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elcome to the 2015 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in Western Colorado. We’re glad you chose our neck of the woods for your trip — you couldn’t have picked a better place for your hunting vacation. The region offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow, packing your muzzleloader with powder or sighting in your scope. Whatever your big game fancy, whether it’s elk atop Grand Mesa, mule deer in Middle Park or moose near Walden, we hope you make Western Colorado 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.
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That’s when thousands of hunters migrate also, flocking to Grand Junction, Meeker, Rangely, Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Kremmling, Granby and Yampa to hunt some of the largest elk herds in the nation. Whether you fill your tag or not, the real reward comes in hunting one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Colorado Hunter is designed to make your hunt easier, whether you’re a novice hearing your first bugle or a seasoned pro looking for a record trophy. Inside these pages you’ll find tips on what to bring and where to go, information on herd updates, tales from local hunts, reader-submitted photos and a directory listing everything you need for your stay, from outfitters and guides to meat processors and more. We hope you have a great hunt and thanks again for visiting Western Colorado.
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A LETTER FROM COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE By Ron Velarde, NW regional manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
elcome to Colorado. We sincerely appreciate that you chose Colorado as your hunting destination. Keep in mind that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is always available to answer your questions and help you have a great hunt this year. Our state remains one of the premier hunting destinations in the country, and the Northwest Region once again offer tremendous Ron Velarde opportunities for big game hunters this fall CPW Northwest regional manager In this letter is a general overview that can help you plan; however, you must be prepared to adapt your strategies to sudden and drastic changes in weather conditions, road closures and other events that may affect your hunt. Remember, a hunt does not always end with a harvest. Spending time with friends and family in one of the most scenic areas of the country is a reward in and of itself; however, by doing your homework and adapting your strategies as needed, you can significantly increase your chances. There is a significant amount of public land in Northwest Colorado, allowing sportsmen plenty of hunting opportunities. With a good set of maps such as those at www.bit.ly/cohuntingatlas, www.huntdata.com or www.coloradohuntingmaps. com, or by using a GPS unit or even Google Earth, sportsmen can find a variety of hunting areas that will fit their needs. Remember that it is the sportsman’s responsibility to know private land boundaries. Never trespass onto private land. We urge all sportsmen to hunt carefully and legally. This not only helps you remain safe, it protects the species you’re hunting and demonstrates to the public that hunters are ethical and law-abiding. Remember, you are the best ambassador for the sport. During the rifle seasons, all hunters are required to wear 500 square inches of visible fluorescent orange garments (including any head covering), visible from 360 degrees. Placing a camouflage backpack over an orange vest or coat can minimize the visible orange and thus reduces your visibility. Visibility equals safety in the woods. Being 100 percent sure of your target before you shoot is critical and can help you
avoid serious accidents such as shooting the wrong animal, or worse. Always know the laws associated with hunting, including Hunter Education requirements, tagging procedures for a harvested animal and the proper methods of take. A variety of regulation brochures can be found at www.bit.ly/ yourbrochurescpw. Unfortunately, not everyone chooses to be responsible and ethical. If you see a wildlife violation occur, please call Operation Game Thief — a tip line for wildlife violations at 1-877-265-6648. You can find harvest stats, population objectives and general information in our NW Region Hunt Guide. Pick one up at a local CPW office, or download a PDF copy from our website at www.bit.ly/cpwhuntguides. In recent months, the region has received good moisture, leading to better than average forage conditions. Hunters should see healthy big game animals this fall. Elk Elk populations remain healthy and stable, and hunters have a good chance to see a good-sized bull. Population objectives have been met, and although license numbers are less robust than in previous years, some units have seen an increase in licenses to ensure they remain at objective. Keep in mind that Colorado remains the only state that offers an unlimited number of over-the-counter bull elk licenses during second and third rifle seasons, in addition to leftover licenses. Deer Although some areas have seen a slight increase this past year, most deer populations in the northwest remain significantly under objective, with the exception of Middle Park and the Upper Colorado River drainage areas, which remain above objective. For anyone who drew a deer license, plenty of opportunities remain to harvest a nice-sized buck this fall. (To address the decline in our deer herds, CPW engaged the public through various public meetings throughout 2014, letting sportsmen provide feedback and suggestions for addressing the decline. This led to the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy, a multi-faceted effort to stabilize the drop in the population. For more information, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/ Pages/CO-WestSlopeMuleDeerStrategySummit.aspx.) Pronghorn antelope 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 on the Western Slope. Black bear Our bear populations have been growing, and there are more license opportunities now than ever before. Just keep in mind that hunting bear takes plenty of patience and some luck. Doing your homework should increase your chance of success. Keep in mind that a professional and friendly district wildlife manager manages every GMU. They are the experts and a great source of information. Feel free to ask them questions about the area you are hunting, regulations or anything else that can help make your hunt more enjoyable. To find the office nearest you, visit www. bit.ly/contactcpw. Finally, remember to have fun during your hunt. Enjoying the outdoors can be a great experience for an individual or a group and spending time with friends and family can provide memories that will last a lifetime. Northwest Colorado provides some of the most spectacular views and scenery anywhere in the country, and we wish you luck and hope you have a great hunt this year.
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SHORTSHOTS JACK CASSIDY
40-YEAR OUTFITTER GETS SCI’S 2015 PRO HUNTER AWARD PHOTO BY DEAN HUMPHREY
By Dave Buchanan
fter nearly 40 years in the outfitting business, big-game outfitter Jack Cassidy of Loma may have seen just about everything. An original member and the first president of the Colorado Outfitters Association, Cassidy and his guides have hosted hunters from around the world while pursuing almost every huntable wildlife species in Colorado. As you’d expect, Cassidy has enough tales (ask him about riding a center pivot while archery hunting for elk) to fill more than one book. But one story will now likely top all the others. In February in Las Vegas, Cassidy was honored with Safari Club International’s North American Professional Hunter Award for 2015. This award, and its counterpart, the Commercial Hunter Award, are highly coveted awards because the prize honors professional hunters acknowledged by their peers and clients to be tops in their field. This is the first time, Cassidy says, that anyone from Colorado has won this award, even though Colorado outfitters are among the best in the business. “I’ve been doing this a long time, but I never thought I’d see the day I would get this award,” Cassidy says. “I didn’t think anyone from Colorado would win it.” It helps to have longevity in what is a difficult business, but as well as involvement with the hunting community and Safari Club. Cassidy, owner of Jack Cassidy Colorado Hunts, has been a longtime supporter of Safari Club, and he was especially praised for his involvement in the SCI Sensory Safari, a program designed to allow disabled children to experience the sights, sounds and sensations of wildgame animals. “The first time I participated was at the Safari Club convention in Detroit,” Cassidy says. “I was in charge of the elk demonstration, and when those buses pulled up, here came the kids — some blind, some in wheelchairs, some being helped by sponsors. “So a little girl wheeled up to me and ran her hands all over the elk mount, feeling its ears, nose and hide. I was supposed to bugle, to let her know what an elk sounded like, but I was crying so hard I couldn’t make a sound. I figured if that was the kind of outfit SCI was, I’d get involved for life. And I have.” Cassidy says much has changed in the 35 years he’s been outfitting, but the thrill of the hunt remains as strong as ever.
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Jack Cassidy won the Professional Hunter of the Year award from Safari Club International.
“I’m 78, and I’m slowing down a bit, but I still love chasing wild animals,” he says. “I’d hate to be starting out in the business today; it’s so damn expensive. But I wouldn’t trade my time for anything.”
TWO HUNTERS Two hunters were dragging their dead deer back to their car. Another hunter approached pulling his. “Hey, I don’t want to tell you how to do something...but it’s much easier if you drag the deer in the other direction. Then the antlers won’t dig into the ground.” After the third hunter left, the two decided to try it. A while later one said to the other, “You know, that guy was right. This is a lot easier!” “Yeah, but we’re getting farther from the truck,” the other said.
WHAT THEY WEAR
By Eugene Buchanan
BOB BRASSELL At 62, Bob Brassell has been muzzleloading since he first moved to Steamboat Springs from Santa Fe, New Mexico, 37 years ago. A gunsmith at Elk River Guns, he’s bagged nine elk with his vintage-era muzzleloader and a similar number of deer. He’s also used it to bring down pronghorn and even a moose. He also has more medals than you can count from local International Muzzleloading Biathlon competitions, which he’s co-organized in Steamboat for nearly 25 years. While he also rifle and bow hunts, if he had his druthers he’d pack his own powder any day. “I love it,” he says, noting that the pictured traditional garb isn’t what he hunts in today. “It’s a great time of year because it’s not as cold, and you see way fewer people. Plus, the animals are less disturbed and it’s easier to get close. My average shot is about 40 yards.”
Bandana 5 “This works great for everything, from serving as a sun shield to getting blood off my hands and washing my face and dishes. You can also use it as a bandage. “
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Linen shirt 6 “This is a replica period shirt from the late 1700s. It has elk ivories for decoration and pleated arms for easy movement. That’s how they made them back then.”
Knife 1 “Most mountain men were after fur, so they use this for skinning. It’s a Remington 41010, and I’ve had it for 25 years. I found the sheath at a gun show, then went out and found a knife that fit it.” Flint lock 2 “This is a replica of an early model Hawken that I custom built. It’s 54 caliber and shoots a round lead ball as ammo. It took about two years to build in my spare time and I finished it about 10 years ago.” Wool Capote 3 “They made the original ones out of Hudson Bay blankets, but those are too expensive to cut up so my wife and I made this one by cutting up an old wool blanket. You’ll see a lot of these if you go to a buckskinning event.”
Hat 4 “I bought this at the online store Track of the Wolf. The medal hanging from it is a first-place award from a muzzleloading biathlon event. I don’t know what year it’s from. I have a chest full of them.”
Powder horn 7 “Many of these today are made out of metal, but I made this one out of a steer horn because it’s cheaper. It’s a dry container to carry your powder. In the frontier days, they used horns because of their durability and accessibility. Some of their scrimshaw is an important part of early American folk art.” Possibles bag 8 “They use this to carry ammo and anything else you’d need on the trail, from knives and firestarter to gloves and more. Also inside is a wooden loading block, otherwise known as a speed loader or ‘mountain man high capacity magazine,’ cleaning equipment, powder measure and gear for clearing misfires. This one’s made from brain-tanned leather. My wife gave it to me 30 years ago.”
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BRENDAN DORAN A hunting guide, ski instructor and local rancher,
2-piece jacket/pants 1 “I got this Columbia package 25 years ago. It’s a size or two big so I can add layers when it’s cold. It’s not lined and is made from washable wool, though I only wash it at the end of each season. It then gets put away in a giant ziplock bag filled with sage brush so it smells like where we hunt.”
Silk scarf 7 “I use this because you lose a lot of heat out of your collar and neck. Plus, it’s easy to remove if you get hot, and you can use it for first aid.”
Watch 8 “This is a simple waterproof Luminox watch, but it glows in the dark, which is great. You can see it easily.” 4
Gloves 9 “These are basic Kinko and they’re warm and comfortable. I buy them two sizes too big so I can throw them off easily to shoot. I don’t like to shoot a gun with anything on my hands.”
Pack 10 “This is a camo CamelBak day pack that carries 100 ounces of water. I’ve had it for 10 years. I use it to carry a small first aid kit, tools and supplies if I have to stay out the night like fire starter, a space blanket and head lamp. It always amazes me how many people don’t bring headlamps. Another key ingredient is surveyor’s tape so you can mark where you’ve been.”
Gun 3 “This is a Browning A-Bolt 7mm caliber with a 4.5x14 Zeiss scope. It was handed down to me in my family, and I’ve had it for over 20 years. It’s a great gun.” Ammo 4 “I shoot 139-grain Hornady SST ammo. It’s the lightest bullet they make. It shoots farther and faster with less drop for the long-range shots we get in Colorado. When guiding, I always see too many people show up with heavier bullets that don’t work as well out here.” Boots 5 “These are simple, size 11 Danner Elk Hunter boots, with 400 grams of Thinsulite insulation, which keeps them warm. I only wear them during hunting season, and they’re 25 years old. The leather laces are the only ones I had.”
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THREE’S COMPANY A duck, a skunk and a deer went out for dinner at a restaurant one night. When it came time to pay, the skunk didn’t have a scent, the deer didn’t have a buck, so they put the meal on the duck’s bill.
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Brendan Doran, 36, jumped into hunting as easily as he did ski jumping, which he represented the U.S. in at both the 1998 and 2002 Olympics. As gifted on skis as he is sighting in a scope, he’s been hunting since he was a child roaming the hills of Routt County and knows the area woods as well as anyone. “There aren’t a lot of places in the world where you can go out and see as many species as you can here.”
Binos 2 “These are Leopolds, with 10x32 magnification. They’re a little on the compact side but still powerful. I got them from Craig Sports 15 years ago, and they’ve worked great ever since.”
Hat 6 “This one is a Stormy Kromer. It’s made from wool and is super warm. The original design came from the wife of a semi-pro baseball player-turned railroad engineer named George Kromer. She put ties on the ear flaps over the forehead so it wouldn’t blow off on the train. It’s my second one. I had one just like it that I wore since I was 13 until a DOW officer said the orange was too faded to wear anymore.”
BILL VAN NESS Bill Van Ness grew up on a corn and tomato farm in the East and began archery hunting when he was 12. He killed his first deer when he was 13 and says “it’s been stirring my soul ever since.” Moving to Steamboat Springs 20 years ago, he’s bowhunted for every big game species Colorado has to offer, harvesting elk, mule deer, bear, mountain lion, antelope, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Still on the list, he says, are moose, whitetail deer and desert bighorn. “Archery hunting gets me close to the primal root of our existence,” he says. “And it’s a fantastic time of year to be in the mountains.” Hat 1 “This is a simple merino wool hat from Sitka Gear. I like it because it wicks moisture really well and is super warm.”
Pack 2 “This is a Flash 32, also from Sitka. It’s my go-to pack for day hunts and carries everything I need, from survival gear to bone saws. If I get an elk down, I can haul the first quarter out of the woods with it.” Binos 3 “The ones around my neck are Swarovski 10x42s. I’ve had them for eight years, and they’re great, European quality. It’s the one piece of gear I treat like a child. The ones on the tripod are a Vortex Kaibab 15x56. I’ve had them for three years, and they work great for picking a hillside apart from as far as three-quarters of a mile.”
Tripod 4 “You need a tripod to get the full high power benefit of your binos. Otherwise, subtle shaking makes the extra power useless. This one is a high-quality tripod from Davis and Sanford, which you can find at a camera store. I used it with my 15-power binos last fall to take a great photo of a bull elk that was easily a mile away.” Two-piece camo suit 5 “I got this from Gore-tex’s Sitka Gear and love it. It’s made from their quick-dry Windstopper material. Its Optifade Open Country camo pattern is scientifically designed around how ungulates view the world. It actually tricks their eyes into not viewing the hunter as a predator. It’s designed for engagement at 35 meters and beyond, which is optimal for our region’s spot and stalk hunting. It’s also impregnated with Polygiene, which prevents the growth of odorcausing bacteria.” Boots 6 “I go pretty simple. These are Salomon Goretex winter running shoes. They’re lightweight and comfortable. They also let you feel the terrain really well. I’m not a big fan of heavy boots.” 20 | visit www.coHunter.com for more
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Bow 7 “This is a Hoyt compound Nitrum Turbo. I just got it, and it performs flawlessly. It’s designed for super smooth shooting while also shooting very fast. It has a 350-foot-per-second IBO. It’s good for everything from rabbits to moose.”
Arrows 8 “These are Eastons and known as a full metal jacket. They have a carbon middle with aluminum casing outside for stiffness. They also have a super small diameter. I practice with them out to 100 yards, which makes that 40-yard shot seem easier.”
Flash gaiters 9 “I never wore gaiters until a few years ago, but these are great. They’re about 6 inches high, zip up and keep sticks and other debris out. They’re also made from a type of silent canvas so animals can’t hear your legs rubbing together.”
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015 Youth hunting Two regulation changes affect youth hunting this year, expanding youth opportunity to hunt. First, youths get at least 15 percent of the limited licenses in every GMU for doe pronghorn, antlerless and eithersex deer and antler-less elk. This includes all methods of take and all seasons, including early and late rifle seasons. Youths also no longer have to wait to hunt during a late season. Youths may purchase their original tag to hunt deer or elk; if the season on their license ends and they haven’t harvested an animal, they can still hunt in expanded areas during any of the rifle seasons. Landowner voucher program All previous versions of landowner preference have been replaced with the new Landowner Preference Program. All landowners and hunters using vouchers must follow the new statutes and regulations. Licenses CPW is holding separate on-sale days this year so plan ahead. Over-the-counter and over-the-counter with caps licenses go on sale at 9 a.m. July 21. Leftover licenses go on sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 and at midnight Aug. 5 online. Deer Boundaries for select private-land archery hunts in unit 41 have been expanded. New hunts have been added for does in units 55 and 551, as well as a new fourth-rifle buck hunt in unit 201 and more fourthrifle buck season licenses available in Gunnison Basin units. Archery accessories Archers may now use lighted nocks on arrows,
which can help aid in recovery of game animals. New rules are also in place that allow recording devices to be mounted on a bow. Williams Fork The Ranching For Wildlife program at Williams Fork Ranch has ended. Hunts are no longer available through this program. Antlers New restrictions are in place for collecting shed antlers certain times of the year. This helps minimize disturbance of animals on their winter range in the Eagle and Roaring Fork valleys. Dog retrieval Regulations are in development to allow hunters to retrieve some wounded animals with dogs. This is anticipated to go into effect before the 2015 big-game hunting season. Pronghorn muzzleloading To be consistent with other species dates, the pronghorn muzzleloader season has been moved to Sept. 21 to 29. New moose units Bull moose hunts in units 44 and 45 in the Eagle River watershed and cow hunts in the southwest units of 66 and 67 are among the new moose hunts available this year. Bear/concurrent rifle season There are numerous changes to how and when you can hunt bear during rifle elk and deer seasons. New rules expand your time in the field and the ability to harvest a bear. The archery season has also been extended to Sept. 30 to increase hunter success. Maps The U.S. Forest Service and BLM have combined their map center into one location at the Public Maps Information Center, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215; 303-239-3600, www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/ recreation/?cid=stelprd3794715. Muzzleloading ■ Deer/Elk/Moose — Sept. 12 to 20 ■ Black Bear (over-the-counter with caps) — Sept. 12 to 20 ■ Pronghorn — Sept. 21 to 29
Archery ■ Deer/Elk — Aug. 29 to Sept. 27 ■ Pronghorn; bucks only — Aug. 15 to 31 ■ Pronghorn; either sex —Sept. 1 to 20 Rifle ■ Black Bear (over-the-counter with caps) — Sept. 2 to 30 ■ Black Bear; limited (by draw) — Sept. 2 to 30 ■ Moose — Sept. 12 to 27 ■ Moose — Oct. 1 to 14
hat’s new for hunting in western Colorado this year? Plenty, affecting everything from license sales to youth hunting options. We checked in with Colorado Parks & Wildlife for changes to put on your radar.
2015 LICENSE FEES ($10 2015 Habitat Stamp required) Subtract $3 for over-the-counter Deer — Draw (limited) ■ Resident — $34 ■ Youth resident — $13.75 ■ Non-resident (with fishing) — $364 ■ Youth non-resident (with fishing) — $103.75 Elk — Draw (limited) ■ Resident — $49 ■ Youth resident — $13.75 ■ Non-resident bull/either sex (with fishing) — $619 ■ Non-resident cow (with fishing) — $461 ■ Non-resident either sex — $616 ■ Youth non-resident (with fishing) — $100.75 Pronghorn —Draw (limited) ■ Resident — $34 ■ Youth resident — $13.75 ■ Non-resident — $374 ■ Youth non-resident — $103.75
Bear — Draw (limited) ■ Resident — $44 ■ Non-resident — $354 Moose — Draw (limited) ■ Resident — $254 ■ Non-resident — $2,064
*Non-resident fishing licenses are good through March 31, 2016. Prices include a 25-cent searchand-rescue fee, a 75-cent surcharge for the Wildlife Management Education Fund and a $3 application fee for limited licenses applied for in the draw.
Pronghorn; draw — Oct. 3 to 9 Limited Elk; first season — Oct. 10 to 14 ■ Deer/Elk; second season — Oct. 17 to 25 ■ Deer/Elk; third season — Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 ■ Deer/Elk; fourth season — Nov. 11 to 15 ■ Black Bear (over-the-counter with caps) — concurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons ■ ■
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WET SPRING INFLUENCES HEALTHY HERDS, BUT LIMITED VISIBILITY
By Eugene Buchanan
s recently as last April, hunters were facing the possibility of a severe drought affecting this year’s game populations. What a difference a month can make. In May, Northwest Colorado, from the rolling plains of Grand Junction to the mountains of Steamboat Springs and Middle Park, experienced record rainfall, boosting area snowpack and foraging opportunities for game. “The weather is always the big unknown when it comes to how animals fare,” says Brad Petch, CPW’s northwest senior wildlife biologist. “Hard winters have a much more dramatic effect on populations than drought does. Without this year’s rains in May, area herds would’ve been in big drought conditions.” This year’s weather pattern was as far-reaching as any he has seen, spelling similar conditions throughout Northwest Colorado. “This was as general a weather pattern as we’ve seen in recent years, from a low snowfall winter to a wet spring,” Petch says. “Everything north of Interstate 70 looks pretty homogenous in terms of the good news.” But what does all this early moisture mean for hunters, apart from healthy herds? For one, even though there may be more animals, they’ll likely be harder to spot.
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“There is a lot of forage making for healthy herds, but the visibility may not be as good this year,” Petch says. “It’s going to be hard to see game this year, especially if they’re bedded down. The foliage is pretty high.” Petch adds that this will affect everyone from archers looking for a close shot to rifle hunters sighting in at longer distances. “It’s going to decrease the ability to sight animals in at long distance,” Petch says. “Animals will be able to bed down and hide this year pretty easily.” Grand Junction area wildlife manager JT Romatzke adds that all that growth, with its knee-high grasses and verdant shrubs, will likely spread the animals out instead of consolidating them in certain locations, also making it hard on hunters. “There’s lots of forage, which means great opportunities for hunters,” he says. “But at the same time, it might also be a bit tougher for folks because those animals will be scattered all over the place.” CPW Southwest Region terrestrial biologist Scott Wait agrees, but adds there’s a bright side to the harder hunting as well. “There is certainly a lot of forage, so elk and deer will be scattered everywhere, making hunting difficult,” he says. “But they should be in great condition.”
Two skunks observed a deer hunter sneaking through the woods with a rifle. “I hope he’s not going to shoot at us,” said one skunk. The second skunk bowed his head and said, “Let us spray.”
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BEGINNER’S LUCK CRAIG YOUTH CLAIM FIRST BUCKS
By Andy Bockelman
unting has been a way of life for 12-year-olds Tiana Nichols and Blake Juergens for quite some time, even before they were allowed to register for the sport. In their first year being able to fully enjoy the pastime, they nailed it. Nichols and Juergens both harvested their first deer during last year’s second season, and neither had to travel too far to do so. For Nichols, the experience was on the property of some family friends in rural Moffat County, in a spot that was well stocked with hoofed residents, much to the delight of her and her father, Gary. “By the time we got to the blind, there was already a deer coming into the field,” she says. Although there were some nerves involved, she downed the 4x4 buck easily, having notched plenty of shooting proficiency growing up in a hunting family, eagerly awaiting the day when she would be able to pull the trigger. For Juergens, the site was at Trapper Mine. She was
able to get on the land thanks to his grandfather’s former employment there. “It has wide options,” he says. “You know where to find does or big bucks, and we have a little secret area where we go.” Juergens claimed his own kill, a 6x6 buck, at the location. “I’m probably never going to get one that big the rest of my life,” he adds. Both Nichols and Juergens said this will hopefully be the first of many trophy animals they see, coming to appreciate the importance of the timing involved in hunting, the early rising, and above all, the patience it can take. “You can’t go to the deer, you’ve gotta have them come to you,” Juergens says. Top: Blake Juergens, 12, proudly displays a buck he downed during a family hunting trip in October. Juergens claimed the animal near Trapper Mine as part of his first time as an official hunter. Bottom: Tiana Nichols, 12, holds her buck up by the antlers during a hunting trip in late October. Nichols claimed her first kill as a first time registered hunter.
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unting big game isn’t just for the guys anymore. “There are definitely more women hunters these days,” says Kathleen Tadvick, education director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s northwest region. “It
hasn’t always been a tradition to bring women along. If they were invited, oftentimes it was expected for them to stay in camp.” According to CPW, more than 2,500 of 2013’s 31,600 resident rifle elk hunters were women. The largest demographic for them was in the 26 to 35 age group with 673, followed by 537 female hunters in the 36 to
45 age group. To help further attract female hunters, CPW offers several female-specific education opportunities. Its Mesa County Cast and Blast workshop teaches women about fly-fishing and shotgun shooting. At this year’s program, several women say they found it a refreshing learning opportunity. “It was a lot more accurate being taught by a woman,” Grand Junction’s Chris Erwin says. During the seminar, Tadvick taught attendees how to find their dominant eye for shooting and how to size a gun properly. She also told them to utilize their hips when shooting. “We have these hips for a reason,” Tadvick told them. “Use them.” Tadvick says the women-only workshops are popular because attendees bond. “Women love to take the course with other women, instead of having their husbands or significant others here,” Tadvick says. “They can just learn, then go back confidently and give it a try.” Attendee Donna Aubert says she has been shooting guns while working on area ranches for years, but at the women-led shooting seminar, she learned even more. “My stance was completely wrong before,” she says. “They also showed me how to fit a gun for me. I always had guys just hand me one, and it was the wrong size.” Participant Mary Lou Wetherstein also says the seminar was worth it. “It was very eye-opening and educational,” she says. “It was comfortable because we were all women trying to learn together.” Making women more comfortable in the hunting environment was the focus, Tadvick says. “More couples are getting out hunting,” she says. “It’s become a generational change.” Even though the Cast and Blast features shotgun shooting, it still educates women about safely using guns. And Tadvick is excited to see more women experiencing the outdoors. “To enjoy hunting,” she says, “means they’re getting out there and enjoying wildlife in general.”
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he Celtics vs. the Lakers. The Appalachians vs. the Rockies. The Atlantic vs. the Pacific. There are a lot of differences between back East and out West. Following are a few of the differences when it comes to hunting in the Centennial State. Counting antlers It’s a little different than it is back East. In Colorado, a deer or elk with four points on each antler is a four-point, says Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteer manager Windi Padia, whereas the same animal would be called an eight-point in the East. It’s also standard practice back East to count the brow tines in the total number of points, whereas in Colorado they’re typically not counted on deer but on elk. Open space With 23 million acres of public lands and the largest elk herds in North America, there’s more room to roam and more game to hunt. Colorado also has 30 state parks that offer hunting. “There’s just a lot more opportunity here,” says CPW public information officer Mike Porras. Over-the-counter bulls Hunt in Colorado and you can get an over-the-counter bull elk license, which lets out-of-state hunters immediately buy a license to hunt bull elk during the second and third rifle seasons. “No other state in the country does that,” Porras says. Diversity Besides elk, Colorado is home to mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, moose, turkeys, bears and mountain lions, as well as many other small game and birds available to hunters. “The choice hunters have here compared to other states is huge,” Padia says. “It’s just a matter of picking when and where you want to go.” Prized units Colorado has certain prized units that require decades worth of preference points to draw a tag. “For many, drawing a license in some of the limited units is the Holy Grail,” Padia says. Elevation You’re not in Kansas, or even Georgia, any more. Hunting in Western Colorado means you’re usually a mile and a half high in elevation, if not more, so plan accordingly. Drink plenty of water, rest often and don’t go too high too quickly.
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hile you’ll hear the boom of firearms in area hills this hunting season, business at one local company is booming for products that help hunters grip their guns. Steamboat Springs-based TALON Grips targets everyone from hunters to law enforcement officers and other gun users who desire enhanced grip for their firearms, and sales are quickly gaining the traction of its products. “We never could have imagined it would grow so quickly,” says company President Mike Morris. The company got its start when a boat sheriff on Lake Powell noted that sweaty hands made for slippery firearms. So he decided to improve his gun’s traction by covering it with the grip tape often used on skateboards. The singlepiece wraparound adhesive design has now blossomed into a business offering 126 different gun model grips in two textures, with 75 U.S. retailers and three international distributors. TALON Grips ships its products all over the world, with customers, many of them hunters, able to install the grips themselves in just minutes. “Hunters are our core customers,” says TALON marketing director Adam Spector. “They know the benefits of a positive grip on a firearm. When hunting, especially out here in the Rocky Mountains, you’re exposed to adverse conditions, which is where our grips really shine.” As well as providing grips for hunters, the company also supplies gun grips for law enforcement and the military, as well as competitive and recreational shooters. Morris, who spent six years in the U.S. Army Reserves while finishing school, says he owes it all to his employees, a wide-ranging consultant team and the perfect location to base such a business. “Northwest Colorado is our home,” says Morris. “We’d much rather live in the mountains than anywhere else. The mountain lifestyle, opportunities to raise a family and friends and community are hard to beat.”
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sssh! Here’s one of Colorado’s best kept hunting secrets. For residents seeking to avoid the expense of guides, outfitters or access fees, more than a million acres of prime private wildlife habitat is open to the public on a limited basis under the state’s Ranching for Wildlife program. Licenses for these private land hunts, available only to residents, cost the same as any public land hunting license. But this makes them popular and hard to get. Trophy hunters have to wait years to get enough preference points—up to 15 for a bull elk or a buck deer on some ranches. Doe and cow elk hunters need fewer points but are subject to the luck of the draw. Hunters seeking licenses to hunt on a Ranching for Wildlife property must plan ahead, since these licenses are available only through the big game license draw. The payoff is quality hunting on a private ranch with a 65 to 95 percent success rate. Initiated in 1985, Ranching for Wildlife is limited to ranches with at least 12,000 contiguous acres that contain a significant number of species for which licenses can be drawn—elk, deer, pronghorn, bear, turkey, moose and bighorn sheep. The program now encompasses more than 24 ranches. Participating landowners must have an acceptable management plan to improve wildlife habitat on their properties. Some ranches make special contributions to managing threatened and endangered species. Others have dedicated significant perpetual conservation easements. Many provide youth hunting opportunities, special public seasons, and they offer exceptional services to public hunters. All ranches must provide free public access to hunters who draw a limited license for the property. Case in point: Wolf Mountain Ranch, a 25,000acre working ranch north of Hayden offering some of Northwest Colorado’s most pristine hunting acreage. In 2009, the ranch teamed up with CPW’s Ranching for Wildlife program through Vanatta Outfitters. 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. The number of licenses issued on these ranches and the season dates are determined through negotiations between the landowner and CPW, with 10 to 20 percent of the male licenses and 100 percent of the female licenses allocated to the public. In return, landowners receive 80 to 90 percent of the male licenses issued for their properties, for which they can charge hunters fees to access the land. They also are allowed up to 90 days to hold their hunts. Both the public and the private seasons can start earlier and run later in the year than regular rifle seasons. Ranching for Wildlife coordinator Jerry Apker says some ranches with resident herds manage their big game populations to increase the age and size of their animals, offering true trophy hunts. Other ranches simply play host to migrating herds usually under little hunting pressure. “An advantage is that we get a female animal harvest on private land where without Ranching for Wildlife we probably wouldn’t get much at all,” says Apker. “That helps us meet our management objectives.” Licenses issued for these ranches can only be used on the specified ranch. The public hunters are given the same access to the private property as those who
SHORT SEASON On the first day of the deer hunting season, a hunter fell out of a deer stand and broke both his legs. “Why couldn’t this happen on my last day of hunting?!” the hunter cried to the doctor. “It did,” the doctor replied.
pay a fee. Wildlife managers and the landowners, however, often work out additional conditions to spread hunting pressure and to relieve concerns about security and liability. “Hunting on these ranches is a privilege, and public hunters need to respect the ranch rules for hunting,” Apker says. “That means closing gates, safeguarding livestock and sticking to designated hunting areas. Above all, public hunters should never forget that they’re hunting for a fraction of the fee they’d pay as a private hunting guest. Their behavior may determine whether the landowner stays in the program.” Successful applicants receive information on ranch rules well before their hunts. Each hunter is usually allowed to bring one non-hunting companion. Each must sign a liability release and check in and check out with the landowner. Hunters may have to camp on adjoining public land or secure lodging in the nearest town. More than 3,000 Ranching for Wildlife licenses are available each year, with most recipients maintaining it’s well worth the wait. The Ranching for Wildlife website (cpw/state.co.us/bg/rfw) lists the number of public licenses issued per ranch, the number of preference points needed and hunter success rates for the previous year.
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THE VANATTA BROTHERS SHORTSHOTS
LONGTIME GUIDES ARE HUNTERS TO THE CORE
By Teresa Ristow
unting has been a family affair for Steamboat brothers Lonny and Dirk Vanatta since childhood, and they’ve made a business out of the sport for nearly 30 years, guiding for Vanatta Outfitters in Routt County. Owner and guide Lonny, 58, and his younger brother and fellow guide Dirk, 46, spend two-and-ahalf months every fall leading back-to-back hunting trips on a 25,000-acre ranch north of Hayden. Their priorities don’t change in the offseason, when the brothers spruce up their hunting camps, gather shed antlers and squeeze in a little time to hunt for pleasure.
“It seems like that’s about all we do,” says Lonny. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” We caught up with them in a rare moment between scouting, scoping and skinning. Colorado Hunter: What was it like growing up in Northwest Colorado? Dirk Vanatta: We were both born and raised in Steamboat, and I just like the small town atmosphere, where everyone knows everyone. Lonny Vanatta: Our grandparents grew up just outside of town, but we grew up right in Steamboat, and we both just love the outdoors. We both grew up hunting and fishing, and it’s a great town to enjoy that in.
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CH: How did you get started hunting? LV: We grew up hunting with our dad and family and friends, and it was pretty much a way of life when we were young. We set up camps with friends and family, and we all hunted together. It continued to be a part of our lives as we grew up and still is. DV: We’re the only two brothers, but I think we’re more into hunting now than any other family members. We grew up hunting grouse and small game together, and as we got older, we got more big animals. CH: What are your hunting trips like? LV: We spend all fall on big game hunts. We usually have two hunters per guide and about eight hunters
per week. We get a variety of people, some bringing their boys, on up to 80-yearolds. On most trips, the two of us are out there together. DV: A lot of people are on their first elk hunts, but some have been hunting for years. And we become lifelong friends with some of them. I’ve also taken my 13-year-old daughter Jordan hunting. She got her first elk last year with one shot.
CH: Any brotherly competition when you’re out hunting together? DV: No, not really. LV: All of our guides are really helpful toward each other, so there’s no competition at all. Everyone shares information. We want our hunters to succeed. We’re all after the biggest trophy we can find, but there’s no competition at all, which isn’t necessarily true with every family or company out there. DV: But there’s always something to be learned from one another, even after 30 years. CH: What else do you like to do together? DV: We like to go out shed antler hunting in the spring. Then, we make a big pile in the garage. LV: It’s fun. We also spend a lot of time working on our hunting camp in the summertime. CH: What’s your most memorable hunt together? LV: Some of our really memorable trips have been hunting some of the trophy areas in Brown’s Park. We definitely like hunting for trophies more than we do younger animals. Those trips are always pretty special for us. We have a lot of long days, and we work hard, but when we get into the woods and hear that first elk bugle in the morning, it makes our job all worth it. We like it during the rut, when the fall leaves are turning. It’s just a special time to be outdoors and in the woods. DV: My favorite trips have been in September — my favorite month of the year. It’s not only because of the colors, but the elk are bugling, and I never get tired of that sound.
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f you’re hunting in western Colorado, know that local hunting associations are in good standing. Safari Club International’s Yampa Valley Chapter was recently recognized as
2014 Chapter of the Year at Safari Club’s annual convention in Las Vegas.
the project, which has been part of their work nearly every year since its inception seven years ago. “The rewarding part is how they get themselves addressed to the real world again and the injuries they overcome,” says club President Karl Huntsman, who adds that the club brought in around $20,000 at its most recent annual fundraiser.
The local contingency of the club was singled out as being exemplary among
Besides the guided hunts, the chapter also supports the local 4-H Club and helps
chapters with a membership of 25 to 50 people, but that wasn’t its only honor. A
put together events like the summer Cast n’ Blast and the Lorna Farrow Memorial
certificate of appreciation from SCI and the Armed Forces was in store for Yampa
Shoot in Steamboat Springs. Board member Scott Moore says he’d also like to see
Valley Chapter’s project of providing guided hunts for disabled veterans.
the organization branch out and work with groups like Colorado Department of
Group members most recently aided in the process of guided hunts during the 2014 antelope season. The chapter received the same honor the year before for
Wildlife and the Mule Deer Foundation to achieve the Safari Club goals. “We can join together and accomplish something on a bigger scale,” he says.
BOW SIGNAL Two hunters decide to separate to increase their chances. “What if we get lost?” says one. “Fire three shots up in the air, every hour on the hour,” says the other. “I saw it on TV.” Sure enough, one of the hunters gets lost, so he fires three shots up into the air every hour on the hour. The next day the other hunter finds his friend with the help of the ranger. “Did you do what I said?” he asked. “Yes, but then I ran out of arrows.”
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By Ben Ingersoll As a lifelong hunter, Roy Bennett is used to waiting with a gun in hand. But at 93, the World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor from Texas was getting understandably anxious last fall. Roy and his son Ken Bennett, 65, have made the trip to Colorado to hunt many times, scouring land in California Park north of Hayden and areas outside of Kremmling. But on this particular weekend, Roy was getting some special treatment. Roy is a member of Outdoor Buddies, a 30-year-old nonprofit based in Colorado that provides therapeutic recreational opportunities to disabled individuals and youth from across the country. Paired up with Outdoor Buddies’ President Larry Sanford, Roy and Ken were
able to hunt on Twentymile Coal Mine’s private land southwest of Steamboat Springs. But unseasonable weather was making conditions finicky. A herd of about 50 elk had passed by, but its few bulls were too far away to get a shot off. Then luck turned in Roy’s favor. “We went around a hill and all of a sudden there were four elk with two bulls,” Ken says. “From about 150 yards out, my dad hit the bull’s high shoulder. You couldn’t have had a happier 93-year-old.” Roy’s grin is the foundation on which Outdoor Buddies was built three decades ago. It started as a project launched by representatives at Craig Hospital in Denver in conjunction with the Division of Wildlife as a way to give patients suffering from brain and spinal chord injuries a chance to return to the outdoors and
PHOTO COURTESY OF OUTDOOR BUDDIES Outdoor Buddies President Larry Sanford, left, helps member hunter Sam Lomen of California line up a shot on a bull elk near Twentymile Coal Mine. The three-decade-old nonprofit helps disabled hunters fulfill their outdoor dreams by setting up buddy hunts.
HELPING THE DISABLED FULFILL THEIR HUNTING DREAMS “You couldn’t have had a happier 93-year-old.” — Ken Bennett get out of bed and escape wheelchair confinement. Current Executive Director Dwaine Robey took the reins in the late 1990s, and the organization blossomed. It started when Robey’s lifelong friend became paralyzed from the chin down. Robey saw a need for his close friend to find a reason to rekindle what he had lost in his accident. “I told him, ‘It looks like you could do some more hunting,’” Robey says. “It gave him a reason to live.” While Roy is confined to hunt from a vehicle, last fall’s hunt was a memory of a lifetime. “There are very few people or organizations who would make each individual hunt a memory like this for the disabled,” says Ken. “My dad could not express what lengths Outdoor Buddies did to fulfill his dream.” There are nearly 800 other members just like Ken hailing from 39 states that Outdoor Buddies serves. Of those, two-thirds are disabled members, and the other third is made up of able-bodied guides who assist on the private-land hunts like Sanford and Robey did with Roy. The organization constantly looks for businesses and individuals that are willing to let hunters and guides conduct trips on their land, like Twentymile Coal Mine has done for about two decades. When Outdoor Buddies opens a new round of hunting trip applications, most of the equipment comes with the adventure, including three available special wheelchairs equipped to tackle woodsy areas. The donated chairs are valued at $11,000 to $16,000 apiece, and membership is a few online clicks away. “It’s really easy to become a member,” Robey says. “We don’t have any fees. Anyone can register as a member.” Once someone becomes a member, they can apply for the Colorado hunting trips, something Ken insists — after seeing his father light up at the sight of his perfect kill — will last forever. “This organization is just unreal,” he says. “The difference they make in the lives of those disabled like my dad, a war hero, the time they dedicate with their funds, the community doesn’t understand how much they mean.”
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NOVICE YOUTH GET CHANCE TO TURKEY HUNT By Andy Bockelman
outh in Colorado are getting to have turkey more than just at Thanksgiving. In what is now an established tradition in Northwest Colorado, local Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers and area landowners joined together this spring to give young novices a few memories that will last a lifetime — a three-day, high-quality turkey hunt on private land with education and mentoring provided by experienced wildlife officers. Three kids and their families were awarded the chance in Meeker, and for the second year, two kids and their families in Craig. “We’ve been offering this opportunity for several years, and my fellow officers and I have loved every minute of it,” says hunt organizer District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin of Meeker. “It’s very rewarding to give a kid an experience like this.” As part of CPW’s statewide Hunter Outreach program, the annual turkey hunts brings skilled mentors together with inexperienced youth —
under 18 with a valid Hunter Education card — who want to learn and participate but do not have someone to teach them the skills necessary for a safe and successful hunt. The lucky youths selected for this year’s Meeker hunt were Charlie Day, 14, of Meeker, Kathryn Walsh, 13, of Denver, and Garrett Hayden, 10, of Monte Vista. In Craig, the honors went to 12-year-old Laadan, from Craig, and Savanna Goodin, 16, of Falcon, who suited up in their camouflage and took to Douglas Mountain near Browns Park Wildlife Refuge on land owned by John Raftopoulos, Dawn Nottingham, Jimmy Horton and Scott and Debbie Estes. Each novice qualified by fulfilling their Hunter Education requirements, and submitting a 500-word essay about their lack of experience and willingness to learn. “These kids had never hunted before and neither have their families, and that is a key factor in why they were chosen,” Franklin says. “With the skills they learned, they can now go out on their own and maybe
Turkey and teens: The winners of this year’s youth turkey hunt with their CPW guides.
they will be the mentors someday.” In Meeker, district wildlife managers Mike Swaro, Terry Wygant and Johnathan Lambert and Franklin provided expert guidance during the three-day excursion. Using borrowed youth model shotguns provided by CPW, the young hunters spent a little time practicing and learning about the safe use of firearms at the Meeker Sportsmen’s Club — a longtime supporter of the Hunter Outreach program.
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In the Craig hunt, the winners wasted no time, filling their turkey tags in just hours. “He did it all himself,” says Laadan’s stepfather, Don Griffin. “It was wonderful and a lot of fun to watch him do it. It gives him the skills he needs that he probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.” In his essay applying for the trip, Laadan wrote that he didn’t want to miss out on an event he might never see again. The turkey he claimed was a new challenge, having mostly hunted critters like rabbits and prairie dogs. “It might get me started in more turkeys, and it might get me started on elk and deer,” he wrote, adding that he hopes to hunt big game this fall. The various lessons covered by the wildlife officers included ethics, biology, firearms safety, regulations, how to use a call, reading sign in the field and preparing meat for consumption. “This year was super successful,” Swaro says. “They all got birds, so we went five for five. But responsible hunting is not just about aiming and shooting. There’s a lot to learn before anyone heads to the field.” Wildlife officers say a main reason for the success has been the generosity of local landowners, which in Meeker included the Jensen Family Ranch properties and the Clark White River Ranch. “We had even more interest and support from landowners this year, which is very encouraging,” Franklin says. “Without them, these once-in-alifetime hunting opportunities would not be possible.”
Five for five: This year’s winners all filled their tags.
Officials say a lack of mentorship is a main reason hunting numbers have declined. “That’s why our Hunter Outreach program is so important,” adds Franklin. “Without good mentorship, it’s challenging for people to get involved.” Swaro adds, “The whole purpose is to recruit
families to enjoy hunting. Our first priority is first time hunting families, taking out mom, dad and the kids.” Landowners interested in supporting CPW’s youth hunting programs in Northwest Colorado, and families wishing to apply are encouraged to call CPW. Info: 970-878-6090
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GETTING A LATE LICENSE It’s Wednesday night, elk season begins in 60 hours and all your buddies are up at camp while you’re sitting at home after missing the limited license deadline last April. Luckily, there are some options for still picking up a tag. Without drawing a limited license in the computer draw, start perusing the list of over-the-counter (OTC) and over-the-counter with caps (bear and elk) licenses available online and at CPW offices and license agents statewide. Unlimited over-the-counter licenses are licenses that are unlimited in number and available in a range of units and seasons. There are some unlimited over-the-counter licenses for cow and either-sex archery elk, bull elk in the second and third rifle seasons, as well as other choices (a list of license vendors and regulations can be found at www.cpw.state.co.us).
THE LICENSE LOW-DOWN You’re not going to hunt without a license. Fortunately, Colorado offers several different types of big-game licenses and different options for purchasing them. Limited licenses award licenses to hunters for specific units and dates. To get one, or preference points, hunters must apply for the draw in April. These are distributed through an application and drawing process and include public-land hunts, private-landonly licenses and Ranching for Wildlife (RFW) licenses. Private-land-only licenses include private lands within GMUs listed on the licenses as well as State Trust Lands not leased by CPW but which have an active private recreational lease through the State Land Board (ask the landowner if this applies). Permission from private landowners is always needed before hunting with a private-land-only license. Ranching for Wildlife licenses are available to all Colorado residents. Resident hunters may apply to hunt a specific ranch, with each ranch having its own specific rules. Leftover draw licenses are those for elk and deer applicants only, giving them the first chance at the limited licenses that are left after the draw by
If you’re not too picky, you can get one of the unlimited OTC bull elk tags for one of the many elk management units on the Western Slope. While there are plenty of licenses available, these popular walk-up tags generally mean you won’t be hunting alone. You can also go online for any available leftover licenses, tags that didn’t get claimed during the June limitedlicense draw or the following leftover draw. But as the state’s elk population gets closer to desired levels, these coveted extra licenses are starting to disappear, and you may have to settle for an unfamiliar unit. Another possibility is a private-land license, where permission from the landowner is required prior to purchasing a license. It’s not impossible to hunt prime ranch land, as several ranchers may allow cow hunts late in the year after the paying customers have gone home. Offering last-minute license help to hunters “really isn’t that rare of an occurrence,” says Meeker CPW terrestrial biologist Darby Finley. “It depends on what
kind of hunt people want, but usually I’ll send them to areas with lots of public land where they don’t have to do a lot of scouting, where there’s good access and chances to see some elk. But I also tell them they’re going to see a lot of hunters, since everyone wants to go where the access is easiest.” Another option is finding last-minute space with an outfitter. “The chances of getting on a guided hunt at the last minute are better than they used to be,” says Collbran outfitter Colby Olford, adding that the Colorado Outfitter Association (coloradooutfitters. org) can supply information on its members. “A lot of outfitters aren’t booked as full as they once were due to the draw and the license limitations. One outfitter I know had nine different calls one year to cancel reserved hunts.” So there’s hope for the last-minute hunter. As long as there is a day left in the season, there’s time for you to go hunting.
checking the “Leftover Draw” box on the application where it states, “If unsuccessful, send me...” They’re available starting July 21. Over-the-counter licenses with caps include a preset number of licenses are available on a firstcome, first-served basis for both resident and nonresident hunters. These are called licenses “with caps.” Over-the-counter unlimited licenses are available to both resident and non-resident hunters also starting July 21. There are an unlimited number of these licenses that may be purchased any time up until the day before your hunting season starts. After the season starts, they are available at CPW offices only, except for archery elk OTC licenses and plains elk OTC licenses, which can be purchased at any license agent. Both are sold online, by phone at 800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents starting July 21. Leftover limited licenses are available starting Aug. 4, to both resident and non-resident hunters. They are the limited licenses remaining after the draw and leftover draw processes. They go on sale in person and by phone at 800-244-5613 on Aug. 4. These licenses are sold by different methods at different license agents and are available online on the CPW website starting at midnight Aug. 5.
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Non-resident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needed to draw for a specific license during a three-year period that ended with the 2009 drawing. (Units with low numbers of available licenses may not have any remaining for nonresidents after resident licenses are drawn.) For elk and deer hunt codes that required six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 20 percent may go to non-residents. These hunts are designated in unit tables by a “+“ under the “SEX” column. For hunt codes that required fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 35 percent may go to non-residents. Non-resident allocations may increase if licenses remain after all Colorado resident first choices have been drawn for that hunt code. License allocations do not apply to private-landonly and Ranching For Wildlife licenses. In a group of applications made up of both residents and non-residents, all non-residents in the group will count against the non-resident allocation.
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t’s a good year to be a big game animal — and hunter, for that matter — in Northwest Colorado. “From what we’re seeing, conditions are fantastic,” says Brad Petch, CPW’s northwest senior wildlife biologist. “This year is shaping up to be one of the best on recent record for local elk and deer populations. It’s setting up to be one of the best hunting seasons we’ve had in a long time.” Petch credits this to a mild, low-snow winter, followed by a record-setting May for moisture across the region. “While survival was really high this year due to a low-snow year, in March, things looked rough drought-wise,” he says. “But then we
had a miracle spring.” He adds that a high survival rate over the winter, coupled with mild weather during the last part of the year, should result in a significant number of bucks and bulls this season. “In most areas, the last severe winter we had was in 2007-08,” he says. “The string of mild years should result in more animals available for the 2015 hunting seasons. It’s shaping up to be one of the best seasons we’ve had in recent years.” The weather conditions have also been remarkable from a forage standpoint. “It’s set us up for a great fawn and calf crop and excellent conditions heading into the fall,” he says. “It’s in far better shape than I anticipated we’d be in, in March and April.” 2015 | colorado Hunter
“Good elk numbers and good bull ratios should be found in most units in the Northwest Region...” — Brad Petch, CPW’s northwest senior wildlife biologist Elk “Most herds in the Northwest Region are at objective,” Petch says. “Good elk numbers and good bull ratios should be found in most units. Good places for hunters to look would be the Bears Ears and White River elk herds, but good hunting opportunity can be found in any elk unit in the region.” Petch adds that CPW met its elk license recommendations at the end of March, coincidentally right when the rains began to make it a stellar season. Because of the great conditions, he adds, license recommendations will likely begin creeping up again. In particular, he says that CPW is increasing licenses in some units like the Bears Ears herd in the Yampa Valley to ensure they stay within objective. “We had scaled cow licenses back a bit in the Yampa and White River valleys,” he says. “But they’re creeping back up again in both regions in response to the incredible conditions. There are now more licenses available for elk, and there will be more leftover cow tags this year in some of the bigger herd units.” The great conditions, he adds, apply no matter your chosen tool. “These conditions will benefit all three areas of hunts: archery, muzzle-loading and rifle,” he says. “From a forage standpoint, we’re in a remarkably good place across the board.” Mule deer Mule deer, Petch adds, are slowly recovering from a downward trend in population size on the Western Slope, thanks largely to great weather conditions the last few years and the implementation of CPW’s West Slope Mule Deer Initiative. “There’s no question that some mule deer herds on the Western Slope aren’t doing well,” he says. “But several areas are at or above objective.” In particular, he says the Bears Ears herd, Middle Park herd and State Bridge herd are all doing well at or near long-term objectives. “Those are our stand-out areas right now,” he says, adding that the last really hard winter local populations had to face was back in 2007-08. “We’ve had really good production over the last several years, with several regions starting to turn the corner. We’re seeing some really positive signs.” One area that’s starting to shine is buck ratios. “A lot of our buck ratios are as high as they’ve ever been, even when the total number of deer is less than desired,” Petch says. In Middle Park, he adds, the ratio is at 40, meaning 40 bucks for every 100 does. “This equates to great buck hunting, even in areas where deer herds are struggling.” A lot of this stems from management practices. “We’ve been quite conservative with our buck and doe licenses the past few years,” he says. “We dropped our buck licenses back precipitously because of that hard winter of 200708. But now our buck ratios are the envy of other western states.” Petch adds that there might also be some opportunities for left-over tags as well. Pronghorn Except for Middle Park, where objectives are higher, pronghorn populations remain somewhat below objective in most herd units in the northwest, says Petch. But other areas are showing improvement.
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“Antelope is a mixed bag,” Petch says. “As a region, we’re below where we’d like to be. But some units are continuing to show improvement.” The main issue, he adds, is their susceptibility to fickle weather. “Pronghorn are among the most sensitive of the big game animals to weather conditions, characterized by poor reproduction during both drought years and hard winters,” he says. He adds that area populations declined substantially during the extended drought from 2001 through 2007 and are still rebuilding, particularly in lower elevation ranges in western Moffat County. These declines have resulted in reduced buck and doe license availability. But he adds that hunting should remain strong, and that recent conditions have been favorable for pronghorn populations. “Pronghorns will benefit quickly from good production over last year’s mild winter and from good forage conditions,” he says. “But we won’t see the results of that until next year.” Another area where improvements are likely to occur is horn growth. “You could see a little better horn quality on bucks this year,” he says. “Horn growth should be positively affected by this year’s conditions.”
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“Each concurrent rifle bear license is good for all four of the regular deer and elk seasons,” he says. “With that much change in the October and November bear season structure, we wanted to keep those license numbers the same to allow us to see how hunters choose to use those licenses across the four deer and elk seasons.” CPW wants to reduce the number of bears roaming the wild, in part because too many are roaming in places not so wild. After a few bad years of bears making their way into Colorado mountain towns in search of food, CPW went from gradually increasing the license count to a more dramatic approach. The number of licenses went from 4,715 in 2009 to 11,705 in 2013. Bear harvest rates are extremely low compared to other big-game animals, adds Petch. “In Colorado our highest success rates for public hunts are in the 8 to 9 percent range,” he says. “Many units have success rates in the 3 to 4 percent range, while the later seasons, after bears have begun to den, average closer to 1 percent.” The best bear-harvest rate in the past six years in the Northwest Region was 6.8 percent in 2008, when 323 bears were harvested in public hunts out of 4,737 licenses issued. Bear numbers are also hard to grasp, he adds. “Bear numbers are particularly difficult to estimate from year to year,” he says. “Most of our population estimates are developed from a suite of models based on expected bear-carrying capacity under a range of forage availability ... and are much better for long-term trend than annual population estimation. In most bear units in the Northwest, these demographic indicators suggest that bear populations are stable to increasing, even with the recent increases in license numbers. However, movement in these indices suggest that we are beginning to get on top of those still-increasing populations.” Helping those numbers this year are the forage conditions. “Bear forage conditions in most of the region this year look very good,” he says. “While there is still some chance of a weather event that would affect the abundance of fall berries and acorns, current conditions suggest that we will see an abundance of each in bear habitat this fall.”
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BIRD OPTIONS ABOUND By Dan Olsen Big game isn’t the only game in town in Western Colorado. Often overshadowed is the area’s autumn hunts for a variety of birds. Grouse, ducks, geese and even turkeys can all be found in this corner of Colorado, from Grand Junction to the Green River. Grouse According to CPW Meeker area wildlife manager Bill Devergie, all three species of grouse — blue (dusky), great sage and columbine sharp-tail — are present and hunted regularly throughout western Colorado. “Quite a few people come hunt them every year,” he says. “There are separate seasons and bag limits for each. A lot of times even elk hunters are opportunistic and go after blue grouse during their hunts for bigger game.” Steamboat Springs CPW area wildlife manager Jim Haskins maintains that Hahn’s Peak Basin is one of the best in the state for blue grouse hunting. “It has some of the best terrain for them around,” he says. Longtime Craig resident and big game outfitter Eric Hamilton is one hunter who looks forward to grouse season each fall. “It’s a lot of fun, and we do it every year,” he says, touting blue grouse and sharptail as favorites. “They’re a lot of fun to hunt.” Even during
archery season, he keeps a lookout for birds. “We’ll hunt them in some spots where we know they’re feeding,” he says. “We look for them while archery hunting, and we’ll cook them up right there and have them for lunch.” Greater sage grouse season runs from Sept. 13 to 14 in GMUs 6, 16, 17, 161 and 171 and Sept. 13 to 19 in GMUs 2,3,4,5, 10,11,13,18, 27, 28, 37, 181, 211, 301 and 441. Sharp-tailed grouse can be taken Sept. 1 to 21 in GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214 and 441. Dusky (blue) grouse season runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 17 in units west of U.S. Interstate 25. Migratory birds Waterfowl hunting in the Pacific Flyway (west of the Continental Divide) can be challenging just for the struggle of finding access to waterways, but the efforts are often rewarded as hunters typically return from the Yampa River or Elkhead Reservoir with their limits. Ducks and geese gather at the very north end of Elkhead Reservoir, making a boat nearly mandatory for access as that area is surrounded by private land. The Yampa River also presents access difficulties, as most bottomland was homesteaded more than 100 years ago and is private. Some areas such as Duff y
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Mountain have public BLM land that accesses the river and may be hunted. In Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, waterfowl may be hunted only at Butch Cassidy Lake, Hog Lake and the Green River corridor. The use of dogs for hunting and small game retrieving is encouraged. A great deal of waterfowl hunting in Northwest Colorado is done on private ponds or watering holes. Roger Simones runs a cement plant in Craig, and the water ponds there make for good hunting in the fall. “Ducks are getting better and better,” he says. “Last year was phenomenal, with every kind of duck, from mallards to even wood ducks.” 2015 | colorado Hunter
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MOOSE ON THE LOOSE COLORADO POPULATION GROWING
By Dave Buchanan
2015 LICENSE FEES curious element of wildlife ($10 2015 Habitat Stamp required) husbandry is that animal Subtract $3 for over-the-counter reintroductions are considered Moose — Draw (limited) successful when hunting is needed to ■ Resident — $254 keep the population under control. So ■ Non-resident — $2,064 it is with Colorado’s moose population, and on Grand Mesa in particular. SEASONS While other states, including ■ Archery — Sept. 12 to 27 those with indigenous moose herds, ■ Muzzleloader — Sept. 12 to 20 are seeing moose populations fall, ■ Rifle— Oct. 1 to 14 Colorado’s largest member of the deer family is doing extremely well. Which is good news for hunters. “The growing number and distribution of moose have resulted in greater hunting opportunity,” maintains Colorado Parks and Wildlife director Bob Broscheid. “We now have hunting in 57 GMUs, up from 39 in 2013.” Broscheid says estimates put the statewide moose population in areas where hunting is allowed at 2,400 animals. That success has made Colorado popular among moose hunters nationwide, says Brad Petch, CPW’s Northwest Region senior wildlife biologist. “In this time when moose populations across the northern tier of states are not doing well, moose in Colorado and particularly on Grand Mesa continue to do very, very well,” he says. “In response to the demand, our hunting license numbers have been leaping up in recent years, but it’s still only a tiny fraction of the demand.” In 2014, some 20,000 prospective hunters applied for 268 available licenses. The 255 hunters participating in the 2014 fall hunt killed 209 moose, including 105 bulls and 104 cows for an 82 percent success rate. “There is great demand for our moose hunting,” adds CPW state big game manager Andy Holland. To meet that demand, 321 licenses will be available this year, a jump of 21 percent. Of those licenses, 39 will be for the seven game management units around Grand Mesa, known collectively as M-5. On Grand Mesa, license numbers have gone up steadily since the first moose licenses (three bull tags) for the area were issued in 2009, when the herd numbered an estimated 192 animals. This year, nine of the M-5 licenses will be bull/either sex licenses and 30 (up from NORTHWEST MOOSE AT A GLANCE
CPW estimates Northwest Colorado’s moose population will be around 1,580 at year end, representing more than 60 percent of the state’s entire moose population. With 227 licenses allocated in the Northwest Region this year, up 24 from 2014, this keeps them moving toward the population objective target of around 1,300. Moose were reintroduced to the North Park region by CPW 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.
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20 in 2014) will be cow licenses. It was only two years ago the first cow license was issued, and each year since the number of those licenses has increased. This year, there is a 50 percent jump in cow licenses. “This is more based on where we are in regard to the (population) objective we strive for on the mesa,” Petch says. “It’s unusual to see the kind of cow (license) numbers we are seeing so soon after a transplant.” The population objective for the Grand Mesa units, he adds, is around 400 moose. “In 2014 post-hunt numbers, we were a bit over that at the end,” Petch says. “It certainly surprises us that (moose) have grown that far in excess of what we anticipated. They are doing exceptionally well.”
Since these reintroductions, moose have thrived through Northwest Colorado. The giant herbivores, which can reach six 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 herd estimated at 400. 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, is also 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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MOOSE VS. ELK KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
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. “In many incidents, binoculars or a spotting scope could have helped the hunter identify their target,” says Dean Riggs, assistant regional manager in the Northwest Region.
Unlike their moose cousins farther north, the Shiras moose found in Colorado can be found in a wide range of habitats. While the animals favor stream- and pondside willows, you also might find them 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 (though the antlers on some young bulls 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. So always identify your target before shooting.
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that influence deer populations, we’re looking for public feedback on an approach that brings together everyone’s limited resources in an impactful way.”
The result of that public outreach is the agency’s West Slope Mule Deer Strategy, a multi-pronged effort adopted last year that “addresses many potential issues affecting continued on page 57
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continued from page 55 mule deer populations in the region,” says Brad Petch, the CPW Northwest Region terrestrial biologist. Petch notes that most deer herds in the Northwest Region are, and have been, below desired population levels. The notable exceptions, he adds, are Middle Park — through which the Trough Road runs — and the Upper Colorado River drainage. While CPW can’t do anything to affect changes in climate or the impact of harsh winter weather, it can manipulate human impacts due to harvest. “Doe license numbers were reduced for 2015 in a number of units that are below objective, while buck license numbers remained stable in some units and increased in others,” Petch says. Those license cuts included the lower Colorado River area, including Grand Mesa. “Licenses were dramatically reduced for does, which is due to the strategy and what input we received from the public” during a series of stakeholder meetings with CPW staff, says JT Romatzke, Area Seven wildlife manager in Grand Junction. “Much of our public input wanted to know what we could do, and we heard from many people that they were willing to forgo hunting for a few years if it meant restoring the herds to health.” Romatzke adds that while doe license numbers this year were reduced, the number of buck licenses is close to what’s been issued in previous years. “We’re seeing some good quality bucks on Grand
REGIONAL WRAP-UPS By Andy Bockelman & Dave Buchanan A mild winter followed by a wet spring spells fantastic conditions for local game populations this year, according to area wildlife experts. Below, we ask experts in specific regions for an even more nuanced take on this year’s hunting season. Middle Park Middle Park is firing on all cylinders, says area wildlife manager Lyle Sidener. “All species are either at or above objective,” he says, adding that CPW increased licenses in the area’s elk units to hold those populations at objective. “We had a really mild winter, and all species’ winter survival rates were good. As well, spring and summer moisture has been timely to benefit big game. With good winter survival and abundant summer forage, we’re expecting the best for big game hunters this fall.” Sidener says Middle Park’s deer continue to have high survival and production (“as high as anywhere in the state,” he says) and that CPW held licenses the same this season as last year, after increases the previous two years. “We’re getting enough harvest to stay toward objective,” he says. “With deer we’re
always concerned about setting up the perfect storm: we issue a large number of licenses and then the weather comes in early and we overshoot our harvest objective.” As for other big game species, he says pronghorn licenses were increased as the local population is slightly over objective, and that there were no increases in moose licenses in its core areas this year. “Moose populations have continued to expand into different areas within the GMUs, and we’ve increased licenses significantly over the last 10 years,” he says. “Those hunters lucky enough to have drawn a tag should have a good hunt.” The recent weather patterns, he adds, have also been helpful for bears. “They’re dependent on forage that comes from spring and summer moisture,” he says. “It also helps that our area’s berry-producing shrubs don’t get nailed by a late frost. We got the moisture not the frost, so conflicts with humans lessened. Bears should be well distributed and in good condition for hunting season.” Craig and Steamboat Springs region One hunting season’s loss is another one’s gain. Strong herd numbers this year mean positive things for hunters converging on the Craig and Steamboat
Springs region of Northwest Colorado. Post-hunt estimates by CPW show an increase for certain herds, such as the Bears Ears elk herd in Moffat County, which stands at about 24,000, according to the agency’s count following the 2014 seasons. The numbers are largely harvest-related, says CPW terrestrial biologist Darby Finley, adding that 2014’s mild weather patterns had a considerable impact on the herd. “The further west they move the more susceptible they are because of more public land,” he says. A bull ratio for the herd of about 23 bulls per 100 cows was also a good indicator, Finley adds, as well as an “exceptionally high” calf ratio — 60 calves to 100 cows. “That contributes to the increase when you see ratios like that,” he says. The White River elk herd is not experiencing the same kind of uptick as their neighbors farther north, with about 40,000 to 45,000 by CPW estimates. “That herd is showing a slightly increasing trend, but it’s been holding stable,” Finley says. “They’re still good elk numbers, for sure. We’ve actually increased numbers for recommendations for the Bears Ears continued on page 61
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continued from page 58 will be greatly appreciated. “People can turn them in to the Craig warehouse or the nearest area agency office in Meeker or Steamboat,” he says. “They can be reused, and it really helps us keep things full circle.” Grand Junction region An exceptionally mild winter is good news for wildlife and wildlife managers but brings mixed blessings to Colorado’s big-game hunters. Spring-like temperatures in January and February kept big-game herds in good shape with very little winter mortality. A shallow mid-winter snowpack that contributed to easier feeding and more survival was later augmented by what water managers are calling a “Miracle May” bringing much-needed moisture to the Colorado’s high country. “Yes, it was a very mild winter, very open for deer and elk, and we saw no stress from the winter,” says CPW Southwest Region terrestrial biologist Scott Wait. “They should have wintered in great condition with very low mortality and minimal weight loss.” But near-perfect calving and fawning conditions are tempered by the exceedingly wet May and the cool June temperatures, Wait adds. “Wet and cool Junes such as we’ve had are associated with increased hypothermia, exposure and pneumonia mortality in fawns,” he says. “And possibly
in calves as well.” Wait says summer hikes and herd flyovers by CPW biologists will supply “anecdotal observations through the summer and more definitive ratios next winter in our annual inventory on winter range.” While that won’t have any consequence on this year’s hunting season, it may affect the coming years. “We could see ramifications in future years, with an entire age class reduced,” he cautions. The mildly negative news aside, the hunting forecast for both the Northwest and Southwest regions looks extremely good. “Things right now are looking great for the hunting season,” says JT Romatzke, Grand Junction area wildlife manager. “With that mild winter — we had 60 degrees in January in Grand Junction — we have no concerns at all about winter mortality.” And the abundant extra moisture in May has herds “fat and sassy,” Wait adds. “I’ve never seen such abundant, and nutritious, forage in July anywhere in Colorado as we have this year.” Romatzke agrees, saying the animals he and his staff monitor are showing the best body conditions for this time of year that anyone can remember.
herd, but we’re keeping a status quo for White River, so no change there.” Numbers for deer in the northwest corner are also solid, partly thanks to a milder winter that supported better fawn survival. In the Bears Ears area, the animals are at about 40,000 to 45,000, and around 35,000 to 40,000 for White River. As far as pronghorn in the northwest, Finley says numbers are on the rebound after several years of decreasing trends, with 11,000 to 13,000 antelope following the respite in 2014 from earlier, harsher winters. The right kind of climate will keep hunters happy this year, and Finley expects first season to be especially strong. CPW is being “fairly conservative” with deer and antelope licenses this year, though he still anticipates some good activity. “I think our buck hunting the next few years is going to be phenomenal,” he says. “We’ve had ideal conditions to grow deer, a good year for antler growth, and the quality of bucks are going to be above what people have seen in the recent past.” Finley adds that CPW is currently utilizing radio collars for certain deer and elk to monitor survival rates through movement and distribution. He reminds hunters that collared animals are not off-limits, though a return of the equipment following a harvest
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ight-in Western Colorado as your hunting destination and you couldn’t have chosen a better spot for chasing big game. The Pacific-most portion of the Centennial State harbors two key ingredients all hunters look for — the largest elk herds in the country, and extensive public lands. This equates to 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 & 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.” Petch estimates that there are about 280,000 elk in Colorado, the most of any state, with more than 15 percent of those harvested every year. Other big game populations are also strong, including mule deer, moose, pronghorn, bear and mountain lion. From Grand Junction, 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) for some of the best hunting in the state. After your hunt, tour through Grand Mesa or Colorado National Monument. Farther northwest, Dinosaur National Monument offers a glimpse of the region’s prehistoric past in the middle of world-class pronghorn options. The region also contains Brown’s Park on the Green River, a former outlaw hideout now offering world-class trout fishing below Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Just off U.S. Highway 40, Rangely is another sportsmen’s hot spot. Its hilly landscapes are populated with deer, pronghorn, elk and small game. Craig, the seat of Moffat County, is consistently ranked one of the top hunting destinations in the country 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, all prime hunting habitat. East of Craig on U.S. 40 is Hayden, which is also rich in ranching and hunting heritage, and another 30 minutes east is Steamboat Springs, the seat of Routt County. Known for its worldclass ski area, Steamboat also is home to fifth-generation ranches and some of the best elk, deer and moose hunting in the state. South of Steamboat on Colorado Highway 131 are the hunting hotbeds of Oak
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Creek, Phippsburg and Yampa, the “Gateway to the Flat Tops” and the wilderness area’s prime hunting habitat. Across the Continental Divide, North Park is known for its moose and fishing. Located an hour drive on Colorado Highway 14 from both Steamboat and Laramie, Wyoming, Walden is the region’s largest city and is surrounded by extensive public lands for hunting. Farther south in Middle Park are the hunting hotbeds of Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby, which also carry vast herds of elk and, especially, mule deer. So no matter where your crosshairs are set, western Colorado is the place to be when it comes to hunting big game. Throw a dart at the map and see where it sticks; the entire area offers some of the best hunting in the country.
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ELK HUNTING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD By Andy Bockelman
n 2012, Craig officially achieved a status that residents and recurring tourists had known for years. The designation of “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” became a true trademark for the city, largely thanks to five years of effort by local businessman John Ponikvar, who put forth the time and money in the venture in order to brand Craig in the right way. More than a mere slogan, the title is one that remains an important part of promoting all the area has to offer to incoming hunters from around the globe. Melody Villard, director of Moffat County Tourism Association, cites an article from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation publication Bugle Magazine (May/June 2015) that references the town as a hunting hub thanks to the 55,000 elk in a 50-mile radius that “account for more than a fifth of the elk in Colorado and about as many as exist in the entire state of Washington.” The article lists Craig as No. 8 on Bugle’s listing for Elk City, USA, with the top spot going to Estes Park. Villard says there are multiple considerations for the ratings on the list — one of which is the ratio of humans to animals — though she believes Craig and Moffat County’s results speak for themselves. The “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” still plays into that, she says, increasing visibility of the northwest corner of Colorado across multiple media outlets, be it in the form of a bumper sticker or online. “There’s definitely highlights and articles that showcase that tagline,” she says, noting that Web searches for “elk hunting” continue to redirect people to Craig, the
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economy of which benefits from millions of dollars brought in by hunters. The challenge is ensuring that advertising like this provides an accurate expectation for hunters. Though the herds around Craig are massive, the number of tags and licenses allocated for elk in a given year isn’t always what it should be, Villard says. “The draw situation has really impacted our area in the last few years,” she says. Christina Oxley, director of Craig Chamber of Commerce, says the “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” topic continues to “spark conversation” within and outside the community, but the key is making that brand work to its full potential. “Like any marketing campaign, a brand is just a piece of it, and you’ve got to be actively out there promoting it,” she says.
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ant to hone your shot before heading out into the hills? Following is a sampler of shooting ranges where you can practice.
CRAIG Bears Ears Sportsman Club LOCATION: Moffat County Road 7 ABOUT: Bears Ears Sportsman Club is a private club working toward advancing shooting sports skills. Members focus on a variety of shooting disciplines, including cowboy action shooting, three-gun competition, bowling pin shooting, NRA bullseye competition and 4-H shooting sports. The range is open to the public Dec. 1 through March 31, as well as the first Friday and Saturday of every month. CONTACT: 970-824-7538; www.bearsears.org Wyman Living History Museum Archery Pitch LOCATION: 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40 ABOUT: In 2014, the Wyman Museum added a 60-yard archery pitch, which the community can use for free, to its grounds. After shooting a few arrows, you can explore the fantastic collection of artifacts in the museum or visit with Junior, the resident pet elk. CONTACT: 970-824-6346; www.wymanmuseum.com Craig Trap Club LOCATION: U.S. Highway 40 to Moffat County Road 64; first driveway on the right
ABOUT: Craig Trap Club is a local club dedicated to the safe and fun enjoyment of trap shooting. CONTACT: 970-629-8437
HAYDEN Hayden Shooting Range LOCATION: Three miles south of Hayden on Routt County Road 37 ABOUT: Hayden’s range is a free outdoor range operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with accommodations for long gun, pistol and shotgun. Usually only slightly crowded on weekends, this range is perfect for uninterrupted shooting. Open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk. CONTACT: CPW, 970-870-2197; Rainbow Sporting Goods, 970-276-3425
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Three Quarter Circles Sporting Clays LOCATION: 26208 U.S. Highway 40 ABOUT: This sporting clays course, which involves 12 log-shooting platforms, is designed to accommodate beginners, seasoned competitors or sportsmen who simply want to sharpen their marksmanship. It can be modified daily to accommodate individuals or a team, camaraderie or competition, sport or training. The ranges are open seasonally May 1 through Oct. 30, weather permitting. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and weekdays by appointment. CONTACT: 970-846-5647; www.3qc.net
Routt County Rifle Club LOCATION: Three miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40, adjacent to M&M Auto Co. ABOUT: This is a private club that accommodates five-stand, skeet shooting, rifle outdoors, handgun outdoors, trap shooting, competition shooting, night shooting and semi-automatic. Three days prior to first and second rifle seasons, the range is open to the public, with range officers available for assistance, for sighting. There is a $5 fee per riffle. CONTACT: Elk River Guns, 970-979-7565
MEEKER Meeker Sportsman’s Club LOCATION: 36684 Colorado Highway 13 ABOUT: This private club accommodates skeet shooting, rifle, handgun, trap shooting and more, and it’s a great location to sight in your rifle before the big hunt, or join others from the area in some friendly competition. CONTACT: 970-878-3456
RIFLE Rifle Sportsmen’s Club LOCATION: 0194 Garfield County Road 244 ABOUT: The Rifle Sportsmen’s Club is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving shooting sports. You must be a member in good standing to access the club outside of sanctioned club events. CONTACT: 970-625-1050; www.riflegunclub.com
WALDEN Walden Public Shooting Area LOCATION: Jackson County Road 12 off Colorado Highway 14 ABOUT: The Walden range is a public facility operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with ranges up to 200 yards to accommodate pistol and rifle shooters. No scattergun facilities. CONTACT: CPW, 970-870-2197
KREMMLING Blue Valley Sportsman Club LOCATION: Mile Post 128.1 on Colorado Highway 9, approximately 27 miles north of Silverthorne ABOUT: The Blue Valley Sportsman Club is a membersonly, nonprofit corporation. The original range facility was located off Williams Peak Road and was later relocated to its current location on private property off Colo. 9. The range is not open to the public, except for three scheduled shoots. CONTACT: 970-724-9368 2015 | colorado Hunter
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By Andy Bockelman
hen it comes to hunting, the meek—or at least those living in Meeker—shall inherit the Earth. While it’s quietly off the radar, nestled at the base of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Meeker is an unsung mecca for big game hunting. Once people get a taste of its small-town friendliness and world-class access to big game, they put it on their calendar every hunting season thereafter. “We get a lot of repeat customers every year,” says Stan Wyatt, owner of Wyatt’s Sports Center, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a local hunting supply company. “Most of our business comes from non-residents. We see so many people year after year that it’s hard to remember them all.” Wyatt estimates he’s had a customer from every state in the country and beyond, many of them returning year after year. “We’ve had them from Alaska, Hawaii and Canada, and even England,” he
says. “People always say how beautiful it is around here, what a great little town it is and how friendly the people are. It has a great reputation.” This reputation — as well as the bountiful filling of hunting tags — is what leads to so much repeat business for everything from local guides and outfitters to area lodges and hotels. “It’s usually the same groups coming back year after year, and it’s always nice to see them,” says Blue Spruce Hotel manager Beckey Dowker, also an avid hunter. “It’s like family coming back every year. Most people like that we’re just a quiet little mountain town.” Further illustrating Meeker’s charm are its lifelong residents. Bill Wille, owner of Antlers Taxidermy, has hunted all over the world and first came to town decades ago for the hunting. He decided to stay and has now operated his service out of Meeker for the past 35 years. “The hunting is why I came out here, and that’s
A SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE “The hunting is why I came out here, and that’s what I still love about it.” — Bill Wille, Antlers Taxidermy, Meeker what I still love about it,” says Wille, whose workshop is home to more than 200 mounts of large cats, bears, rodents, fowl and other animals from all over the world — including a rare ibex from Turkey. But despite his world travels, Meeker will always be home and remain close to his heart, for the same reasons that keep visiting hunters returning.
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hanks to vast tracts of public land and sizable animal herds, Grand County — which encompasses Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby and Grand Lake — easily lives up to its grand billing for big-game hunting. “The hunting opportunities there are excellent, especially for mule deer,” maintains Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Mike Porras. “It 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. “Historically, this region has always been known for its deer hunting,” says Lyle Sidener, CPW Grand County area wildlife manager. “We have a lot of low-lying central sage brush that helps gets deer through winter.” Sidener adds the region also has a long history of supporting deer research efforts, be it experts studying habitat use or nutrition. “Deer here have probably been studied more than they have anywhere else,” he says. Adding to the region’s hunting opportunities is its vast acreage, comprising units 15, 18, 27, 28, 37, 181 and 371, the majority of it open to the public. “There’s a high percentage of public land here to hunt, which is largely what makes it such a prime hunting destination,” Sidener adds. Every fall, hundreds of out-of-town hunters flock to the area in search of elk and mule deer, joining a strong population of local hunters, many of whom moved here for the mountains and hunting opportunities they present. The region also harbors
“Grand County’s high percentage of public land makes it a prime hunting destination.” — Lyle Sidener, CPW wildlife manager a robust outfitter business, with several of the state’s busiest guides and outfitting services calling the area home. And it’s more than deer driving this demand, Sidener says. Moose have migrated down from North Park to Middle Park, and area elk herds are also blossoming. The region’s three elk herds — Gore Pass, Troublesome Creek and Williams Fork — total nearly 15,000 animals. Hot spots include Gore Pass, William Peak and Willow Creek Pass, as well as Parkview, Elk and Grouse mountains. Big bulls can also be found south of the boundary for Rocky Mountain National Park in the Meadow Creek area. “That area is pretty under-utilized because it’s hard to get to,” Sidener says. “While there’s no hunting in the park, elk don’t necessarily understand that boundary. It’s truly a great region for hunting.”
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hile Western Colorado boasts some of the finest bulls in the country, there’s one Holy Grail for hunters that tops everyone’s wish list: Unit 2. Located in the far reaches of Moffat County near the Utah-Wyoming border, the designated “trophy” area harbors more than 200 trophy-sized bulls due to its vast terrain and limited hunting pressure. “Unit 2, along with neighboring GMUs 1, 10 and 201, is managed to produce trophy quality bulls,” says Brad Petch, CPW’s senior wildlife biologist for Northwest Colorado. “Bull elk licenses in this unit are among the most highly sought in Colorado. Bulls scoring above 300 points are common in the unit, and much of the harvest each year consists of bulls that score above 330 points.” Two management strategies, he adds, contribute to these units high number of large bulls: CPW manages them for bulls 6 to 8 years old, compared to over-thecounter units whose bulls are harvested as 2- or 3-year olds; and it manages the units for a high proportion of bulls to cows. “Both of these are accomplished by
limiting hunting opportunity, as measured by the number of available bull licenses,” he says. This means it’s not a gimme to go after these units’ big game. The opportunity to hunt them is determined by a draw-and-point system. Hunters accumulate species-specific preference points each season, oftentimes doing so for many years before drawing a license. Currently, it takes 18 points for a Colorado resident to draw a license in Unit 2, while a non-resident will wait 22 years for the opportunity. And points alone don’t guarantee a license through the draw. The 2014 quota for Unit 2 was 33 hunters, out of 1,293 applicants. Twenty-four licenses went to Colorado residents, five went to non-residents and four to unit landowners. But get one and you’re psyched. Just ask Craig hunter Tony Erickson, who finally got the chance to hunt Unit 2 two years ago. “The hunt was well worth the wait,” he says. “We saw big bulls — 340 point Boone & Crockett bulls — every day within shooting range, less than 300 yards.” Hunters don’t need to hunt each year to gather the points; however, non-hunter preference points —
which were once a minimal $3 fee — jumped to $40 last year for those who didn’t hunt the year before. “The fee increase went into effect to encourage more people to hunt yearly,” says CPW’s Mike Swaro. “People need to have at least an annual fishing license to avoid that charge. It raises additional fees for wildlife management.” Another way to draw a trophy unit hunt is via the hybrid drawing. Enter the draw with at least five preference points, and you’ll be automatically entered into a hybrid draw for a chance to be randomly selected for 20 percent of the licenses issued. Still, over the years, the number of preference points required has climbed as more hunters reach higher totals. An 18-year-old applying for his first Unit 2 preference point may need 22 points or more when his number is called in 2036. For Erickson, his 21-year wait resulted in the hunt of a lifetime. “We called him into range and got him about a half-hour after daylight,” he says. “There were four bulls in the herd, and this was the biggest. What can I say? He was in the meat plant by noon.” 2015 | colorado Hunter
OUTFITTERS del’s triAngle 3 rAnCh By Austin Colbert
espite being only 44, Rowan “Perk” Heid can already feel his days as the owner and operator of Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch getting fewer and fewer. “Justin, who’s just 12 years old, gets to go on his first elk hunt this fall,” Perk says. “My boys have already decided exactly how they’re going to run it when they take it over. They live it every day and are absolutely a crucial part of what we do out here.” Justin and his 9-year-old brother, Jason, work full-time with their father on their ranch, located a couple miles from Clark in north Routt County. Park is a fifth generation Steamboat Springs local, with some of his ancestors having been homesteaders south of Steamboat. Since the death of Delbert “Delby” Heid, Perk’s uncle, in 1985, Perk has worked alongside his father, Ray Heid — Delby’s brother — as the chief caretakers of the ranch. Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch started in 1962 when Delby bought land with two others with the idea of catering to tourists. “In 1962, when they developed the ski area, they decided to buy the ranch and go into the trail riding business,” Perk says. “Our business at that time became hunting camps, fishing trips and horseback rides. From 1962 to this day, we have still done basically exactly that. Our outfitting number is 22, which makes us probably the oldest operating outfitter in Colorado.” The ranch itself is located on approximately 3,500 acres of land. However, the amount of land they have available to use for hunting increases to nearly a half million acres and includes large swaths of Routt National Forest. The area includes both private and public land, much of which only they are permitted to use. “That’s a huge benefit that they have — that kind of land and options,” says
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“Our outfitting number is 22, which makes us probably the oldest operating outfitter in Colorado.” — Perk Heid, chief caretaker of Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch Sam Silva, 40, a longtime family friend and part-time guide for the ranch. “I enjoy just being out there in the wilderness, the camaraderie and excitement of getting another person an experience in their hunt. After growing up hunting, it’s still exciting to get my own, but it’s even better to share it with somebody else.” Silva, a full-time police oﬃcer in Steamboat Springs who once spent a year as a hunting guide in Africa, grew up hunting around Steamboat. Even though he no longer uses his skills as a guide to make a living, his passion for it leads to him using his vacation days each fall to help guide hunters looking to bag elk. On top of the wilderness Del’s Triangle 3 has at its disposal, Silva says its true charm comes from the charismatic nature of Perk and his wife, Becky, who truly find enjoyment in making their guests happy. “Anybody can go out and stumble across an elk, but to make somebody feel welcome and taken care of is a big thing,” Silva says. “Perk and Becky both understand the hospitality side of it. I grew up in the restaurant business and understand the service industry and making people happy. So much of happiness is taking care of people when they are in camp and making them feel welcome.” The ranch provides hunting trips for all three seasons: archery, muzzle-loading and rifle. The normal trip is a five-day expedition into the forest, often on horseback, with elk as the main quarry, although they do occasionally hunt deer. Perk says the ranch typically gets between 50 and 70 hunters per year. “My favorite part is guiding the hunters,” Perk says. “A close second is our trail rides. Both are lots of fun. I can’t imagine a better way to make a living than riding a horse.” The ranch employs six to eight full-time guides during the hunting season, with another four wranglers always on hand to help with the fleet of horses for trail rides, a ranch specialty. Located just 30 minutes north of Steamboat, Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch is full of local history and offers unique experiences for hunters as well as adventures for the entire family. “It’s family owned and operated, and everyone in the family contributes to help make it a success,” Perk says. “It’s fun for those who come out and enjoy a horseback ride and fun for those who come out to hunt.” info: www.steamboathorses.com
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ruce Clatterbaugh was ready to ride off into the sunset when he retired. But he wasn’t quite ready to “retire retire.” After 30 years in the banking business, he decided to call it a career. He was also running a couple hundred head of cattle, but he was ready for something new and exciting. “I was just going to stay home and take care of the cattle,” Clatterbaugh says. Instead, the now 63-year-old decided to get into the outfitter business. A bold move for a former banker who was 58 at the time. “I love horses, and this gave me the opportunity to ride and be around horses more,” he says. After five years running Adams Lodge Outfitters southeast of Meeker with his wife, Jody, he admits it’s a big change from banking. “There’s a lot of work,” he says. “I never thought it would be that much. I feel the aches and pains sometimes.” Clatterbaugh helped start the Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker and worked there for nearly 20 years. With his dad in the guest ranch business in Jackson, Wyoming, when Clatterbaugh was young, it was natural for him to get into something similar. He bought the outfitter business from the Hilkey family, who had run it for generations, including former Mesa County sheriff Stan Hilkey. Hunting season is go-time for outfitters in the Flat Tops region. “There’s a lot of elk up here,” Clatterbaugh says. His business takes hunters into the remote wilderness area in the White River National Forest, where motorized vehicles are not allowed. That means they have drop camps, using horses to get the hunters and their supplies to camps that are set up and ready for guests to arrive. “Everything we do is on horseback,” Clatterbaugh says of getting to the camps. “And 90 percent of our (hunting season) business is elk hunters.” Clatterbaugh’s drop camps are located in the heart
Not a bad oﬃce: Clatterbaugh heads oﬀ to one of his camps.
of elk country, which is why the hunters then do all of their work on foot. Clatterbaugh takes the hunters and their supplies in, but then he leaves with the horses. They will return if they need to pack out an elk and when the hunt is over. “They are already in where the elk are, so they don’t need horses to hunt,” he says. They have hunters for archery, a few muzzleloaders and the first and second rifle seasons, but only a few for the third season. Trips are not offered for the fourth and final rifle season. Clatterbaugh says it’s a rewarding business. “You meet a lot of really good people,” he says. “For the most part, they’re just kind-hearted, great folks.” He jokes about how many hunters say they just love to be in the outdoors and having a successful hunt isn’t a priority. “All the guys say that, but the guys who come home
DoGGone Two deer hunters were not having any luck so they asked for advice from an old timer. “You can just about guarantee a deer if you learn to hunt with dogs,” he said. So they got a trained deer dog and hit the woods. At the end of the day and still empty-handed, one hunter said to the other, “Maybe tomorrow we should throw the dog out of a higher treestand.”
with the biggest smile on their face are usually the ones who got an elk,” he says. He says the hunters who return year after year get a feel for the area, and that usually spells more success. Adams Lodge Outfitters hosts more than 50 hunters every late summer and early fall, with many repeat customers from the Midwest. The company offers more than just hunting excursions. They put in a large fishing camp in the spring near Marvine Lake and pack people in for fishing trips. “We push hard to stay busy all summer,” Clatterbaugh says. “We’re one of the few outfitters up here that offers a lot of summer activities.” He confesses again that it’s hard work and long hours, but well worth it. “I’m a horse guy, and I thoroughly enjoy spending time in the outdoors,” he says. “Plus, I have the best oﬃce in the world.” info: 970-878-4312, www.adamslodgeoutfitters.com
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GrounD elk toMato sauce With sPaGhetti sQuash
By Lauren Blair
hen you have a freezer full of elk, it helps to have a little inspiration about what to do with it. The following recipes cover most of the bases, whether you have company coming over for a summertime dinner on the patio or a hungry family to feed. Elk lends itself well to warm, hearty meals for the long winter months and also pairs well with the bright, fresh flavors of summer. Branch out and try something new. (Recipe results may look diﬀerent than the photos featured.)
• Extra virgin olive oil • 3 onions, chopped • 10-12 cloves garlic, minced • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper (optional) • 2 lb. ground elk meat • ¼- ½ cup red wine • 3 x 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes • 2 tsp. dried oregano • 2 tsp. dried basil • pinch of sugar, to taste • salt, 1 to 2 tsp. or to taste • black pepper • 1 large or 2 small spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and bake face down on a baking sheet in ½ inch of water for approximately 45 to 60 minutes. When the squash is tender, remove from the oven, let cool briefly, then scrape crosswise with a fork to break apart the spaghetti-like flesh. To prepare sauce, sauté onions, garlic and crushed red pepper in a large saucepan in olive oil over medium low heat until onions become translucent. Turn heat up to medium high and add ground elk. Stir frequently, allowing meat to brown. When the meat begins sticking to the pan, deglaze with a splash or two of red wine. Add crushed tomatoes. Bring the sauce to a light simmer and turn heat to low. Let simmer uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Add oregano, basil, sugar to taste, salt and black pepper. Let simmer another five minutes and turn heat off. Serve over a big pile of spaghetti squash with freshly grated parmesan cheese. It also goes great over regular pasta.
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If you’ve never been hunting out of Kremmling, you are truly missing out on some of the best big game hunting in Colorado! Kremmling is situated in West Grand County bordering Summit, Eagle and Routt Counties, where things are “Untapped, Untamed!” We are surrounded by some of the best elk, deer, mountain lion, and big game hunting in the state. While locals boast that it is still “the way Colorado used to be,” there are many services available to make your hunting trip that much more enjoyable.
The Town of Kremmling offers: • Restaurants • Mercantile • Meat Market • Meat Processing • Indoor Archery Range
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• Lettuce, chopped spice rub: • 1 tsp. kosher salt • 1 tsp. garlic power • 1 tsp. cumin • ½ tsp. chili powder • ½ tsp. paprika Season whole elk backstrap with ¾ of the spice rub. Cover and let sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Cut the backstrap into thin slices and season with
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Elk roast • 1 to 2 lb. elk backstrap • Oregano • Cumin • Rosemary • Salt • Black pepper • 1 onion, sliced into wedges • 1 to 2 bell peppers, sliced • 2 to 4 anaheim, poblano or jalapeño peppers, chopped • 3 tomatoes, roughly chopped Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine about 1 tsp. each of
oregano, rosemary, cumin, kosher salt and about ½ tsp. black pepper in small bowl. Trim backstrap and rub down with the spice mixture. Place onions, peppers and tomatoes in large dutch oven or enameled cast iron pot with lid. Place the roast in the pot with the veggies and bake for 8 to 10 hours. After about five hours, the meat should be tender. Pull meat apart with a fork and place back in the oven for another 3 to 5 hours. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
Green chili elk burgers • 2 lb. ground elk meat • 4 to 5 green chilis, diced • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning Thoroughly mix ground elk with diced green chilis and 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning. Divide the meat into six equally sized patties and press flat. Cook on a grill or on a cast-iron pan on the stovetop, about 3 minutes each side for a rare burger, about 4 minutes for medium-rare or 5 minutes for medium. For spice-lovers: top with pepper-jack cheese and serve with homemade chipotle mayo (blend equal parts mayonnaise and canned chipotle peppers in adobo) and a few slices of avocado. Yum! continued on page 83
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Angling Options in Western Colorado By Eugene Buchanan
hen you’re not casting your eyes toward ridges for big game, there’s plenty of other casting to do in Northwest Colorado. Rifle or rod, world-class options abound for both pastimes. Whether you’ve filled your tag or simply want a break from the trail, Western Colorado offers hot spots for trout as well as trophy game. 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 worldclass 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 Northwest Colorado region offers some of the best fishing in the country, from high alpine lakes to cool, clear rivers.” The heart of hunting season is also when fishing is at its best, he adds, with aquatic and insect life teeming. The trout sense the onset of winter, meaning flies and lures don’t go unnoticed. “Fall is one of the best times to fish here,” adds Lee. “Fish know winter’s coming and start feeding.” Following is a primer on where to cast your rod. Rivers Coursing 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. Prime public areas include the Stagecoach
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tailwaters just below Stagecoach Lake, the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area three miles south of Steamboat Springs on County Road 14, and the sixmile 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 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 option: 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 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 Rangely reach. Near Grand Junction, hit the blue-ribbon Gunnison River Gorge below Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which attracts anglers all season. Wade fish near the take-out at Gunnison Forks at the confluence of the river’s north fork, or book a float trip through the gorge. lakes and reservoirs For lake fishing, hit any number of reservoirs near Craig and Steamboat (Stagecoach Lake, 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. 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 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, adds Lee. “Autumn’s cold water dictates a slower retrieve,” says Lee, touting crayfish patterns as a good bet. Countless smaller lakes also exist for dipping a line. On the other side of the Park Range from Steamboat, in Jackson County, lie Delaney Buttes lakes, which offer free camping, as well as Big Creek Lake and Lake John. In the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Trapper’s Lake, where you can rent canoes, rowboats and rustic accommodations, as well as Chapman, Sheriff and Stillwater reservoirs and the smaller Rainbow and Mosquito lakes, also offer great fishing options. North of Steamboat, Hahn’s Peak and Pearl lakes, as well as the alpine lakes of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, serve up prime angling, as do the more than 200 stocked lakes atop 10,000-foot-high Grand Mesa near Grand Junction (favorites include the Gold Medal waters of Mesa Lakes, as well as Cottonwood Lakes and Vega Reservoir). Several fishing lodges on Grand Mesa stay open through the fall.
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HUNTINGtAles g-15 nAnnY goAt BoW hUnt By Bill Van Ness
hold goats — Byers Peak Wilderness, Jones Pass and
slipped up and around the Citadel to look at the south
decided early in 2014 to use my Colorado Mountain Goat points on an easier-to-draw Nanny Goat tag in unit G-15. The unit is from Loveland Pass, north to Winter Park and west to Colorado Highway 9, and encompasses some super rugged terrain with a lot of elevation over 12,000 feet. Colorado Parks and Wildlife issues a higher number of goat tags in this area to keep them in check due to the exceptional bighorn sheep population in the area (sheep are indigenous to Colorado and mountain goats are not). I spent three full days scouting the usual areas that
Herman Lake. The goats at Herman Lake were readily
face, and sure enough, there they were: nine goats,
visible but tough to get close to as they hang in the
with multiple legal nannies in the group.
cliffs high above the lake and rarely venture down during daylight hours.
I snuck to about 110 yards and ran out of cover so I decided to just stand up and slowly walk at an angle
Sleep came easy the night before opening morning
toward them while letting them see me. Sometimes in
in the Herman Lake lot, with the hum of Interstate 70
these high hiker population areas this can work. Well,
and dreams of goats in high places. I left the lot at 4:45
not today. After about 10 steps, they busted up the
a.m. and made the 3-mile trek to my vantage point
mountain heading for a saddle between Pettingel
above the lake before dawn. As the sun rose, to my
Peak and the Citadel.
surprise, there were no goats visible anywhere. So I
I immediately turned around and ran up and out
scrambled up the ridge to the north, and still no goats.
of sight to the ridge top. There, I scrambled on a goat
I scrambled, slid and rolled back down the ridge,
trail to the saddle they were heading toward, nocked
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an arrow and dropped to a knee. Mere seconds went by, and I caught a glimpse of white fur coming about 50 yards below me. It was the lead nanny, and if she kept on that path, she’d be 38 yards and broadside in just a few steps. She kept coming, and I drew. Since the wind was howling from right to left, I decided to aim slightly forward. Then, calmly as I could, I released the shot. The arrow hit right where I aimed, which at first worried me, but when I saw her stumble in just a few steps, I felt better. Then a goat hunter’s worst nightmare: She proceeded to jump off the edge of a 75-foot cliff and rolled about 500 yards down. It was good in that she was mine for sure, but what was left? As I approached I was relieved to see her intact and not in bad shape at all. On another note, just as I had slipped in front of the goats and drew my bow, a pair of other hunters had come over the ridge and watched it all go down from 100 yards behind me. It’s not often that you get an audience at 13,000 feet. And while the hunt as a whole was tough and had its frustrating moments, in the end, I was rewarded with a massive pack of wonderful meat and a trophy I’ll cherish forever.
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SKILLsets hUnting sAFetY By Eugene Buchanan
hile hunting accidents are getting fewer, there are still too many. “Hunting is safe and getting safer,” says CPW hunter education coordinator Mark Cousins, “but one moment of carelessness can have drastic consequences.” The state sells more than 560,000 hunting licenses every year, resulting in several million hunter recreation days. Since the passage of two laws in 1970 -one requiring hunter education training and another requiring wearing at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing -- hunting accidents have dropped. But even one accident is too many. Almost all hunting accidents can be avoided by exercising care, Cousins adds. Safety measures include familiarizing yourself with your gun or bow at a range beforehand; exercising caution when loading and unloading, well away from your vehicle (it’s illegal to place a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle and to hunt from one); and unloading when you’re crossing streams and fences and hiking in rough terrain.
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3 ColorAdo nAtiVes shAre tips oF the trAde By Eugene Buchanan
et’s face it: some hunters are just more successful than others. They get an elk year in and out, often a trophy, and enjoy full freezers year-round. We went to three such hunters from Northwest Colorado and got them to share some of their secrets to consistent success.
t.J. thrasher Longtime Steamboat Springs hunter T.J. Thrasher started as a rifle hunter before finding archery to be more rewarding as an adult. He’s been hunting for more than 25 years and has bagged an elk nearly every single one of them. “It’s not something I’ve really ever taken the time to think about,” says the owner of tree and turf care company Sol Solutions, “but it’s close to as many years as I’ve hunted. I trophy hunt elk on public land and pass at least 10 legitimate shots on bulls for each P+Y class bull I have an opportunity at.”
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leave the calls at home “Even if you don’t know your neighbors’ names, chances are you would recognize their voices. Elk are no different. On public lands elk are called to often and can easily distinguish an elk from a human. This is especially true with bugling. At the very least you’re letting the elk know where you are, and at the worst (and more common), the bull will take his harem and leave. He’d rather avoid a challenge, regardless of whether it’s with another elk or a human.” hunt diﬀerent areas “Just because it was good last year or even yesterday doesn’t mean the animals are there today. One hunter can move game out of an area without even knowing it. Many people come to town and set up camp focusing their efforts on an area they know from previous experiences. This continued daily pressure all but ensures limited success. At a very minimum be willing to move daily if not throughout the day.”
spend time afield “There is nothing more important to success than time dedicated to achieve it. As with anything in life, the more time you dedicate to something the more likely you are to succeed. Start with scouting; you’ll be around animals and become familiar with interacting with game. As well as gaining more knowledge, more time also means more opportunity. Even if game encounters are “by chance,” it will lead to more chances.” learn to interact with game “Animals understand their environment. Your urgency and nerves will be felt by them. Learn to stay calm and participate in the animals’ activities calmly; you’ll be far less likely to scare them, even if they know you are there. Experiment with mannerisms with the small game you’re around during the day.” Wind “If the wind is wrong, you lose. Period.” continued on page 93
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scout with a purpose “Spend time in potential hunting areas and keep an eye out for little details. Rubs on trees from previous years can show potential rutting areas even if there are no bulls in the area. Find cow elk in August and bulls will be there in September almost guaranteed. Also, pay attention to small water sources and wallows; during the rut they’ll be a hub of action if there are animals in the area. I’m also a firm believer in trail cameras; they let you take inventory of game in an area. It’s an outstanding advantage.” be in shape, pack right and practice your shot “Being ready for the mountains is paramount. We will never move through the mountains as well as an elk or deer, but lessening the gap and being able to gain that next ridge increases your odds of success. The physical
have a plan a, b and c “This is a top secret to success. A lot of people say they’re hunting in spot “X” tomorrow, and that’s what they do. If there’s no game there, they come back stumped and dejected. If it’s elk season in the rut I like to start early, get to plan A an hour before light and listen. As the sun starts to lighten the horizon and there are no bugles, I move to plan B. which could be the next drainage over or the next ridge line to glass. All the while I’m moving with a purpose and paying attention to the wind. Then I might move to plan C for the middle of the day...maybe a waterhole sit or across from timber where there’s a good chance of elk bedding. You can glass the timber and get a head start as they rise in the afternoon. Never stop moving with a purpose and always pay attention to the wind.”
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Longtime Steamboat Springs hunter Cedar Beauregard, 42, the owner of Beauregard Construction Co., has been hunting for 30 years and has “lost count” of how many elk he’s gotten. The last time he didn’t get one was 20 years ago in 1995. “I missed the same bull three times and never connected with him,” he says. “I had target panic really bad and that was a huge hurdle to overcome.” Primarily an archery hunter, he does some muzzeloading and a little rifle, but says the bow gives him the most time in the woods and best encounters. leave the calls at home “I haven’t left the house with a call in years. It wasn’t easy to do at first. It’s super fun to call in elk, and once in a while, a bull will come in. But it’s not the most eﬃcient way to kill an elk, especially one with age and experience with hunters. Most of the time you’re simply letting them know where you are and forcing them to take a quiet exit. Countless times I’ve been within 100 yards of a nice herd with a bull only to have them bumped by a trumpet-playing hunter. Usually they won’t vocalize until their exit has been determined.” Practice patience “This plays into the leaving the calls at home point. Most of the time elk won’t get vocal until they start the morning migration from feeding to their bedding continued on page 94
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Bill Van Ness has been archery hunting for more than 30 years, from taking his first deer at age 13 to harvesting elk, mule deer, bear, mountain lion, antelope, bighorn sheep and mountain goat in Northwest Colorado. When not cleaning carpets for his Steamboat Carpet Care company, you’ll find him traipsing the countryside for trophies, drawing back while most others are going back to the drawing board.
effort to take down an elk is important but the work truly begins when the animal is on the ground. I hunt prepared to break down the animal and at least take a load of meat out without having to retrieve gear. This means hunting with a decent pack with things like knives and gamebags; one extra trip can be a gamechanger. Also practice with your method of take, be it bow, gun or muzzleloader. I like to create stressful practice situations, such as sprinting around my home, doing three burpees and then grabbing my bow and making a 30-yard shot. It’s a different kind of stress but makes you create the “tunnel of focus” as you draw and aim. Be physically ready and make a solid, ethical shot.”
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he days when big game hunters had to rely on dead reckoning to determine the distance to a trophy bull are long gone. Affordable laser rangefinders have taken much of the guesswork out of one of the most critical judgments a hunter needs to make. A laser rangefinder can help hunters sight-in their rifles, calculate the distance to prominent landmarks that are visible from a hunting stand and confirm the distance to a target. Their need is based on Newtonian physics, which maintains that no matter how high a projectile’s velocity, gravity exerts the same force on it as if it were dropped motionless. That means a bullet falls toward the ground from the moment it leaves the barrel. Steamboat Springs hunter Bill McKelvie says his Bushnell rangefinder is the first piece of equipment he turns to whenever he sets up in a new area for a stationary hunt. “As soon as I sit down in a spot, I get out my rangefinder,” he says. “I’ll pick out a clump of trees and find it’s 300 yards away and a big rock and find out it’s 400 yards away.” Before any elk come into view, McKelvie already has established valuable information that will let him assess whether his trophy is in range. Laser rangefinders made by such companies as Nikon, Tasco, Leica and Bushnell cost $170 to $3,000. They work by calculating the time it takes for a pulse of infrared light to travel from the device to the target and back. Utilizing a different technology from surveying instruments, which rely on light wavelengths, the narrower a rangefinder’s beam of light, the more accurate they are in bright light and haze. Hunters pay a premium for the narrowest laser beams.
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The first thing a rangefinder does is help hunters make ethical decisions about whether to take a shot. “You might see what appears to be a big trophy and think it’s at 400 yards and be tempted to take a shot,” McKelvie says. “But then your rangefinder says it’s actually at 700 yards.” Their effective use begins before heading into the field. Hunters go to the rifle range and select a distance at which to sight-in so they can adjust their scopes to account for gravity. They make decisions based on such factors as terrain, rifle type, bullet trajectory and comfort level with their marksmanship. Judgment also comes into play. It’s rare that a bull enters a clearing at precisely the distance a hunter has set his sights in the rangefinder. But when a hunter has used one to gauge the distance to a stand of trees and can quickly confirm target range, he or she is much better informed when deciding to set the crosshairs three inches above the kill zone.
archerY ranGeFinDers Rangefinders are crucial for archery hunters, also, especially ones with Angle Range Compensation. Arrows, unlike bullets, don’t travel in a straight trajectory if shot from long distances. “If the trajectory changes from a straight shot to an uphill or downhill shot, the ARC technology helps,” says local archery hunter Ben Rice, a former manager of Meeker’s Rocky Mountain Bow Strings. “With a 45- or 50-degree angle, the arrow has to travel an additional one to three yards. From 30, 40 or 50 yards out, knowing the exact trajectory with the ARC can be exceedingly helpful.”
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ColorAdo pArKs And WildliFe oUtreACh progrAM By Dave Buchanan
ometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and admit you don’t know everything. Most experienced elk hunters are quite happy with their level of expertise, even while admitting they don’t get an elk every year. Or even every other year. Or even ... According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, out of the roughly 218,000 elk hunters last year, a meager number went home with meat for the freezer. Some hunting seasons produce a higher success rate than others. For example, general-season rifle hunters killed elk at a 21 percent rate while the 112 hunters participating in the limited early high-country season bagged elk at an 88 percent rate, killing 99 elk. Those hunters participating in the Ranching For Wildlife program scored at 71 percent, including 1,256 bulls harvested. Even muzzleloaders, trying to get close enough to send a black-powder projectile into an elk, managed a 19-percent success rate. If you’re on the wrong end of those scores, wondering how to increase your chance of success,
CPW has a potential solution. Each summer the Northwest Region offers several “Elk Hunting 101” classes (as well as deer and pronghron hunting classes), free, one-night seminars co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Federation. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been hunting for years or this is your first time in the field, you will benefit from this seminar,” says Dick Severin, assistant hunter outreach coordinator for CPW. “We can’t guarantee success, but we can sure help you increase your chances.” Part of CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program, primarily aimed at inexperienced hunters, the classes cover a wide range of topics, including basic elk biology, what they eat, migration patterns and calling field dressing techniques. But even experienced hunters looking for an extra edge can use a refresher, and that’s where these Elk 101 and their partner Mule Deer 101 seminars come in. “Learning as much as you can about animals’ behavior is one of the most important things you can do,” says Severin. “And while they include a lot
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of great information, the discussions and exchange of experiences with other hunters and the instructors is also beneficial.” Specialized seminars such as “Field Dressing Big Game” are also offered. Perhaps the crown jewel is the Elk Hunting University, a free online resource offering elk-hunting tips to Colorado hunters from Colorado hunters through articles, videos and stories by experienced hunters. info: cpw.state.co.us
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aah, the preference point game. The coveted way to gain access to that oncein-a-lifetime, long-awaited trophy unit. But how do you play the game and best increase your chances? Following is an 10-tip rundown of how they work.
One preference point is awarded to hunters who apply properly and are unsuccessful in drawing a license for a first-choice hunt code for big-game species. You may apply for a preference point as your first-choice hunt code. Hunters who make an application error, including on first-choice hunt codes, do not get a point.
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Youths can apply for a point if they turn 12 by Dec. 31 of the application year.
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Priority goes to those with the most points, except when the license quota or non-resident cap would be exceeded.
If you are issued a first-choice license, all accumulated preference points for that species become void and return to zero. If unsuccessful for a first choice, your accumulated points will be listed on your refund, leftover-drawing application or other-choice license.
Points accumulate until you draw a first-choice license. If you fail to apply for or have not purchased a license during a 10-year period, all accumulated points for that species are purged from your record and become void.
Group application priority is based on the member with the fewest points.
Hunters will be automatically assessed $40 per species ($30 for resident deer and pronghorn) for a preference point unless they’ve purchased one of the following: an annual fishing, small-game, resident combination small-game and fishing, furbearer or a big-game license in the previous year; or a current limited license in the draw for the same species for which they seek a point. The point fee is waived for youths, lifetime license holders, free senior annual fishing license holders and residents in the military on active duty outside Colorado. Example: If a non-resident (who isn’t exempt from the fee) receives a point for all four species, they will be charged $160. A resident would be charged $140. If you’re charged the preference-point fee, it will be removed from your big-game application refund. To avoid the fee, you have until March 31, 2016, to purchase an annual fishing or small game license. Weighted preference increases your probability of drawing a moose license. It is calculated by converting your application number into a different application number, then dividing that new number by the amount of weighted points you have, plus one. Applications are sorted by this new number from lowest to highest; low numbers for each hunt code are awarded licenses. You can have a maximum of three points for moose. If you have three and you fail to draw a first-choice license, you receive weighted preference for moose.
Preference points are not transferable. Points are awarded for specific species, not by hunt codes or method of take.
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o home with a trophy, not a ticket. That’s the message from game wardens, who remind hunters that violations can result in fines and the loss of hunting privileges. “Know your responsibilities,” says wildlife manager Rick Basagoitia. “Wildlife laws are written for your safety and to protect a valuable resource.” Common violations include: not wearing fluorescent orange You must wear at least 500 inches of daylight fluorescent orange, plus a head covering of the same color. Camouflage orange or mesh orange do not qualify. carrying loaded firearms in or on vehicles Rifles must not have ammunition in the chamber while in or on any motor vehicles. For those riding
ATVs, weapons (rifles and bows) must also be in a closed case and fully unloaded (chamber and magazine). Most accidents involving firearms occur in or near vehicles. shooting from a road Before firing a shot, you must be at least 50 feet off of a designated state or county road, and just off Forest Service or BLM roads. license not voided After you kill an animal, you must void the license immediately. improperly attached carcass tag The carcass tag must be attached to the animal. The best way is to cut a hole in the hide and attach with a tie. It is OK to wait until you get back to camp or to your vehicle to attach the carcass tag.
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no evidence of sex Be sure to leave evidence of sex naturally attached to the carcass. Evidence includes the head, the ovum or the scrotum. Wasting game meat Big game meat can begin to spoil at 38 degrees. To keep the carcass cool, remove the hide as soon as possible after the kill to allow air to circulate around the meat. Reduce the mass of the carcass by quartering and/or boning the meat. Place the meat in a cooler quickly (don’t hang outside for more than 36 hours). shooting a spike-antlered elk Hunters who hold a cow elk tag sometimes shoot spike bulls. Be sure of your target; it can often be diﬃcult to see spike antlers. If you’re not absolutely sure, don’t shoot. illegal tagging You can only place a tag on an animal that you shot (no trading tags with other license holders).
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Western coloraDo GuiDes & outFitters 2V outfitters, ltd.
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adams lodge outfitters
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aspen Way llama rentals
North of Colorado Highway 134 (Gore range) 970-724-9629
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beaver creek outfitters
Craig-based outfitter with full-service guided elk and deer hunts (archery, muzzleloader 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. 19362 Glacier Road, Clearbrook, Minnesota 218-368-3679 www.huntbeavercreek.com
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P.O. Box 172, Maybell 970-272-3284 www.behrmanoutfitting.com
big Gulch ranching for Wildlife P.O. Box 1342, Craig 970-824-6933 www.bgwildlife.com
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Archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts. GMUs 3, 301, 4, 13, 131, 211, 441. Over 20 years outfitting hunters in Craig. Ranching for wildlife hunts also available. 42755 Routt County Road 8 970-826-4468 email@example.com www.bigrack.com
biggerstaﬀ Guides & outfitters P.O. Box 23187, Glade Park 970-210-1032 biggerstaﬀguides@yahoo.com www.biggerstaﬀguides.com
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buck Mountain outfitters
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code of the West outfitters
High country fishing and big game hunting trips as well as summer pack trips and cabin stays. Our guides are friendly, courteous professionals who are medic First Aid-trained. 2655 Rio Blanco County Road 12, Meeker 970-878-0233 or 970-688-0249 www.codeofthewestoutfitters.com
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Offering guided hunts for archery, muzzleloader and rifle. Elk, deer, moose, antelope, bear and coyote are present with the majority of the hunting concentrated on our outstanding elk hunting. Thompson Ranch in GMU 17, Rand, 970-481-4354 www.coloradoelkoutfitter.com
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20474 Rio Blanco County Road 8, Meeker (20 miles east of Meeker) 970-878-4745
P.O. Box 312, Yampa (45 minutes south of Steamboat) 970-846-1449 or 970-638-4239 www.cohighlonesome.com
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We have been in business since 2002 and are individually owned and operated. Booked hunts are on private land, some tracts border BLM and National Forest. Located in Slater, 866-210-2445 or 803-730-4176 www.coloradohunterservices.com
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Private land hunts available for handicap and youth hunters and military veterans. 501 Cedar Mountain Ave., Craig, 303-726-5975
Western ColorAdo gUides & oUtFitters P.O. Box 447, Winnsboro, Louisiana 318-435-5029 or 318-376-5043 www.coloradoprivateranches.com
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Colorado Twin Peaks private ranches offers unguided private ranch hunts on private properties located in Southeast Colorado in hunt units 85, 133, 134 and 64/65. Southern Colorado offers elk hunters some of the best trophy elk hunting found in the entire state. Franklin, West Virginia 304-358-3252 or 304-668-2147 www.coloradotwinpeaks.com
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coulter lake Guest ranch
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855 Moﬀat County Road 78, Craig, 970-824-9334 www.elk-craigwildbunch.com
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David r. seely outfitting
1826 Colorado Highway 394, Craig, 970-824-4288
Del’s triangle 3 ranch
Del’s has been in continuous operation in North Routt County since 1962, offering full-service, five-day hunts as well as drop camps deep into 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 www.steamboathorses.com
Diamond Peak cattle co., llc
Guided archery, muzzleloading and rifle hunts offered in the premier GMUs 2 and 201 for trophy bull elk, mule deer and antelope based
Attention to detail throughout this custom built home on 35 acres. Spacious living, complete with a full guest suite on the lower level, with separate entrance. Home offers an attached two car garage plus an additional 960 sq. ft. barn/shop with caretaker quarters and full bath. Ideal gentleman’s ranch, vacation getaway or corporate retreat!
Year round outdoor recreation for everyone! Home is tucked away in a tranquil setting with incredible views of the Flattops and Eagle Rock. Close proximity to hunting, fishing, and world class skiing. Property is conveniently located between the Vail Valley and Steamboat Springs, with easy access to Eagle and Hayden airports. #140404
Broker/Owner 970-846-9591 www.SteamboatArea.com
106 E. Main Street, Oak Creek, CO
Hunters’ One-Stop Shopping • Hunting & Fishing Licenses • Hunting & Fishing Supplies • Camping Supplies • Sporting Goods • 24 hours • Auto Wash • Self Service Wash • Vacuums
Self Serve & Automatic Car Washes accept all major credit cards.
• Propane • Coleman Fuel • Binoculars
Samuelson Don’t Leave a trace of your hunting fun!
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43300 Highway 13 Meeker, Colorado 970-878-3528 456 Breeze St. Craig, CO 970-824-6683 2015 | colorado Hunter
colorado Private ranches
Western ColorAdo gUides & oUtFitters out of historic lodge at base of Diamond Peak. 2991 Pine Ridge Drive, Craig 970-824-5750 or 970-326-8620 www.trophy-elk-hunting.com
Dunckley Peak outfitters and Pack service
P.O. Box 935, Craig, 970-824-8257 www.billscabin.com
eagle’s nest outfitting
P.O. Box 1168, Craig , 970-826-4383 www.eaglesnestoutfitting.com
north of Steamboat), 800-750-6220 www.elkriverguestranch.com
Fawn Gulch outfitters
P.O. Box 727 Pagosa Springs 970-264-5266, Fax: 970-264-2123 TroyRoss@FawnGulchOutfitters.com www.fawngulchoutfitters.com
Feisty Fins outfitters
1427 Airport Road, Rifle, 970-319-5679
Fish & cross ranch Pack country outfitters
53 Garfield County Road 223, Rifle, 970-625-2131 rifleareachamber.chambermaster.com
24300 Routt County Road 11, Yampa (45 minutes south of Steamboat), 970-638-1064 www.packcountryoutfitters.com
elkhead Mountain lodge, llc
Fish creek outfitters, llc
ed chamberlain horse rentals
Offering DIY hunting for elk, deer and bear with convenient lodging complete with amenities. Operating northeast of Craig in the Elkhead Mountain Range 814-758-9278 (Jeﬀ ); 814-229-5238 (Shawn) www.elkheadmountainlodge.com
37399 N. Colorado Highway 13, Craig 970-824-7392 www.elkhornoutfitters.com
elk river Guest ranch
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
3600 Archuleta County Road 359, Pagosa Springs 970-946-1888 email@example.com www.fishcreekoutfitters.com
Five springs ranch Guide and outfitters 29550 Colorado Highway 131, Steamboat Springs 970-879-0868 www.5springsranch.com
Frosty acres ranch
Mostly trespass-fee elk, deer and antelope hunts (archery, muzzleloading and rifle) on 15,000 private acres of GMUs 4 and 301, with private lodging. 41380 N. Colorado Highway 13, Craig 970-824-8935 www.frostyacres-craig.com
Big game Hunting Summer Pack triPS
the Gunnison country Guide service P.O. Box 1443, Gunnison 970-641-2830 or 970-209-7104 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coloradoguideandoutfitter.com
h & h Processing and outfitting 68656 Colorado Highway 64, Meeker 970-878-5126 or 970-878-5151 www.handhoutfitting.com
hester hunting company
1367 Eagle Ave., Kremmling 970-724-9746 www.hesterhuntingcompany.webs.com
high country cabin at Flat tops ranch 15805 County Road 245, New Castle 970-379-5080 www.colorado-high-country-cabin.com
high Desert ranch & outfitting 405 Hill Drive, Craig 970-629-1760 www.highdesertoutfitting.com
56860 OE Road, Collbran, 970-487-3731 email@example.com www.hillsguideservice.com
hodiak outfitters & Wildlife solutions P.O. Box 1638, Arboles 970-883-5401 or 970-799-3641 www.hodiak.com
2050 Chapman Lane, Craig 970-824-8549 www.homesteadhunts.net
hubbard creek outfitters & Pack station, llc
P.O. Box 25, Hotchkiss, 970-872-3818 www.hubbardcreek.com
ivory tip outfitters
774 Park Court, Craig, 970-629-1361 www.ivorytip-outfitters.com
J & ray colorado high country, inc
high sierra expeditions, llc
236 S. Third Street, PMB 331, Montrose 970-249-6334 or 970-275-3383 firstname.lastname@example.org www.highsierraexpeditions.com
highlands unlimited, inc
hills Guide service
3931 La Plata County Road 122, Hesperus 970-247-8443 email@example.com www.highlandsunlimited.com
8360 6400 Road, Montrose, 970-323-0115 Prfranks55@yahoo.com www.sportsmansdream.com
Archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts in the White River and Routt National Forests. Fully guided tent and cabin hunts, drop camp hunts. GMU 12 P.O. Box 569, Meeker 800-230-HUNT (4868) www.jbarhoutfitters.com
an aDventure worth planning for full Service guided hunts on private & public land
Proudly offering quality hunting experiences since 1998.
“thank you” ou” to our many wonderful clients; we appreciate your business. www.JBarHoutfitters.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
licenSed | Bonded | Fully inSured | licenSe #2758 Permittee in the White river and routt national Forests. equal opportunity Service Provider.
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Quality hunting in a high opportunity area for Deer & elk license #858 Daniel Johnson 1192 north Johnson road Craig, Colorado 81625 970-824-7874 970-326-7575
Western ColorAdo gUides & oUtFitters 1436 N Road, Loma 970-858-6586 or 970-270-2112 email@example.com www.cassidyoutfitters.com
J.c. trujillo Guide & outfitter 54768 Rio Blanco County Road 8 (28 miles south of Hayden) 970-276-3300 or 928-533-6624
300 Rio Blanco County Road 75, Meeker (30 miles east of Meeker), 970-878-4749 www.jmloutfitters.com
James creek outfitters
396 Colorado Highway 13, Meeker 970-824-6939 www.jamescreekoutfitters.com
Jeﬀcoat ranch & outfitters P.O. Box 97, Hamilton 970-824-3757 jeﬀcoat20@wreawildblue.org
3699 Moﬀat County Road 13, Craig 970-824-7161
keys Guide & outfitting, llc P.O. Box 1080 Clifton 970-216-7899 firstname.lastname@example.org www.keysoutfitting.com
knight canyon outfitters, inc
louisiana Purchase ranch outfitters P.O. Box 206, Meeker 970-272-3006 www.louisianapurchaseranch.com www.shootelk.com
luark ranch & outfitters
A taste of the Old West with base camp for big game hunting on King Mountain. 2834 Luark Road, Burns 970-653-4324 www.luarkranch.com/hunting.htm
M & M elk ranch
Offering a wide range of products from custom steaks to specialty dog treats. Also offering the opportunity to shoot your own elk. 50803 Meadow Lane, Steamboat Springs 970-879-5200 www.mmelkranch.com P.O. Box 1020, Craig, 970-824-5812 email@example.com
Majestic trophy outfitters
Fully guided and semi-guided archery, muzzleloading and rifle hunts for deer, elk, antelope and predators on 2,500 private acres of scrub oak and mixed terrain 20 miles south of Craig (GMUs 3, 12 and 301). Also offers interpretive ATV tours and survival classes for all ages. 711 Desperado Road, Bailey, 970-620-0098 www.majestictrophy.net
Middle creek ranch Middle creek ranch outfitters
28310 Routt County Road 31, Oak Creek (25 miles south of Steamboat) 970-879-7353
lamicq Guides & outfitters, inc.
Over 8,000 acres of excellent private land hunting in the Williams Fork Valley. In addition to having a large year round resident elk and deer population, the ranch is located on natural migration routes of the large White River elk and deer herds. 6148 Colorado Highway 317, Hamilton 970-824-9317 www.lazy-v-box.com
lazy F bar ranch & outfitters, inc. 970-641-3313 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lazybfbarranch.com
lobo outfitters, llc
Myers hunting service
4821 A Highway 84, Pagosa Springs 970-264-5546 or 970-264-2812 email@example.com www.lobooutfitters.com
nine Mile Guest ranch
lone tom outfitting
northern colorado outfitters
50735 Colorado Highway 13, Meeker 970-878-4656 www.ninemileguestranch.com
Elk, deer, mountain lion and antelope lodgebased hunts (archery, muzzleloader and rifle) and drop camps on public and private lands. Also offers fishing and pack trips and horse rentals. 12888 Rio Blanco County Road 8, Meeker 970-878-5122 www.lonetom.com
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. www.northerncoloradooutfitters.com
P.O. Box 631, Meeker, 970-878-5822 www.meekercolorado.com/oakridge
28925 Routt County Road 14, Steamboat Springs 970-879-4026
lost solar outfitters
25 Valley View Drive, Craig 970-824-3657 or 970-620-1511 www.lostsolaroutfitters.com
801 east Victory Way, craig, co 970.824.2962 northwest-pawn.com
P.O. Box 404, Norwood 970-327-4614 or 970-729-1806 firstname.lastname@example.org www.knightcanyonoutfitters.com 635 19 ½ Road, Grand Junction 970-243-1082
Guns, Ammo, sportinG Goods, And HuntinG Licenses
Sarah Buckles Larner Custom Elk Ivory Jewelry
email@example.com • (970) 879-3880
Sand Springs Archery
oak ridge outfitters
7500 Gunnison County Road 3, Marble 970-963-5525 firstname.lastname@example.org www.outwestguides.com
970-824-0139 970-756-9315 cell 80 East 4th St. Craig, CO 81625 Allen Jenkins, owner email@example.com 2015 | colorado Hunter
Jack cassidy, colorado big Game hunts, llc
Western ColorAdo gUides & oUtFitters over the hill outfitters, inc
4140 La Plata County Road 234, Durango 970-247-1694 or 970-385-7656 firstname.lastname@example.org www.overthehilloutfitters.com
129 Grand County Road 12, Kremmling 866-724-3616
Peak to creek outfitters, inc
red Feather Guides & outfitters
Pinnacle Peak adventures, llc
rocky Mountain ranches
P.O. Box 123 Cortez, 970-739-0892 dcpottorﬀ@fone.net gohunt.com/outfitter/pinyon-outfitters-llc
r&r ranch of colorado
Colorado’s finest big game hunting. Trophy mule deer, huge elk populations, black bear and mountain lion. Join us for the hunt of a lifetime! GMU 42. 67290 E. La Salle Road, Montrose 970-249-4242 email@example.com www.huntsilverspuroutfitters.com
P.O. Box 1040, Craig, 970-824-5539 or 970-824-9474 firstname.lastname@example.org www.seelyhunting.com
seven lakes lodge
11808 Rio Blanco County Road 8, Meeker 970-878-3249
6855 W. 33rd Ave., Wheat Ridge 970-439-1894 www.rockymountainhunting.com
sheep creek ranch outfitters
roosters Guide & outfitting adventures
970-283-8919 or 970-618-7203 raycogburn@roostersguideandoutfitting adventures.com www.roostersguideandoutfittingadventures.com
sable Mountain outfitters
Guided elk, deer and bear hunts (archery, muzzle-loading and rifle) on 11,000 acres of public and private lands in GMU 22. P.O. Box 2463, Meeker, 970-878-4757 email@example.com www.sheepcreekhunts.com
10955 Moﬀat County Road 57, Maybell 970-272-3553 or 970-620-3993 www.sheltonranch.com
5100 Rio Blanco County Road 4, Meeker 970-878-4765 www.sablemountainoutfitters.com
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. Steamboat Springs, 970-846-5877 www.silvercreek-outfitters.com
37350 Routt County Road 179 (15 miles west of Steamboat) 970-879-3711 www.saddlebackranch.net
P.O. Box 5481, Pagosa Springs 970-264-9576 or 970-946-2976 firstname.lastname@example.org www.silverdollaroutfitters.com
silver spur outfitters, llc reg.
seely hunting services
P.O. Box 223, Rangely 970-675-2619 www.coloradorimrockoutfitters.com
silver Dollar outfitters
skiles Guest & hunting ranch P.O. Box 12, Burns, 970-653-4329
snowmass creek outfitters
3610 Capital Creek Road, Snowmass 970-704-0707 www.snowmasscreekoutfitters.com
Rents horses for all seasons, including tack and delivery/pick-up within a 50-mile radius of one of the Sombero camps. Guided 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 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat (base of Howelsen Hill, behind the rodeo grounds), 970-879-2306; Meeker White River Horse Camp – 12900 Rio
10202 S.W. 138 St., Archer, Florida, 352-538-7094 www.rrranchco.com
137 Grand County Road 39, Kremmling 970-531-2008 www.reedercreek.com
rim rock outfitters
Pinyon outfitters, llc
P.O. Box 868, Fraser, 970-726-8221 www.samuelsonoutfitters.com
reeder creek ranch
P.O. Box 1986, Bayfield 970-884-0199, Fax: 970-884-0199 email@example.com www.peaktocreekoutfitters.com
Enjoy a memorable mule deer, elk or antelope hunt on two working ranches with approximately 6,000 acres of private land located in Northwest Colorado in management unit 4. Our property is very accessible, and by allowing only four to six hunters per season on 6,000 acres, we provide a very unique, private hunting experience. 2951 Moﬀat County Road 18N, Craig 970-824-9269 www.huntpinnacle.com
49794 Colorado Highway 14, Walden 970-723-4204 (summer and fall) or 970-524-5054 (winter and spring), www.redfeatherguides.com
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For Information or Reservations, Please Contact: don & Phyllis Myers 6148 State Highway 317, Hamilton, CO 81638 (970) 824-9317 firstname.lastname@example.org
Western ColorAdo gUides & oUtFitters email@example.com www.coloradoguideandoutfitter.com
steamboat lake outfitters
128 E. Third St., Rifle 970-625-GUNS (4867) www.625guns.com
P.O. Box 749, Clark, 970-319-4866 www.steamboatlakeoutfitters.com
sundown outfitters rio Grande outfitters
third Generation outfitters
Pagosa Springs 970-219-7523 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thirdgenerationoutfitters.com
29420 Elk Horn Lane (three miles north of Steamboat) 970-879-0954 www.sunsetranchinc.com
three Forks ranch
P.O. Box 69, Savery, Wyoming 970-583-7396 www.threeforksranch.com
superior Guide service
5801 Colorado Highway 394, Craig, 970-824-4767 www.wehuntcolorado.com
timberline sporting Goods
124 W. Second St., Rifle, 970-625-HUNT (4868) www.timberlinesports.com
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 303-838-8437
triple track hunting
108 Reigel School Road, Rimesburg, Pennsylvania 814-229-4514 email@example.com
P.O. Box 246, Gunnison 800-641-0504 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tenderfoot-outfitters.com
P.O. Box 91, Hamilton (20 miles north of Meeker) 970-756-5000 www.tripletrackllc.com
the Gunnison country Guide service
448 Moﬀat County Road 41, Hamilton 970-824-6758 www.coloradooutdoors.com
P.O. Box 1443, Gunnison 970-641-2830
Blanco County Road 8, Meeker, 970-878-4382; 303-442-0258 www.sombrero.com
Like us on Facebook! 105 E. Victory Way • Craig, CO 81625 • 970-824-3445 www.americannorthwestrealty.com
Here for all of your Hunting Property needs!
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Elk Liquor until Open on 11pm ys! a Sund 1111 W. Victory Way ∙ 970-824-6779 Behind Village Inn- Inside the Centennial Mall (West end)
Largest Beer Cooler in Craig! 19 Doors
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SPORTS SPIRITS & SPARERIBS Dine in or Carry Out 210 E. Victory Way 970-826-0468
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Pet Boarding Science Diet Pet Food
577 Yampa Ave. Downtown Craig 970.824.8148
Your hunt for the perfect
Boning Knife ends here!
Kelly Hepworth, D.V.M. Gary Visintainer, D.V.M. Bear Creek Labradors 2430 E. Victory Way Craig, Colo. www.bclabradors.com (970) 824-5964 (970) 824-7567 fax all major Credit Cards accepted
Wilderness tracks Guides and outfitters
Horse boarding. 14938 U.S. Highway 40, Kremmling 630-632-9134 www.whiteleypeakranch.com
P.O. Box 771710, Steamboat Springs 970-879-6164 www.vanattaoutfitters.com
Knives, Jerky Seasonings, & More!
ANIMAL HOSPITAL We Care for them aLL!
Whiteley Peak ranch
P.O. Box 16, Cowdrey (22 miles north of Walden) 970-723-4000 www.trophymountainranch.com
Large to Small
trophy Mountain elk ranch
Owner Mary Kreuger Guided elk hunts, game management unit 11, private and BLM land. P.O. Box 1195, Meeker 970-878-4138 www.villaranchcolorado.com
Quality hunting in a high opportunity area for deer and elk. We control the number of sportsmen on our hunts to assure an enjoyable experience in a secluded area on private land and some public land. 1192 North Johnson Road, Craig, 970-824-7874 or 970-326-7575
Wild skies Four season cabin rentals 970-926-0216 www.wildskies.com
W3 outfitters (dba: chuck Davies Guide service)
Williams Peak ranch
500 12 Mile Gulch Road, Elk Springs 970-272-3002
1330 Grand County Road 315, Parshall 970-725-3282 www.williamspeakranch.com
Warriors in the Wild
Yampa Valley outfitters
P.O. Box 910, Craig (nine miles north of Maybell) 970-824-2102, 706-595-1044 or 706-990-9030
Base Camp 40 www.bc40hunts.com
Wauntia hot springs ranch
8007 Gunnison County Road 887, Gunnison 970-641-1266 www.waunita.com
Welder outfitting services P.O. Box 823, Meeker 970-878-4559 www.welderoutfitters.com
Voted Moffat County’s Best Taxidermist 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Mark Zimmerman Award Winning Taxidermy Artist Masters Best of Category - Gamehead Masters Best of Category - Pronghorn Outfitter’s Choice Award Best Mule Deer Best Elk Award Taxidermist Choice People’s Choice Mayor’s Choice Woody Award - Excellence in Taxidermy Artisan Award Taxidermist Choice - Best of Show
“Our Aim Is Perfection” 1445 Yampa Ave. - Craig CO 81625 970.826.2997 / 970.629.0130 cell www.bullseyetaxidermy.com 118 | visit www.coHunter.com for more
Move Your Game! Front & Rear Bumpers Livestock Racks Headache Racks Tailgates Aluminum Bumpers Flatbed Installation Receiver Hitch Installation Winch Installation Custom Welding Spray In Bed Liner
350 Russell Street Craig, CO 81625 970-824-2423 jacksbumpers.com
Meeker, MaYbell, haMilton, ranGelY, Dinosaur Gear, GooDs & suPPlies bear creek animal hospital
Our three staff veterinarians can take care of all of your animals, whether it’s your child’s hamster or your horse that needs our help. We provide all traditional veterinary services, plus we are available 24 hours a day for emergency care. 2430 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-5964 www.bearcreekanimalhospital.com
big o tires craig
Voted Moffat County’s Best Tire Store, the Craig Big O Tires is your No. 1 center for tires, wheels, service and savings. 1111 W. Victory Way, Suite 128, Craig 970-824-2446, www.bigotires.com/Location/CO/ Craig/81625/006241
Locally owned Chevrolet, Subaru, and Ford dealerships. 24 hour towing, service, and sales. Body shop and parts department. 1776 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-2100 www.cookchevrolet.com
camouflage apparel. 801 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-2962 www.northwest-pawn.com
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
Murdoch’s ranch & home supply
Ammunition, fishing and hunting licenses, cookware, coolers, deer carts, sleds, camping gear, knives, saws and a full line 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 www.murdochs.com
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 www.axisleather.qpg.com
sand springs archery
Archery equipment and supplies 80 E. Fourth St., Craig, 970-824-0139
brothers custom Processing
Tires, service and more. 1247 E. U.S. Highway 40, Craig, 970-824-7094
t&h napa auto Parts
400 Taylor St., Craig, 970-824-3284 www.napaonline.com/co/craig
One of the largest selections of firearms in Northwest Colorado with a huge selection of ammunition, archery equipment, knives, cleaning and reloading supplies and
Brother’s Custom Processing is Northwest Colorado’s premier wildgame processor. With a combined 50 years of experience processing game, our staff can help to put the finishing touches on your hunt of a lifetime. 383 E. First St., Craig 970-824-3855 www.brothersprocessing.com
us tractor and harvest
U. S. Tractor and Harvest sells and services John Deere new and used tractors, combines, lawn & garden, work products, John Deere replacement parts, and John Deere AMS (GPS) products. 3025 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-6163 www.ustractor.com
Meat ProcessinG & taXiDerMY
northwest Pawn shop
axis leather Works
Pick up a tanned, hair-on or rawhide while in
Bullseye Taxidermy will provide the personal commitment and artistic quality, to bring your trophy to realistic measures. We strive for higher presentation standards and leading composition designs. All of the pieces we produce have the latest materials and technology available 1445 Yampa Ave., Craig 970-826-2997 www.bullseyetaxidermy.com
custom Quality Meats
1430 N. Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-4668
– Parts Appliances – Service - Mattresses Cabinets – Furniture 4-6945 583 Yampa Avenue Craig, CO 81625
Stop in today and visit with the tire professionals at
Bridgestone • Firestone • Yokohama • Continental • General • Cooper
Craig Powersports opened in 1999. Just as it was then, our goal is to be the most courteous and professional powersports dealer in Colorado.
As a result, we have become the state’s largest side-by-side dealer! Give us a call or come on in and let us help you in the snow, on the trail or on the road! 2607 E. U.S. Highway 40, Craig 970-826-0060 www.craigpowersports.com
Office 970-82 Fax 970-824-2174
Kitchen & Bath
519 Yampa Ave. | Craig, CO 81625
The Embroidery Shoppe, LLC MOBILE SERVICE AVAILABLE!
1247 East US HWY 40 Craig CO 81625
T-shirts ¤ Sweatshirts ¤ Jackets Custom Stickers ¤ Vests ¤ Hats Full embroidery services available with 24-hour turnaround
(970) 824-6770 email@example.com 2015 | colorado Hunter
CrAig region [MeeKer, MAYBell, hAMilton, rAngelY, dinosAUr] Gunsmoke taxidermy and school
At our school, learn how to mount big-game animals in Craig, Colorado. We are also the home of a professional taxidermy studio. 37339 N. Colorado Highway 13, Craig 970-826-4293 www.gunsmoketaxidermy.com
Mountain Man taxidermy
Mountain Man Taxidermy, established in 1991, has been serving hunters of Northwest Colorado for nearly 20 years. Located in Craig, the Elk Hunting Capitol of the World. 1176 Yampa Ave., Craig 970-824-4910 www.mtnmantaxidermy.com
owl ridge taxidermy
36220 N. Colorado Highway 13, Craig 970-846-5908
rangely true Value hardware
105 W. Main St., Rangely, 970-675-2454
samuelson’s true Value hardware & lumber
Offering quality tools, products and expert advice, Samuelson’s True Value is your one stop destination for all your hardware and hunting/ sporting needs. 43900 Colorado Highway 13, Meeker 970-878-3528 ww3.truevalue.com/samuelson/Home.aspx
samuelson true Value hardware 456 Breeze St., Craig, 970-824-6683 www.truevalue.com/samuelson
Valley ace hardware
401 E. Market St., Meeker, 970-878-4608
505 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-6515
Open 24 hours, offering all products including grocery and hunting/sporting. 2000 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-0340 www.walmart.com
colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
P.O. Box 1181, Meeker 970-878-6090
609 Main St., Walden, 970-723-4246
1198 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-2966
loaf ‘n Jug store
101 W. Brontosaurus Blvd., Dinosaur 970-374-2461
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 www.bearsears.com
Glenwood springs Gun club
appreciate spacious suites and amenities like: Free high-speed wireless internet, free weekday newspaper, full service restaurant and lounge 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, Craig, 970-824-4000 www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-craig-coloradoCO295
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
cool Water Grille
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 Colorado Highway 13, P.O. Box 1325, Meeker (4.5 miles southwest of Meeker on Colo. 13), 970-878-3456 www.meekersportsmansclub.com
American dining for breakfast and lunch. Open early to fill you up before the hunt begins. Award-winning Bloody Mary’s. 337 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-1756 Restaurant, bar/lounge and motel. 210 Penland St., Baggs, Wyoming, 307-383-2200 www.thecowboyinn.com
loDGinG & DininG
Voted Best Liquor Store in Moffat County four years running. Great selection. 539 E. Victory Way, Craig 970-826-0071 www.explorecraig.com/marketplace/craig/ businesses/eastside-liquor
carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta
We are a pizzeria combined with fine Italian dining. We offer full service bar, with unique rotating micro-brews. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Voted Best Lunch and Dinner Restaurant for 2014 and 2015. 465 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-6868
clarion inn and suites
Enjoy the numerous amenities offered at Clarion Inn and Suites® in Craig, Colorado. You’ll
1111 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-6679
elk run inn
Allow the Elk Run Inn to be your home when you are here. Eat out only if you want to, all our units have full kitchens. We are conveniently located in the center of town. Everything is close by; grocery stores, restaurants, liquor stores, post oﬃce, shopping, churches and internet access at the library next door. We look forward to seeing
Freezers Available in Every Size Even
We also have Crystal Cold propane Refrigerators and Freezers
Freezers! Come see our selection of GE, Frigidare, & Speed Queens Appliances!
Best of Moffat County 2015:
Dinner • Lunch • Pizza Italian • Sandwich (TheDC) Vino, Craft Beer, & Full Bar 970.824.9380 211 W. 4th St. Craig
465 Yampa Ave. Craig 970-824-6868
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hampton inn and suites
Join us each morning for Hampton’s free hot breakfast. Even if you’re in a rush, simply grab one of our free Hampton On the Run® Breakfast Bags, available Monday through Friday, for a quick, healthy meal to go. Free high-speed internet access . 377 Cedar Court, Craig, 970-826-9900 hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/ hampton-inn-and-suites-craig-CIGCOHX/index. html
JW snack’s Gulf coast bar & Grill
Delicious food and a fun environment with sports, spirits and spare ribs. 210 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-826-0468 www.jwsnacks.com
Casual Mexican Grill offering fast, fresh, and authentic Mexican cuisine. 994 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-5051
Year round full-service camping. No reservations required. U.S. Highway 40, Maybell, 970-272-3261
Free wi-fi, refrigerators and television in all rooms, centrally located in downtown Craig. 224 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-8171
A consumer owned non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving parts of Rio Blanco, Garfield and Moffat counties. 233 SIxth St., P.O. Box 958, Meeker, 970-878-5041 www.white-river-electric-association.org
105 E. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-3445 www.americannorthwestrealty.com
country living realty
Pioneers Medical Center has served Meeker
Experts on Craig and Moffat County real estate with over 60 years experience. Offering residential real estate, recreational and mountain property, land, and ranches. 840 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-7086 www.brasskey-realty.com We are a full service real estate oﬃce offering experienced professional services when buying or selling residential, commercial, vacant land, and farm/ranch. We also provide fast, eﬃcient property management tailored to fit your needs. 304 W. Victory Way, Craig 970-824-0223 www.craigcorealty.com
Available packages include our European Plan for private lodge rental to individual groups and our popular American Plan that includes lodging, camp cook and food. Amenities include comfortable beds, washer and dryer, satellite TV, wood and propane heating, refrigerator/freezer, stove and on-demand hot water!
Hayden Outdoors represents the finest real estate for sale, including farm, ranch and recreational properties across the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. From legacy ranches to farms and cropland, luxury real estate to recreational land, we can help you buy or sell your next property. 1204 W. Ash St., Unit A, Windsor, 970-674-1990 www.haydenoutdoors.com
Western exposures realty, llc
1033 Market St., Meeker, 970-878-5877 westernexposures.net
814-758-9278 or 814-229-5238 See Website for Rates
Providing health care to the communities of Moffat County, offering a variety of general care and specialty services. 750 Hospital Loop, Craig, 970-824-9411 www.thememorialhospital.com
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other suPPortinG businesses
the Memorial hospital
No long drives to get to your hunting area. You will be eating and sleeping in Elk country!
brass key realty
A unique college located in a spectacular part of Colorado with a new state-of-the-art campus in Craig. Within three new energy eﬃcient buildings, you may study Nursing in our fully accredited program; work in a number of certificate areas in Automotive Technology; enroll in Massage Therapy and Cosmetology courses; and more. 2801 W. Ninth St., Craig, 800-562-1105 www.cncc.edu/cms/
Budget friendly lodging packages available for DIY Elk, Deer and Bear Hunting
Rangely is “A Great Place to Live”. It’s also a great place to visit, vacation and explore. The Town of Rangely hosts excellent overnight accommodations and restaurants. We pride ourselves on making our visitors feel welcome and hope that your stay in our community is memorable. 290 E. Main St., Rangely, 970-675-5290 www.rangelychamber.com
colorado northwestern community college
(Directly Bordering the Routt National Forest)
rangely chamber of commerce
Specialty Mexican food and margaritas. A locals favorite. 1111 W. Victory Way, Craig, 970-824-9812 www.explorecraig.com/marketplace/businesses/ vallartas-restaurant-mexican-cuisine “Enjoy Craig , Colorado… and when your head gets heavy, head Westward!” Free WIFI available, fridge and microwave in rooms. 517 E. Victory Way, P.O. Box 1206, Craig 970-824-3413 or 970-326-5500
Elkhead Mountain Lodge
White river electric association, inc.
The owner and employing broker of Backcountry Realty is a third generation Meeker native and has been a Colorado real estate broker since 1980. Steve and his oﬃce are at your service. Specializing in properties in the Meeker area and the beautiful White River Valley of Northwestern Colorado. 1130 Market St., Meeker, 970-878-4715 www.backcountryrealty.com
Do - It - Yourself
and Rio Blanco counties for more than 65 years. Area residents, workers and visitors count on Pioneers Medical Center to provide quality healthcare that includes a full-service hospital and Level IV emergency department, the Meeker Family Health Center. 100 Pioneers Medical Center Drive, Meeker 970-878-5047 www.pioneershospital.org
you on your next visit to Craig! 627 W. Victory Way, Craig 970-826-4444 or 888-696-9720 www.elkruninn.com
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Colorado T-Shirts “We Custom Print”
Bring home a souvenir T-Shirt from Colorado • T-Shirts • Jewelry • Purses • Miss Me Jeans
• Antler Jewelry • Colorado Mugs • Souvenirs • Caps • Sweatshirts • Coasters • Candles
Headquarters for BS
Quality Deer & Elk Hunting!
506 Yampa Ave. • Downtown Craig, CO • 970-824-4246
Gunsmoke Taxidermy Quality Work • Great Prices
Best Prices in the Area! 37399 N Hwy. 13 • Craig, CO 81625 970-826-4293
Check out our Taxidermy School at: www.gunsmoketaxidermy.com Enjoy Craig, Colorado, & when your head gets heavy
Free WIFI, fridge and microwave in rooms
517 E. Victory Way Craig, CO 81625 Front Desk 970-824-3413 Cell 970-326-5500
Steve Wix - Broker Owner and Meeker Native Andrea Thiessen ~ Broker & Realtor Rachel Gates ~ Broker & Realtor
1130 MARKET STREET IN MEEKER, COLORADO …
For all of your real estate needs in Meeker and beautiful White River Valley. Commercial & Investment Ranches Residential Hunting and Recreational Properties See our listings with pictures on our web site at www.backcountryrealty.com P.O. Box 2107 • 1130 Market St. • Meeker, Colorado 81641 970-878-4715 • Fax 878-4780 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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range Global services
“We custom print.” We have a large selection of Colorado T-shirts, jewelry, Miss Me jeans, antler jewelry, and much more. Headquarters for BS Outfitters Quality Deer & Elk Hunting. 506 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-4246
With a satellite phone from Range Global Services, all of your equipment and airtime service is included in one low monthly fee. There is no upfront purchase of equipment required. As an RGS customer, you also get peace of mind with the “Full Range Service Plan.” 888-386-9517, www.idgeurope.com
At Intermountain Appliance we inventory the area’s largest inventory of appliances. Whether you are looking for a washer and dryer, refrigerator, cook top, dishwasher, oven or stove — we have you covered. 583 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-6945
Northwest Colorado’s unique trading post. We carry a large variety of gifts, jewelry, art, etc. 1111 W. Victory Way, Suite 134, Craig 970-824-2844 www.explorecraig.com/marketplace/craig/ businesses/spirit-pass
Miller Family appliance
super Wash, inc.
Serving all your appliance needs for 10 years! This family-owned business carries everything from stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washer and dryers and more. They offer outstanding customer service and products that will benefit your family. 211 W. Fourth St., 970-824-9380
Offering custom bumpers & headache racks for pickups, SUVs and semis; winches, lights, tow hooks and receivers. 350 Russell St., Craig, 970-824-2423 www.jacksbumpers.com
Pack center shipping
Offering UPS and FedEx packing and shipping services. 509 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-7957
The nation’s premier turnkey car wash company. 1635 W. Victory Way, Craig 970-826-0731 www.superwash.com
the embroidery shoppe
519 Yampa Ave., Craig 970-824-6770 www.explorecraig.com/marketplace/craig/ businesses/embroidery-shoppe
the kitchen shop
A locally owned kitchen and gift shop. We carry a wide variety of knives, gifts, beer-making supplies and unique items. 577 Yampa Ave., Craig 970-824-8148 facebook.com/thekitchenshopofcraig
Pastor Linda Taylor | email@example.com
Come worship with us Sunday mornings at 10am Maybell, CO, off of Hwy 40, just past the park
Celebration Service Sundays at 10:30am @Moffat County High School AWANA Wednesdays at 6:30pm Celebrate Recovery Fridays at 7:00pm
Sunday School for all ages 9:30am Worship Service 10:45am
“Come just as you are...”
1050 Yampa Ave., Craig (970) 824-5222 www.calvarycraig.org
St. Mark’s Church of Grace Located at 1150 West 9th Street Church Phone - 824.5926
678 School St. Craig 970-824-5330 Tues, Wed, Fri. Mass at 8:30 am Thurs. Mass at 6:00 pm Sat. Mass at 5:30 pm & 7:15 pm (sp) Sunday Mass at 9:00 am
A Caring Church in a Hurting World Located at 3107 W. 1st Street 970.824.2496
Wednesday Bible Study - 6:30pm
879 Park Ave, Meeker Sun. Mass at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm (sp)
Sunday Sunday School 10:00am - 10:45am Worship Service 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for
Maybell Bible Church
Fr. & Pastor Bain White 5pm Saturday Eucharist 657 Green Street Craig, CO 970.824.3470
109 S. Stanolind Ave., Rangley Sunday Mass at 8:00 am
Worship service at 10am 960 W Victory Way 970.824.6024 www.craigchurch.org
All Are Welcome Worship and Sunday School for Children at 10am Coffee Hour Follows Worship
First Congregational United Church of Christ
630 Green Street, Craig, CO
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GlenWooD sPrinGs, riFle, Montrose, DuranGo Gear, GooDs & suPPlies
1568 N. Townsend, Montrose 970-240-5008, Fax: 970-257-1444 www.aﬀordabletrailersinc.com
Western Colorado’s premier RV dealership carrying Cougar, Coleman, Open Range, Passport, Rubicon, Voltage, Fuzion, Reflection, Solitude, Momentum, and Whitewater Retros. 2429 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 970-245-8886, www.centennialrv.com
all Metals Welding & Fabrication
colorado cylinder stoves
aﬀordable trailer sales
Known across the United States for specialized fabrication, welding, waterjet cutting and repair. 1707 U.S. Interstate 70 Business Loop, Grand Junction, 970-243-6310 www.allmetalswelding.com
area best Pawn
Cylinder and collapsible pack stoves, canvas wall tents and campfire rings. 2481 Commerce Blvd., Grand Junction 970-243-4595, Fax: 970-243-4595 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coloradocylinderstoves.com
Buy, sell, consign, trade and pawn guns. Reloading supplies available. 2014 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, 970-249-4100
bob scott rV
D W Metal Works
Serving Western Colorado and Eastern Utah since 1988. U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 970-245-2175, email@example.com www.recvehicle.com
2424 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 970-683-5000
561 25 Road, Grand Junction, 866-492-4328 www.coloradoebikes.com 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 www.dwmetalworksinc.com
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 www.fisherliquorbarn.com
Gcr tires & service
Genuine. Complete. Reliable. 410 North Avenue, Grand Junction 970-778-3295 or 800-541-8473 1101 Winters Ave. Unit C, Grand Junction 970-773-5094
Grand Mesa Motorsports
1325 Highway, Delta, 970-874-8621 www.grandmesamoto.com
2857 North Ave., Grand Junction, 970-241-1895 www.greasemonkeygrandjunction30.com
Glenwood Springs next to Berthod Motors. 2802 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs 970-945-6301 firstname.lastname@example.org www.integramotorsports.com
Jim’s outback recreational Vehicle 1396 U.S. Highway 50, Delta 970-874-9372
Protective coatings. 549 Bogart Lane, Grand Junction 970-243-0777 GrandJunctionCO@line-x.com www.linexofgrandjunction.com
Mattas Marine & rV
We buy guns! 1210 N. Townsend Ave., Montrose, 970-249-6573 info@gundepotUS.com www.gundepotus.com
Full service RV and boat store, featuring America’s favorite Lance campers and travel trailers. Boats by Chaparral, Centurion, Alumacraft and Ranger. 2308 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 970-241-8517, Fax: 970-243-8128 www.mattasmarine.com
Montrose implement & Motorsports
Integra provides sales and service for Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, dirt bikes, street bikes and more! We are located in
Quality products from BRP and great service set us apart from the rest. 4690 N. Townsend Ave., Montrose
Yamaha Sales Event Going on NOW!
Pre-Hunting Vehicle Check 4Fluid Levels 4Belts 4Wipers 4Tires 4Battery 4Hoses 4Lights Expires 00-00-2015
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Dennis Page, owner
A.S.A.P. Automotive 803 Ute Avenue Grand Junction, CO
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Stop in to Save! Don’t Miss Out! 1235 Hwy 50, Delta, CO 81416 (970) 874-8621 www.GrandMesaMotor.com
A/C • ALIGNMENT • ACCESSORIES BRAKES • EXHAUST • FRONT ENDS PERFORMANCE UPGRADES • TIRES MAJOR & MINOR REPAIRS
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PDF automotive repair, inc.
As a full service Repair Shop, we can put our ASE certified technicians to solve your most diﬃcult problems! 1405 Motor St., Grand Junction, 970-241-4429
Truck, auto and trailer sales. 2520 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction PineCountryInc@aol.com www.pinecountryinc.com
Pro Powder coating
Professional firearm and high temp coats, powder coating and sand blasting. Like us on facebook. 549 Bogart Lane, Grand Junction, 970-241-3422 email@example.com www.propowdercoating.biz
red rock archery
Full service provider since 1983. Bowhunter, target shooter or 3-D enthusiast, we have the resources to meet every shooter’s needs. 3193 Hall Ave., Grand Junction 970-241-2697
rifle truck & trailer
Over 150 trailers in stock, good selection of ATVs and snowmobiles. We appreciate your business! Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1725 Airport Road, Rifle 970-625-8884 or 877-625-8884 www.rttrailer.com
rocky toppers & rhino linings of Grand Junction
the colorado hunter
Learn pocket knife field dressing. 651 Clearview Drive, Clifton 970-923-099
Western Implement, in Grand Junction and Montrose, provides goods and services that keep our customer’s coming back again and again. 2919 North Ave., Grand Junction 970-242-7960 or 800-338-6639 www.westernimplement.com
Meat ProcessinG, taXiDerMY & Fur Dealers
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 1005 Pitkin Ave., Grand Junction 970-245-5898, Fax: 970-245-6477 firstname.lastname@example.org www.safair-ltd.com Scotty’s muﬄer is your complete car care center. 357 Pitkin Ave., Grand Junction, 970-263-4234 scottymuﬄer.com
eagle springs Meat
We can outfit your Truck, RV, Boat, Horse and Utility Trailers for the great outdoors. 555 W. Gunnison, Grand Junction, 970-242-4404 email@example.com www.thespringworksgj.com
New and used boats, outboards, parts, Pro shop, service and fiberglass repairs. Your family fun link to water sports! 2490 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 970-243-4333 www.sundancemarine.com
Don’t Be This Guy On Opening Morning!
159 29 Road, Grand Junction 970-243-2933 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 970-625-5187 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eaglespringsmeats.com
Award-winning taxidermy. 3549 G Road, Palisade, 970-433-3677 email@example.com www.hawkinstaxidermy.com
hotchkiss Meats, inc.
Domestic and game custom processing. Over 30 varieties of award winning and smoked products. Since 1983. 219 High St., Hotchkiss 970-872-3030, Fax: 970-812-8131 Hotchkissmeats@TDS.net www.HotchkissMeat.com
Jerky, brats and summer sausage made in house. State inspected and cleanest meat processing plant in the area. P.O. Box 958 Road, Montrose 970-240-4329, Fax: 970-249-3557 firstname.lastname@example.org www.colorado-elk.com
orchard Mesa Market
Locally owned family market, provides meat processing, gasoline, propane, lottery sales, frozen food lockers, and wild game processing. 176 29 Road, 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 www.rockymountaintanners.com
Colorado Transport Company 745 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction 970-549-4892
Come By & Check Out Our Fresh Produce! Open 7 Days a Week
Premium Jams, Syrups, Salsas & Beans for the Gourmet Chef in Your Family
Gifts for All Ages • Souvenirs for the Traveler
Stop by for a complimentary multi-point inspection before hunting season begins. 741 N. First St., Grand Jct. • 242-1571 • 800-323-6483 www.fuocomotors.com • Hours: M-F 7:30- 5:30
419 Main Downtown Grand Junction 3402 C½ Rd., Palisade, CO (970) 241-2091 • www.alidasfruits.com 2015 | colorado Hunter
970-240-1720 or 888-240-1720 Fax: 970-240-1782 email@example.com www.montroseimplement.com
licensinG aGents 1st stop
821 W. Tomichi Ave., Gunnison 970-641-6700
action shop services, the
2412 Access Road, Rifle, 970-625-0943 www.actionshopservices.com
alpine angling & adventure travel 995 Cowen Drive, Suite 102, Carbondale 970-963-9245
a-n-G’s Fly Fishing Guide service 20090 Barron Lake Drive, Cedaredge 970-856-4497
New Location Same Great Service!
area best Pawn & loan
2014 Townsend Ave., Montrose 970-249-4100
army & Factory surplus
2828 Glen Ave., Glenwood Springs 970-456-1737
basalt center Fuel
122 Midland Ave., Basalt, 970-927-3599
Our new location at 1032 64.50 Rd will feature a retail meat market offering fresh beef steaks, pork chops, seafood and deli meats with a drive thru window.
battlement Mesa hardware 71 Sipperelle Drive, Parachute 970-285-6678
colorado trails ranch
12161 La Plata County Road 240, Durango 877-711-7843, Fax: 970-385-7372 www.coloradotrails.com
201 Railroad Ave., Mancos, 970-533-7728
big 5 sporting Goods
Delta hardware inc.
400 S. Camino Del Rio Suite A, Durango 970-247-1588
121 W. Gunnison River Drive, Delta 970-874-9515
big r of alamosa
Dennis Gillilan hunt, llc
148 Craft, Alamosa 719-587-0435
407 35 Road, Palisade 970-464-9235
big r of cortez
Department of Parks & Wildlife oﬃces
2424 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 970-683-5000
151 E. 16th St., Durango, 970-247-0855 0088 Wildlife Way, 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
canon city sports outlet
Dove creek superette
1426 Royal Gorge Blvd., Canon City 719-275-9160
circle k ranch
27758 Colorado Highway 145, Dolores 970-562-3808
203 Main St., Collbran 970-487-3341
723 Gunnison Ave., Lake City 970-944-2281
210 SE Independence Ave., Cedaredge 970-856-3151
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collbran supply inc.
519 W. Tomichi, Gunnison 970-641-5782
970.240.4329 • www.kinikin.com firstname.lastname@example.org
2117 Rodeo Road, Collbran 970-487-3511
Dan’s Fly shop
berfield stage stop
1319 E. Main St., Cortez 970-564-5942
(Follow 64.50 Rd North off the Hwy 50 Bypass)
135 S. Plum, Fruita, 970-858-9506 1410 S. Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, 970-945-0719 200 Rood Ave., Grand Junction, 970-241-2279 569 32 Road, Grand Junction, 970-434-8748 630 24 Road, Grand Junction, 970-244-8100 2270 U.S. Highway 50 South, Grand Junction, 970-245-1215 880 N. Main St., Gunnison, 970-641-3816 215 Sixth St., Hotchkiss, 970-872-2600 128 Townsend, Montrose, 970-249-2065 16400 S. Townsend, Montrose, 970-240-3236 850 Castle Valley Blvd., New Castle, 970-984-2067 165 Country Center Drive, Pagosa Springs, 970-731-6000 1320 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 970-625-3080
131 Market St., Alamosa, 719-589-2492 1703 Fremont, Canon City, 719-275-1595 1051 Colorado Highway 133, Carbondale, 970-963-3255 508 E. Main St., Cortez, 970-565-6504 122 Gunnison River Drive, Delta, 970-874-5488 6 Town Plaza Shopping Center, Durango, 970-247-1276 3130 Main Ave., Durango, 970-247-9435 0103 Market St., Eagle, 970-328-1302
445 W. Colorado Highway 666, Dove Creek 970-677-2336
Duranglers Flies & supplies 923 Main Ave., Durango 970-385-4081
eagle Mountain Mercantile
56 Talisman Drive, Unit 8C, Pagosa Springs 970-731-9900
eagle river anglers
25 Eby Creek Road, Eagle 970-328-2323
eagle travel stop
1040 U.S. Interstate 70, Palisade 970-464-7275
elk Point stables
21730 La Plata County Road 501, Bayfield 970-884-2482
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leisure time sports
needles country store
Five branches camper Park
Gunnison lakeside resort
Frost rV Park & country store
Gunnison river Fly shop
1874 Enterprise Court, Rifle 970-366-4340 4677 La Plata County Road 501-A, Bayfield 970-884-2582 21161 Baron Lake Drive, Cedaredge 970-856-3216
Fruita consumers coop locations 1650 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Fruita 970-858-3667
Frying Pan anglers
132 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt 970-927-3441
Gardenswartz outdoor 780 Main Ave., Durango 970-259-6696
201 W. Tomichi, Gunnison 970-641-1845
Glade Park store
16498 Ds Road, Glade Park 970-242-5421
Goods for the Woods
307 S. Camino Del Rio, Durango 970-247-5725
25861 Colorado Highway 65, Cedaredge 970-856-3250 28357 W. U.S. Highway 50, Gunnison 970-641-0477 300 N. Main St., Gunnison 970-641-2930
high lonesome ranch 0275 222 Road, Debeque 970-283-9420
Jerry’s outdoor sports
2999 North Ave., Grand Junction 970-245-1502
JP Flyfishing specialties 1100 Grand Ave., Canon City 719-275-7637
2809 North Ave., Grand Junction 970-243-6250
ken banks shooters World 1220 E. N St., Cortez 970-565-8960
4410 Mesa County Road 209, Debeque 970-283-8990
110-D S.E. Frontier Ave., Cedaredge 970-856-3000
46825 N. Colorado Highway 550, Durango 970-247-1221
We have been serving the Pine River Valley for over 35 years. 311 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield 970-884-9502 P.O. Box 408, Placerville 970-728-3216
321 Main St., Olathe 970-323-5708
314 E. First St., Parachute 970-285-9170
old Grand Mesa corner Market
Montrose travel center
1440 N. Townsend Ave., Suite A, Montrose 970-249-7343 22 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose 970-240-4976
301 Broadway, Eagle, 970-328-6875
6300 Garfield County Road 335, New Castle 970-984-2977
the nearly everything store
10986 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa 970-268-5484 611 Main St., Ouray 970-325-4388
Montrose true Value
150 W. Main St., Naturita 970-865-2616
norwood true Value
Me 2 Firearms, llc
82111 U.S. Highway 50, Cimarron 970-249-5689 1635 Grand Ave., Norwood 970-327-4238
M & M Mercantile
Mr. t’s hardware & building
1234 Greene St., Silverton 970-387-5628
21 Pike Drive, Pagosa Springs 877-645-6651
Paonia Farm and home supply 206 Rio Grande Ave., Paonia 970-527-3301
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HUNTER’S TROPHY PROPERTY Tuguvun Ranch is one of the largest parcels, 1,883 acres, offered for sale in the Garfield Creek area. Nestled in the midst of BLM and the Colorado State Wildlife Area with ponds & springs. Wildlife abounds! $5,500,000 LaPriel Armijo 970-379-0992
OFF THE GRID LUXURY Custom built log home located on 40 acres up West Elk Creek. The home boasts 4,374 SF with 3 BR & 3 BA. Large country kitchen & dining area. Upgrades throughout. Adjacent to BLM & near the White River National Forest. GMU #33. $750,000 Sara Dodero 970-379-3382
TWIN SPRUCE RANCH Hunters Paradise adjacent to BLM. 39 acres located in hunting area 42 with East Divide Creek running through it. 2,756 sq. ft. lodge, 4 BR, 4 BA, with solar power & generator back-up. Easily winterized. Year round access. $475,000 LaPriel Armijo 970-379-0992
SPECTACULAR COLORADO RANCH 280 acres located up Garfield Creek adjacent to the BLM and near the State Wildlife Area. Excellent big game hunting in GMU #42. The home has two separate living areas. Excellent water rights are included. $950,000 LaPriel Armijo 970-379-0992
Majestic views and abundant wildlife make this a special retreat! The 35 acres is adjacent to White River National Forest, has a 1,704 sq. ft. cabin with solar system, pond with fish & water rights. The West Mamm Trailhead is nearby. This is an exceptional property!! $475,000 LaPriel Armijo 970-379-0992
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rocky Mountain General store and Meats
22391 W. Colorado Highway 160, Bayfield 970-731-5646 14443 La Plata County Road 501, Bayfield 970-884-2563
riverside convenience store
1110 Railroad Ave., Dolores, 970-882-3434
84100 E. U.S. Highway 50, Cimarron 970-249-8330
112 N. Spruce St., Gunnison, 970-641-0787 1414 Main St., Canon City, 719-275-5221 1329 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, 970-249-8822 2001 Grand St., Glenwood Springs, 970-945-2002 1550 Colorado Highway 92, Delta, 970-874-9032 1580 E. Main St., Cortez, 970-564-9590 681 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, 970-254-0227 2901 F Road, Grand Junction, 970-248-9871
Priest Gulch campground & rV 26750 Colorado Highway 145, Dolores 970-562-3810
rigs Fly shop & Guide service
565 Sherman Highway, Suite 2, Ridgeway 970-626-4460
san Juan angler, the
400 N. First St., Grand Junction, 970-263-7415 1834 N. 12th St., Grand Junction, 970-243-3125 2992 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, 970-241-3795 1412 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs 970-945-7403
26363 Morgan County Road 3, Orchard 970-645-2628
ski and bow rack
354 E. Pagosa St., Pagosa Springs 970-264-2370
0760 Colorado Highway 133, Carbondale 970-963-2220
238 S. Gunnison Ave., Lake City 970-944-2526
sportsman’s campground & Mountain cabins
skyline Food & Gas
562 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride 970-728-8944
150 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride 970-728-4477
terry’s ace hardware
525 Navajo Trails Drive, Pagosa Springs 970-731-4022
810 Main St., Silt 970-876-2784
timberline sporting Goods
1440 N. Townsend Ave., Montrose 970-249-7343
sundance rV camp
toad’s Guide shop
11674 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa 970-268-5651
309 E. Main, Montrose 970-249-0408
taylor creek Fly shops inc.
183 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt 970-927-4374
27963 Colorado Highway 184, Dolores 970-882-2171
121 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride 970-728-3895
We focus on firearms (long guns and hand guns), archery, reloading, muzzleloading, firearm and hunting optics and all hunting and shooting sport accessories. 124 W. Second St., Rifle 970-625-4868 www.timberlinesports.com
sun Valley truckstop
roaring Fork Valley co-op
125 E. Meadows Drive, Glenwood Springs, 970-947-9563 2424 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction, 970-241-7977 3451 So. Rio Grande, Unit A, Montrose, 970-249-2706
2464 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Suite A, Grand Junction, 970-243-8100
16020 U.S. Highway 50, Gunnison 970-641-2340
2205 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs 970-945-0180
sapinero Village store
roaring Fork anglers
2095 Taylor Lane, Pagosa Springs 970-731-2300
600 Main St., Suite 202, Durango 970-382-9978
slavens true Value hardware 237 W. Main St., Cortez 970-565-8571
17454 La Plata County Road 501, Bayfield 970-884-0999
Pine river lodge
516 W. Tomichi, Gunnison 970-641-5077
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595 Colorado Highway 340, Fruita, 970-858-9188
colorado river-island acres
15247 64 6/10 Road, Collbran, 970-487-3407
crawford state Park
Valley ranch supply
57454 Colorado Highway 330, Collbran 970-487-3000
40468 Colorado Highway 92, Crawford 970-921-5721
other suPPortinG businesses
highline lake state Park
accurate construction & excavation
1800 11.8 Road, Loma, 970-858-7208
1835 E. Main St., Cortez, 970-565-6138 16750 S. Townsend, Montrose, 970-249-7544 3010 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, 970-945-5336 171 Yoder Ave., Avon, 970-949-6442 2881 North Ave., Grand Junction, 970-241-6061 900 N. Main St., Gunnison, 970-641-1733 1155 S. Camino Del Rio, Durango, 970-259-8755 2545 Rimrock Ave., Grand Junction, 970-248-0031 1000 Airport Road, Rifle, 970-625-5367 37 Staﬀord Lane, Delta, 970-874-1585
Jackson lake (Park)
ridgway state Park
141 W. Bridge, Hotchkiss 970-872-3444
413 Main St., Grand Junction 970-244-8658
state Parks colorado river-corn lake 361 32 Road, Clifton 970-434-3388
lone Mesa state Park
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ed bozarth chevrolet/buick
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1321 Railroad Ave., Dolores, 970-882-2213
28555 Colorado Highway 550, Ridgway 970-626-5822
Bringing you the best Colorado jams, jellies, syrups, Palisade peaches and chocolate-dipped fruits! 419 Main St., Grand Junction 970-241-2091 3402 C ½ Road (E. Orchard Mesa) Palisade 970-434-8769 www.alidasfruits.com
rifle Gap state recreation
asaP auto service
Mancos state Park
42545 Montezuma County Road N, Mancos 970-533-7065
5775 Colorado Highway 325, Rifle, 970-625-1607
sweitzer lake (Park) Delta, 970-921-5721
Fuoco Motor company
Honda, Nissan, GMC, Cadillac and pre-owned quality vehicles since 1934. Friendly and professional full service motor company. 741 N. First St., Grand Junction 970-242-1571 www.fuocomotors.com
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Emergency Service 803 Ute Ave., Grand Junction 970-210-0723
2578 U.S. Highways 6 and 50, Grand Junction 877-470-2542 www.grandjunctionchrysler.com
colorado Division of Wildlife
Grand Valley rural Power
Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and
sylvan lake state Park
10200 Brush Creek Road, Eagle, 970-328-2021
845 22 Road, Grand Junction 970-242-0040
Operation Game Thief
Operation Game Thief is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife sponsored wildlife crime stoppers program which pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. You can call us toll-free at 1-877-265-6648 or 1-877-COLO OGT. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Callers do not have to reveal their names or testify in court. A REWARD OF $500 is offered for information on cases involving big game or endangered species: a $100 REWARD is offered for information on other wildlife violations. A citizens committee administers the reward fund, which is maintained by private contributions. The Board may approve REWARDS OF UP TO $1,000 for flagrant cases. Rewards are paid for information which leads to an arrest or a citation being issued.
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26363 Morgan County Road 3, Orchard 970-645-2551
• Roads & Driveways • Ponds & Lakes • Water & Sewer Lines • Rock/Gravel/Dirt/Boulders
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
1526 Archuleta County Road 982, Arboles 970-883-2628
Vega reservoir state rec area
361 32 Road, Clifton, 970-434-3388
13030 La Plata County Road 501, Bayfield 970-884-9458
two rivers Marina/Park
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Upholstery for your auto, boat, RV or furniture. 804 Pitkin Ave., Grand Junction 970-245-3316
lewis true Value Mercantile 311 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield 970-884-9502
Grand Junction’s weed killing experts. Industrial sized discounts! Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 745 Struthers, Grand Junction 970-549-4892
1605 U.S. Highway 50, Grand Junction 970-270-4866
Opening doors is our business ... let us open one for you! 930 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs 970-945-1010, or 800-274-1453 Fax: 970-945-2593 www.vlgrealtors.com
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Providing high-quality service to Grand Junction and the surrounding areas. 504 Fruitvale Court, Unit C, Grand Junction 970-523-1986 www.performancetransmissionco.com
Withers seidman rice & Mueller Pc Serving Western Colorado since 1975. 101 S. Third St., Suite 265, Grand Junction 970-245-9075, 800-431-6975 www.wsrmpc.com
Great deals on Arctic Cat Wildcat side-by-sides and Snowmobiles going on now!
970-874-8621 1325 Highway 50 Delta, CO 81416
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united country real Quest realty
Serving Grand Junction, Mesa County and the surrounding mountain communities of Western Colorado. 2518 Monument Road, Unit B, Grand Junction 970-256-9700 www.unitedcountry.com www.realquestrealty.com
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2015 SILVERADO 1500
Silverado is the result of 96 years of Chevy truck know-how, road-tested over millions of miles. For 2015, Silverado combines proven power with impressive V8 pickup fuel economy and a quiet cabin with tough-as-nails ruggedness. The EcoTec3 engine family—our most advanced truck engines ever— includes an available 5.3L V8 generating 355 hp and 23 mpg hwy, for the best fuel efficiency of any V8 pickup. The optional 6.2L V8 powers a class-leading V8 trailer weight rating of up to 12,000 lbs. It’s raising the bar yet again for what the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups can help you accomplish. We call it the Silverado. You’ll call it your next truck. MSRP from $26,170
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firearms, gun-smithing, ammunition, spotting scopes and binoculars, rangefinders and hunting accessories. 1320 Dream Island Plaza, Steamboat Springs 970-879-7565
alpine Motor sports
ATV sales, service and accessories. 115 W. Central Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9655 www.alpinemotorsportsinc.com
Carrying Arctic Cat, Husaberg and Schwinn, as well as ATVs, snowmobiles, prowlers, dirt bikes and scooters. Providing service and maintenance for all of your powersports needs. 300 River Road, Steamboat Springs 970-879-9175 www.extremepowersports.net
aqua Vita spas
1815 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs 970-879-4390 www.aquavitaspas.com
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 Springs, 970-879-7507 www.bwear.com
Flat tops ranch supply
Farm supplies, animal feed, tack, tools, propane, sporting goods and gifts. 21475 Colorado Highway 131, Phippsburg 970-736-2450
hahn’s Peak roadhouse
60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889 www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com
bonfiglio Drug and liquor
Natural preventative healthcare, pharmacy, gifts, cards and sundries. 118 Main St., Oak Creek, 970-736-2377 or 877-Bonfiglio
kremmling area chamber of commerce Stop in and see us or visit our website for maps and information on where to eat play and stay while in the Kremmling area.
elk river Guns
Full-service shooting sports center with
203 Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-3472 www.kremmlingchamber.com
and soups. 103 W. Main St., Oak Creek, 970-736-2455
One-stop-shopping for hunting and fishing licenses, liquor, groceries, clothing and boots, gifts, pharmacy, bakery, deli, gas, diesel and car wash. 101 Martin Way, Kremmling, 970-724-8979
Mountain view car wash is here to help, with 2 convenient locations to choose from. EAST: 635 LINCOLN AVE. BEHIND FRESHIES WEST: 1739 HWY 40 ACROSS FROM STORM PEAK BREWERY
Need some detail work done? Give us a call at 970-870-3363, we have a wide range of services to fit your detailing needs. Corner of HWY 40 & Trafalgar Drive • Steamboat Springs CALL OR STOP BY TODAY! 970-870-3363 All major credit cards accepted
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Montgomery’s General Merchandise Groceries, ammunition, licenses, maps and sporting goods. 24 Main St., Yampa, 970-638-4531, www.montgomerysstore.com
Conveniently located off U.S. Highway 40 across from the Holiday Inn. Your one-stop shop for beer, wine, liquor and ice. 905 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs 970-879-5929
Mountain home décor and accessories in the heart of Steamboat Springs. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976, www.mountaintraditions.com
Gas and convenience store conveniently located in downtown Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs. 312 Myers St., Oak Creek, 970-736-8319 644 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-1811
Mountain View carwash
steamboat Meat and seafood
150 Trafalger Drive, Steamboat Springs, 970-870-3363 www.steamboatcarwash.com
select super Markets
Local super market carrying groceries and produce. In-store deli serving fresh sandwiches
hunting & FiShing LicenSeS & SuPPLieS giFtS Liquor Store Pharmacy grocerieS generaL merchandiSe cLothing & BootS deLi & Bakery gaS & dieSeL car wash
ARE YOU HUNTING FOR A GOOD VEHICLE CLEAN AFTER BAGGING YOUR TROPHY ELK?
Fine gold and silver custom jewelry. Unique elk tooth jewelry pieces. P.O. Box 771717, Steamboat Springs 970-879-3880
Serving lunch and offers fresh and frozen seafood, meats, gourmet sausages, homemade pastas and more. Plus, all your butchering needs. 1030 Yampa St., 970-879-3504 www.steamboatseafood.com
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Located at the west end of town - 101 Martin way
Store 970-724-8979 • Pharmacy 970-724-3205 • Liquor 970-724-8995
The Moose Café
Make tracks down to the local’s favorite Fluffy pancakes • Omelets Burgers • Burritos Ice Cream Treats off with Specialty Coffees & Teas couPon (excluding alcohol) Homemade Desserts Exp 11/30/2015 CoHuntEr15 Our Famous “Moose Wear” & Gifts
loCatEd at tHE wEst End of town aCross froM tHE MErCantilE
site delivery available. 2989 Riverside Plaza, Steamboat Springs 970-879-5138 www.steamboatpowersports.com
The oldest fly-fishing guide service and shop in Steamboat. We also have boots, shoes, maps, knives, camping equipment and more. Plus, come check out our new bow shop! 744 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-7568 or 800-354-5463 www.straightlinesports.com
Hunting and fishing licenses, propane, hay, shoes and Apparel, CARQUEST auto parts, sporting goods and more! 720 Tyler Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9325 www.tri-river.com
1809 Central Park Drive, Suite 16, Steamboat Springs, 888-926-2273 www.unionwireless.com
Specializing in the transportation of mean and mounts as well as shipping excess gear. Also your oﬃce away from home providing fax, copy, document and overnight delivery services. Central Park Plaza, Steamboat Springs 970-879-6161 www.theupsstorelocal.com/4730
b & l Quality taxidermy
Providing taxidermy and mounting services for game and fish. Expert knowledge in preparing your game for taxidermy services. 2101 Snow Bowl Plaza, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-1316
steamboat Meat & seafood
Individually process each game. Courtesy cooler available. Shipping available anywhere with shrink wrap, dry ice and insulated coolers. Specialty items also available. 1030 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs 970-879-3504 www.steamboatseafood.com
licensinG aGents city Market
101 Martin Way, Kremmling, 970-724-8979
609 Main St., Walden, 970-723-4246
lake John resort
Yampa river state Park
2521 Jackson County Road 7A, Walden 970-723-3226
6185 W. U.S. Highway 40, Hayden 970-276-2061
north Park/Gould/Walden koa
111 N. Sixth St., Hayden 970-276-3922
53337 Colorado Highway 14, Walden 970-723-4310 www.koa.com/where/co/06117
safeway Food & Drug
1825 Central Park Plaza, Steamboat Springs 970-879-3290
37500 E. U.S. Highway 40, Steamboat Springs 970-879-3766
shop & hop Food stop
General store, eatery, and coffee house, with on-site liquor store and post oﬃce. 54175 Routt County Road 129, Clark 970-879-3849 www.clarkstore.com
colorado Parks and Wildlife
346 Grand County Road 362, Hot Sulphur Springs, 970-725-6200 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, 970-870-2197
35775 E. U.S. Highway 40, Steamboat Springs 970-879-2489
state Forest state Park
56750 Colorado Highway 14, Walden 970-723-8366
stagecoach lake state Park (Marina) 25500 Routt County Road 14, Oak Creek 970-736-8342
1805 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs 970-879-8115
byers canyon rifle range
P.O. Box 216, Hot Sulphur Springs (12 miles east of Kremmling), 970-725-6200 (Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hot Sulphur Springs oﬃce)
hayden shooting range
2 miles south of Hayden on Routt County Road 37, 970-870-2197 (Colorado Parks and Wildlife Steamboat Springs oﬃce)
routt county rifle club
P.O. Box 773116, Steamboat Springs (2 miles west of town on U.S. Highway 40), 970-870-0298 www.routtcountyrifleclub.com
three Quarter circles sporting clays and Driving range 26185 U.S. Highway 40 (6 miles west of Steamboat), 970-879-5649 or 970-846-5647 www.3qc.com
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Vail rod & Gun club
1 Sporting Clay Way, Wolcott (just south of Interstate 70) 970-926-3472 www.lazyjranch.net
Walden Public shooting area
4 miles east of Walden on Jackson County Road 12E, 970-723-4625
DininG back Door Grill
Muddy creek cabins
the Moose café
Located at the west end of town across from the Mercantile. Home style cooking in a family atmosphere. Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. 115 W. Park Ave., Kremmling 970-724-9987
old town Pub
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M & M elk ranch
creekside cafe and Grill
From cabin lodging to gasoline, a grocery store, rentals and old-fashioned sit-down dinners inside a quaint lodge, the spot to fill your belly after exploring North Routt. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889 www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com
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Fourteen historic 1800s gold miners cabins are fully restored and include a bathhouse, wood-fired sauna, commercial kitchen and a general store. 64505 Routt County Road 129, Clark 970-879-5522 www.cabinsincolumbine.com Offering a wide range of products from custom steaks to specialty dog treats. Also offering the opportunity to shoot your own elk. 50803 Meadow Lane, Steamboat Springs 970-879-5200 www.mmelkranch.com
hahn’s Peak roadhouse
FEATURING BUCK HUNTER, PINBALL, MS. PAC-MAN AND MORE!
the cabins at historic columbine
Black Angus beef burgers to go, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or later) seven days per week. 825 Oak St., Steamboat Springs 970-871-7888 www.backdoorburgergrill.com Serving Yampa Valley beef and Yampa Valley Farms pork. Chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, local thick-cut bacon and more. 131 11th St., Steamboat Springs 970-879-4925 www.creekside-cafe.com
NEW! GAME ROOM IN UPSTAIRS BAR
This historic landmark features an all-new made-from-scratch menu bringing familiar classics to a whole new level. The draft list boasts up and coming local breweries. 600 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-2101 www.oldtownpub.jimdo.com
steamboat Meat & seafood co.
Serving lunch and offers fresh and frozen seafood, meats, gourmet sausages, homemade pastas and more. 1030 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs 970-879-3504 www.steamboatseafood.com
the shack cafe
A local’s favorite since 1969, serving hot and delicious breakfast and lunch daily. The pancakes can’t be beat. 740 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-9975
the tap house sports Grill
Sports grill and music venue, The Tap House is the place for fun, games, and food. Large parties welcome. Late-night entertainment. 739 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-2431 www.thetaphouse.com
Picturesque fully furnished log cabins Located at the base of the Kremmling Cliﬀs 970-724-9559 www.muddycreekcabins.com
oak creek Motel
Clean, affordable, friendly hospitality year round. Drive a little, save a lot! 408 Willow Bend just oﬀ Main Street, Oak Creek 970-736-2343 www.oakcreekmotel.com
Quality inn & suites
Conveniently located on U.S. Highway 40, Clean, comfortable and affordable rooms. Free continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and pool. 1055 Walton Creek Road, Steamboat Springs 970-879-6669 www.qualityinn.com
rabbit ears Motel
201 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-1150, www.rabbitearsmotel.com
red Mountain rV Park
Propane, showers, Wi-Fi, laundry, dump station and playground. 2201 Central Ave., Kremmling, 877-375-9593 www.redmtnrvpark.com
Colorado’s newest reservoir. Camping, fishing, boating, water sports and picnic areas. Marina boat rentals available. 7 miles north of Kremmling 866-472-4943 www.wolfordcampground.com
Miscellaneous Feldmann nagel, llc
Attorneys in oil and gas, family, criminal defense, military, civil and wildlife law. The wildlife division defends recreationists, outfitters and outdoorsmen with corporate operations, hunting leases, ranch/family estate planning, hunting citations and release and hold harmless agreements. 1120 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-8616 www.colo-lawyers.com
rePs (reaching everyone Preventing suicide) P.O. Box 773324, Steamboat Springs 970-819-2232 www.preservinglife.org
christy belton ranch Marketing associates
Licensed real estate broker and member of Steamboat Board of Realtors since 1996, specializing in land development and farm and ranch transactions. 141 Ninth Street, Steamboat Springs 970-734-7885 www.rmabrokers.com
colorado Group realty – Vonnie Frentress
(David Baldinger, Jr., Ren Martyn, Bill Morris, Marc Small) Three locations in Steamboat Springs; 610 Marketplace Plaza, 56 Ninth St., 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-8100 www.steamboatsir.com
town & country Properties
Meeting the needs and goals of clients by placing their interests first since 1992. 106 E. Main Street, Oak Creek, 970-736-1000 www.steamboatarea.com
Specializing in Steamboat Springs real estate, Colorado Group Realty is knowledgeable in all areas including condos, luxury homes, ranch and commercial properties. 509 Lincoln Ave., P.O. Box 775430, Steamboat Springs, 970-276-9101 or 970-846-4372 vonniefrentress.homesandland.com Features ranches and farm land for sale, agricultural real estate appraisals, ranch property management, agricultural land loans and more. 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs 970-879-5544, www.hallhall.com
r bar none ranch
4,100 contiguous acres of prime elk habitat. 30 miles from Steamboat Springs. For sale by owner. 970-879-2149
Helpful Tips for your Trophy • Don’t short cape your animal • Call for information on “where” to cape • Don’t drag your animal • Keep your hide clean • Do not salt your hide unless it has been properly fleshed • If you are not sure, call or bring your animal to B&L Taxidermy
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Western coloraDo Visitor inForMation bureau of land Management
Little Snake Field Oﬃce — 455 Emerson St., Craig, 970-826-5000; Kremmling Field Oﬃce — 2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-3000; Glenwood Springs Field Oﬃce — 50629 Colorado Highways 6 and 24, Glenwood Springs, 970-947-2800; White River Field Oﬃce, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, 970-878-3800; Grand Junction — 2815 H Road, 970-244-3000, www.co.blm.gov, Lakewood State Oﬃce — 303-239-3600, www.co.blm.gov
carbon county Visitors’ council
If hunting is on your agenda, Carbon County Wyoming is unparalleled. A variety of terrains provides habitat for a wide variety of wild game species. P.O. Box 1017, Rawlins, Wyoming, 307-324-3020 or 800-228-3547 www.wyomingcarboncounty.com
colorado Department of transportation 877-315-ROAD, www.cotrip.org
colorado outfitters association P.O. Box 849, Craig, 970-824-2468 www.coloradooutfitters.org
colorado Parks and Wildlife
Grand Junction Regional and Area Oﬃce — 711 Independent Ave., 970-255-6100 Steamboat Springs — 925 Weiss Drive, 970-870-2197 Hot Sulphur Springs — 346 Grand County Road
362 (west of Byers Canyon), 970-725-6200 Meeker — 73485 U.S. Highway 64, 970-878-6090 Glenwood Springs — 50633 U.S. Highway 6 and 24, 970-947-2920 Durango — 151 E. 16th St., (970) 247-0855 Gunnison — 300 New York Ave., 970-641-7060 Montrose — 2300 S. Townsend Ave., 970-252-6000
colorado state Parks
Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake State Parks — 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-3922 or 970-879-7019; Stagecoach Stage Park — 25500 Routt County Road 14, Oak Creek, 970-736-2436 or 970-736-8342; State Forest State Park — 56750 Colorado Highway 14, Walden, 970-723-8366; Yampa River State Park — 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40, Hayden, 970-276-2061, www.parks.state.co.us. Info — 970-434-6862; reservations — 800-678-2267
colorado Welcome center at Fruita 340 Colorado Highway 340, Fruita 970-858-9335
craig Daily Press newspaper
466 Yampa Ave., Craig 970-824-7031 CraigDailyPress.com, ExploreCraig.com
craig/Moﬀat economic Development Partnership
The CMEDP is a public-private partnership
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dedicated to supporting a vibrant, diverse, and stable economy for Moffat County. Business support programs and education. 50 College Drive, Craig, 970-620-4370 www.cmedp.com
craig sportsman information center
(Moﬀat County Visitor’s Center/Craig Chamber of Commerce) 360 E. Victory Way, Craig 970-824-5689 or 800-864-4405 www.craig-chamber.com
Delta area chamber of commerce, inc. 301 Main St., Delta, 970-874-8616 www.deltacolorado.org
Dinosaur national Monument
4545 U.S. Highway 40, Dinosaur 970-374-3000, Canyon Area Visitor Center www.nps.gov/dino
Fruita area chamber of commerce 432 East Aspen Ave., Fruita 970-858-3894 www.fruitachamber.org
Glenwood springs chamber of commerce
802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs 970-945-6589 www.glenwoodchamber.com
Grand Junction chamber of commerce 360 Grand Ave., Grand Junction 970-242-3214 or 800-352-5286 www.gjchamber.org/index.asp
Grand Junction Visitor & convention center
740 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction 970-256-4060
hayden chamber of commerce
252 West Jeﬀerson, Hayden, 970-819-5918 www.yampavalley.info/haydenchamber.asp
kremmling area chamber of commerce 203 Park Ave., Kremmling, 877-573-6654 www.kremmlingchamber.com
Meeker chamber of commerce
710 Market St., Meeker, 970-878-5510 www.meekerchamber.com www.huntmeeker.com
Moﬀat county tourism association
Blaze your own trail to Moffat Country and then stay awhile. With pioneer personality, the handclasps are firm and the smiles are genuine. This far-flung corner of Northwest Colorado is just the place to hang your hat and renew your spirit with discovery and adventure, we are here to help you do it all. 1111 W. Victory Way, Suite 117, Craig 970-824-2335, moﬀatcountytourism.com
Western ColorAdo Visitor inForMAtion town of south Fork
South Fork is located at 8,200 feet near Wolf Creek Pass, surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest. Come play with us! P.O. Box 1030, South Fork 719-873-5512 or 800-571-0881 www.southfork.org
1519 E. Main St., No. A, Montrose 970-249-5000 or 800-923-5515
noaa’s national Weather service Weather Forecast oﬃce 792 Eagle Drive, Grand Junction 970-243-7007, www.nws.noaa.gov
stay the trail colorado
The mission of Stay The Trail Colorado is to encourage the responsible use of the roads and trails that are open to motorized recreation in Colorado. Stay The Trail Colorado is a program of the Responsible Recreation Foundation. P.O. Box 915, Wheat Ridge, 720-684-9960 www.staythetrail.org
north Park chamber of commerce 416 Fourth St., Walden 970-723-4600 www.northparkchamber.com
Palisade chamber of commerce 319 Main St., Palisade 970-464-7458 www.palisadecoc.com
steamboat Pilot & today newspaper
1901 Curve Plaza, Steamboat Springs 970-879-1502 SteamboatToday.com, ExploreSteamboat.com
rangely chamber of commerce
Promoting and fostering a positive business climate in our community. 209 E. Main St., Rangely 970-675-5290 www.rangelychamber.com
steamboat springs chamber resort association
u.s. Forest service maps
u.s. Geological survey (topographical maps)
Central Region Oﬃces, Denver Federal Center, West Sixth Avenue and Kipling Street, DFC Building 810, Lakewood 303-202-4700 or 888-275-8747 www.topomaps.usgs.gov
u.s. Fish and Wildlife service
200 Lions Park Circle, Rifle 970-625-2085 or 800-842-2085 www.riflechamber.com
P.O. Box 25486, Lakewood, 303-236-4216 www.fws.gov
rocky Mountain elk Foundation
Quick, Friendly Service
Complete Professional Game Processing Your game will be processed individually and all meat is shrink wrapped and clearly labeled then given back to you. We ship anywhere and meat will be sent on dry ice and in insulated containers.
Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District — 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-1870 Parks Ranger District — 2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-3000 or 100 Main St.,
Dedicated to enhancing wild sheep populations, promoting professional wildlife management, educating the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting. 720 Allen Ave., Cody, Wyoming, 307-527-6261 www.wildsheepfoundation.org
u.s. Forest service
P.O. Box 2984, Grand Junction 970-200-3003, www.rmef.org
Clean, Quality Workmanship
Wild sheep Foundation
125 Anglers Drive, Steamboat Springs www.steamboat-chamber.com
rifle area chamber of commerce
Walden, 970-723-8204 Rio Blanco Ranger District — 220 E. Market St., Meeker, 970-878-4039 Rifle Ranger District — 94 Garfield County Road 244, Rifle, 970-625-2371 Sulphur Ranger District — 9 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, 970-877-4100 White River National Forest — 900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, 970-945-2521 Yampa Ranger District — 300 Roselawn Ave., Yampa, 970-638-4516
Montrose chamber association of tourism
24 hour Courtesy Cooler for after hours check in
Specialty Items: Jerky, Sausage, and other snacks. 970-879-3504 • 1030 Yampa Ave. Downtown Steamboat Springs Open 7 days a week
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A complete hunting guide for Western Colorado. Everything you need to know including a business directory, fee information, season dates and...