private land on family-owned working cattle ranch, August through fall rifle seasons. 37350 Routt County Road 179 (15 miles west of Steamboat), 970-879-3711, www Silver Creek Outfitters

Full and semi-guided hunts and drop-

camps offered primarily for elk, deer and mountain lion on rugged national forest service public lands. 33710 Lariat Trail (25 miles south of Steamboat), 970-846-5877, www Snowmass Creek Outfitters

Guided horseback riding, hunting and fishing (GMU 43) near White River National Forest and Maroon Bells. Mountain climbing and nature photo classes also available 3610 Capitol Creek Rd., Snowmass, 970-704-0707, www Skiles Guest & Hunting Ranch

Elk and deer trespass-fee hunts offered on 800 private acres and adjacent public lands in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area from the base of Dome Peak. Horse rental and packing services available. P.O. Box 12, Burns, 970-653-4329, www

deer and elk hunts from the Williams Fork Hunt Camp for archery through rifle seasons in addition to four drop camps in the Routt National Forest (GMU 12). Craig Ranch — 781 Moffat County Road 15, Craig, 970-824-3468; Steamboat Stables — 835 Howelson Parkway, Steamboat (base of Howelson Hill, behind the rodeo grounds), 970-879-2306; Meeker White River Horse Camp — 12900 Rio Blanco County Road 8, Meeker, 970-878-4382, 303-442-0258, 303-586-4577, Sunset Ranch

Offers big game hunting trips and drop camps to the Swamp Park region, Mad Creek Lakes and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area in the Routt National Forest. Multiday fishing and sightseeing wilderness pack trips also available. 29420 Elk Horn Lane (three miles north of Steamboat) 970-879-0954 Three Forks Ranch

All-inclusive deer, elk and antelope hunts on 50,000 private acres surrounded on three sides by national forest offered by Ranching for Wildlife program partner (GMU 5). Sombrero Ranches Rents horses for all seasons, including tack P.O. Box 69, Savery, Wyo., 970-583-7396, and delivery/pick-up within a 50-mile ra- dius of one of the Sombero camps. Guided

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Trophy Mountain Elk Ranch

Private game hunting preserve with over 3,000 acres for guided trophy bull elk hunting. Bison, turkey and deer hunts also available. 4000 Jackson County Road 4, Cowdrey (22 miles north of Walden), 723-4000, Vanatta Outfitters

Ranching for Wildlife program partner features September through December hunt dates for elk and deer along with August through November hunt dates for antelope including 17,000 prime acres of public and private land at 4 Mile Ranch. P.O. Box 77170, Steamboat, 970-879-6164, Wild Skies Four Season Cabin Rentals

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Backpacking gear and offers rentals for tents, stoves and backpacks. 841 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs, 970-879-6249, BAP!

Steamboat’s only Orvis-endorsed outfitter with full-service fly shop specializes in guided fishing trips and sells some maps, knives, outfitting packs and boots. 730 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, 970-879-8747 or 888-810-8747,

Outdoor retail shop and outlet store for BAP! (fleece apparel), Big Agnes (sleeping pads, bags and tents) and Honey Stinger (energy bars and gels) also sells other gear and clothing from manufacturers like Smith Optics and Smartwool. 735 Oak St., Steamboat, 970-879-7507,

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Fly shop with ammunition, archery and muzzle-loading equipment and camping equipment. 111 W. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9407

Offers hunting apparel and more. 193 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden, 970-276-3313

Full-service shooting sports center with firearms, gun-smithing, ammunition, spotting scopes and binoculars, rangefinders and hunting accessories. 1320 Dream Island Plaza, Steamboat, 970-879-7565 Fishin’ Hole Sporting Goods

Flat Tops Ranch Supply

Farm supplies, animal feed, tack, tools, propane, sporting goods and gifts 21475 Highway 131, Phippsburg, 970-736-2450 Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse

Cabins, rooms, and more with direct access to print hunting grounds in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area (GMUs 14, 214 and 131). Also offers horseback riding, pack trips, fishing and ATV tours. Fuel, lodging, convenience store, bar and restaurant all located on site. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, High Country Sports

Basic hunting equipment including ammunition, camping and fishing supplies and Routt National Forest maps. 491 Main St., Walden, 970-723-4648 Kremmling Mercantile

Groceries, blaze-orange apparel and some camping supplies. 101 Martin Way, Kremmling, 970-724-8979

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Steamboat Springs Region Montgomery’s General Merchandise

Groceries, ammunition, licenses, maps and sporting goods. 24 Main St., Yampa, 970-638-4531,

Powderhorn Cabins

Lodging general store with ice and some fishing and hunting supplies. 35336 Jackson County Road 21, Walden, 970-723-4359 Ski Haus International

North Park Anglers

North Park’s only full-service fly shop sells maps of the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests with a selection of shirts, hats and jackets. 524 Main St., Walden, 970-723-4215,

Camping, hiking and backpacking gear and boots with sleeping bag, pack and tent rentals. Broad selection of maps and guidebooks including USGS quad maps. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385 or 800-932-3019,

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Grocery store with sporting goods section including a variety of camping equipment. 33482 Hwy 125, Walden, 970-723-8211

Liquor, movies and quality fishing, camping and hunting supplies including knives, arrows, ammunition and maps. 107 Main St., Oak Creek, 970-736-2443

Steamboat Flyfisher

Quick-dry apparel, boots and socks and maps along with the shops comprehensive selection of fly-tying equipment and materials. Fifth & Yampa streets, Steamboat, 970-879-6552, Straightline Sports

The oldest fly-fishing guide service and shop in Steamboat also has boots, shoes, maps, knives and camping equipment. Plus, come check out our new bow shop! 744 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat, 970-879-7568 or 800-354-5463, Timberline Builders Supply

Camping equipment and ammunition. 209 N. Main St., Walden, 970-723-4422 Toponas Country General Store

Game processing, cold storage, dry ice, some ammunition, blaze-orange vests and some camping and fishing equipment. Also sells ice, gasoline, diesel fuel, Sports Authority Steamboat Powersports Rifles, shotguns and ammunition, knives, propane and liquor, with ATM on site. Rents ATVs on daily and weekly basis as well 10000 Colo. Hwy 131 Toponas, 970-638-4438 hunting gear and clothes as well as as Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Maps and camping equipment. riding information as well as helmet rentals 705 Martketplace Plaza S. Steamboat, Tri-River Ace and on-site delivery available. 970-871-4570, Ammunition, knives, camping supplies, 2989 Riverside Plaza, Steamboat, 970-879-5138, propane and a full line of Carhartt clothing including jackets and boots.

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Unsupervised, public Colorado Division of Wildlife-managed range open during daylight hours (closed during winter months). Five centerfire 100-, 200- and 300-yard rifle ranges, one 25-yard (.22 cal) rifle range, shotgun (hand traps only — not provided) and pistol range as well as straw bales for archery. Portable toilet and trash dumpster on site. A Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is required

VISITOR INFORMATION Colorado Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office — 455 Emerson Street, Craig, 970-826-5000; Kremmling Field Office — 2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-3000; Glenwood Springs Field Office — 50629 Colo. Hwys 6 and 24, Glenwood Springs, 970-9472800; White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, 970-878-3800; Grand Junction — 2815 H Road, 970-244-3000,, Lakewood Stat Office — 303-239-3600. Colorado Dept. of Transportation 877-315-ROAD, Colorado Division of Wildlife Grand Junction Regional and Area Office — 711 Independent Ave., 970-255-6100 Steamboat Springs — 925 Weiss Dr., 970-870-2197; Hot Sulphur Springs — 346 Grand County Road 362 (west of Byers Canyon), 970-725-6200; Meeker — 73485 Hwy 64, 970-878-6090; Glenwood Springs — 50633 Colo. Hwy 6 and 24, 970-947-2920; Durango — 151 E. 16th St., Durango, CO 81301, 970-247-0855; Gunnison — 300 New York Ave. Gunnison, CO 81230, (970) 641-7060; Montrose — 2300 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401, (970) 252-6000 Colorado Outfitters Association P.O. Box 849, Craig, 970-824-2468, Colorado State Parks Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake State Parks — 61105 RCR 129, Clark, 970-8793922 or 970-879-7019; Stagecoach Stage Park — 25500 RCR 14, 970-736-8342 or 970-736-2436; Oak Creek, 970-736-2436 or 970-736-8342; State Forest State Park — 124 |

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Facilities include clubhouse and trap, skeet, sporting clays, heated indoor .22, outdoor pistol, 25-, 50-, 75-, 100- and to use this range. P.O. Box 216, Hot Sulphur Springs (12 miles 200-yard rifle ranges. Public sight-in days prior to the first three big game rifle east of Kremmling on the north side of seasons (check online club calendar). U.S. Hwy 40), 970-725-6200 (CDOW Hot Annual membership dues cost $75 with Sulphur Springs office) one-time, new-member applications fee of $25. Hayden Shooting Range P.O. Box 773116, Steamboat (two miles west Colorado Division of Wildlife managed of town on U.S. Hwy 40), 970-870-0298, 100-, 200- and 300-yard rifle and pistol range, open to the public, from dawn until dusk year-round. A Colorado Wildlife HabiThree Quarter Circles Sporting Clays tat Stamp is required to use this range. and Driving Range Two miles south of Hayden on Routt County Road 37, 970-870-2197 (CDOW Public twelve-station, two-tower sportSteamboat Springs office) ing clays course by appointment. 26185 U.S. Hwy 40 (six miles west of 56750 Colo. Hwy 14, Walden, 970-7238366; Yampa River State Park — 6185 W. U.S. Hwy 40, Hayden, 970-276-2061, www. parks Info — 970-434-6862; reservations — 800-678-2267.

Craig Sportsman Information Center (Moffat County Visitor’s Center/Craig Chamber of Commerce) 360 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-5689; 800-864-4405,

NOAA’s National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office 792 Eagle Drive, Grand Junction, 970-243-7007,

Dinosaur National Monument 4545 U.S. Hwy 40, Dinosaur, 970-374-3000, Canyon Area Visitor Center,

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service P.O. Box 25486, Lakewood, 303-236-4216,

Hayden Chamber of Commerce 252 West Jefferson, Hayden, 970-819-5918, haydenchamber.asp

U.S. Forest Service Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District — 925 Weiss Dr., Steamboat Springs, 970879-1870; Parks Ranger District —2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-3000 or 100 Main St., Walden, 970-723-8204; Rio Blanco Ranger District — 220 E. Market St., Meeker, 970-878-4039; Rifle Ranger District — 0094 Garfield County Road 244, Rifle, 970-625-2371; Sulphur Ranger District — 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby, 970-8774100; White River National Forest — 900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, 970-9452521; Yampa Ranger District — 300 Roselawn Ave., Yampa, 970-638-4516 U.S. Forest Service Maps 303-275-5350, U.S. Geological Survey (topographical maps) Central Region Offices, Denver Federal Center, W. Sixth Ave., and Kipling St., DFC Building 810, Lakewood, 303-202-4700 or 888-275-8747,

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Steamboat), 970-879-5649 or 970-846-5647, Vail Rod & Gun Club

Open to the public for sporting clays (five stand and 10-station course available) during the summer. 001 Sporting Clay Way, Wolcott (just south of I-70), 970-926-3472, Walden Public Shooting Area

Public Bureau of Land Management range, open year-round, has three benches with range distances of 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards. No trash service. Four miles east of Walden on Jackson County Road 12E, 970-723-4625 Montrose Association of Tourism 1519 East Main Street, Montrose, 970-249-5000, 800-923-5515 Montrose Chamber of Commerce 1519 E Main Street # A, Montrose, Palisade Chamber of Commerce 319 Main Street, P.O. Box 729, Palisade, 970-464-7458 Fax: 970-464-4757, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce 200 Lions Park Circle, Rifle, 970-625-2085 or 800-842-2085,

Meeker Chamber of Commerce 710 Market St., Meeker, 970-878-5510,,

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation PO Box 2984, Grand Junction, 970-200-3003, Colorado/Chapter/Grand+Junction

Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce 209 East Main St., Rangely, 970-675-5290,

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Grand Junction Area Colorado Welcome Center at Fruita 340 Hwy 340, Fruita, 970-858-9335 Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. 301 Main Street, Delta, 970-874-8616 Fax: 970-874-8618 Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce 432 East Aspen Avenue, Fruita, 970-858-3894, Fax: 970-858-3121 Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce 360 Grand Ave, Grand Junction, 970-242-3214, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Center 740 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, 970-244-1480

Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center P.O. Box 471 (203 Park Avenue), Kremmling, 887-573.6654, 970-724.3472;  info@kremmlingchamber. com; North Park Chamber of Commerce 416 Fourth St., Walden, 970-723-4600, Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper 1901 Curve Plaza, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-150,, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association 125 Anglers Dr.,

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