Decavitch realizes being physically prepared to hunt is crucial
Besides target practice, Jeff Decavitch never thought about preparing for hunting season. Now, he understands that training makes for a better hunt. “I was way out of shape,” he said. “I used to be in pretty good shape when I was younger but I let myself go.” About three years ago, Decavitch started getting back into shape through a strict training regimen. He quickly discovered that it complemented his hunting. Then he combined the two and walked away with a national title.
Teen archer Zachary Brown's kill may be one for record books
Zachary Brown took a deep breath and drew back on his bow. A big buck was in the cross hairs. His nerves were churning, but he focused on the deer. The situation was similar, but this hunt was different for the 14-year-old boy from Crawford. He’d already had successful hunts: two elk; three wild turkeys; and a bear, which is mounted and hanging on his bedroom wall.
Program has helped more than 70 former soldiers
They’ve seen some of the toughest conditions the world has to offer in one of the most thankless jobs. They’ve made some significant sacrifices in their lives, and Northwest Colorado was glad to step up and do something to pay them back for their service. The Veterans Hunt Program through the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System recently gave two former soldiers the chance to experience the splendor of Moffat County’s favorite pastime.
CPW seeks persons of interest
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are asking the public for help in identifying the person or persons responsible for shooting and injuring a high-quality mule deer buck with an arrow approximately Sept. 9 or 10, in the southwest side of the city of Craig, according to a CPW press release.
In 2012, Northwest Colorado’s town of 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.
Hunting 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...
Ssssh! 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.
While 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 desiring enhanced grip for their firearms.
Hunting big game isn’t just for the guys anymore. “There are definitely more women hunters these days,” says Kathleen Tadvick, eduction director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s northwest region.
As 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.
What’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.
AFter 40 years in the outfitting business, Jack Cassidy of Loma was honored with Safari Club International’s North American Professional Hunter Award for 2015, marking the first time anyone from Colorado has won this award...
Welcome 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.
Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter is selling tickets for a drawing as part of its efforts to support 4-H shooting sports, work with disabled veterans and other projects in the area. The prize available is a Teton four-burner gas grill. Singles are $5 apiece, while a book of five is $20. Tickets can be purchased from Mountain Man Taxidermy, Rummel Chiropractic or from Ken Fleming or Karl Huntsman. The drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mountain Man Taxidermy, and entrants need not be present to win.
Northwest Colorado is famous for its elk and deer herds, due to the waves of hunters coming to the region each year. However, for those wanting to pursue different game, Mike Gates, owner of DJ Rams, offers specialized ram hunts on his ranch south of Dinosaur.
With the 2015 hunting season under way, the Elk Hunting Capital of the World is set to welcome hunters from nearby and abroad who area eager to take down the area’s prized game.
The high mountains, scattered forests and expansive plains of Northwest Colorado have made the area a popular hub for hunting. For those wanting to take down game during any season, from antelope to trophy elk, the place is a dreamland. The town of Craig is nestled in the center of this hunting mecca, owing to its reputation as the elk hunting capital of the world. Massive herds roam just miles from the town as they alternate their time between the high and low country. That is the reason why Doug and Janet Camilletti, owners of Frosty Acres Outfitting, started up their business more than 25 years ago on their ranch just north of Craig.
2014’s winter aids growth in animals
One hunting season’s loss is another one’s gain. Strong herd numbers this year mean positive things for big game hunters converging on the Northwest Colorado area. Post-hunt estimates by Colorado Parks & Wildlife 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.
State's system allows ease and choice in planning hunting trips
Sportsmen in the United States have a lot of choices about where to hunt, but with 23 million acres of public lands and the largest elk herds in North America, Colorado has much to offer.
Public and private shooting ranges available in Northwest Colorado.
When you’ve got a freezer full of elk, it helps to have a little inspiration about what to do with it. The following five recipes covers most of the bases, whether you have company coming over for a summertime dinner on the patio or a hungry family to feed.
Nearly 74 years ago, two Moffat County residents set off on a seven-day fishing and floating adventure down the Yampa River on a boat made of canvas.
Since it was deemed “warranted but precluded” from protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2010, the greater sage grouse has become the poster child of a massive conservation effort aimed at protecting the sagebrush ecosystem in 11 states throughout the West.
Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hunters preparing for a trip to Colorado can purchase over-the-counter licenses both online, in person and over the phone at 1-800-244-5613.
Where the sage grouse roam, Part III: Will new regulations threaten Northwest Colorado's energy economy?
At a time when city and county officials are scrambling to find ways to diversify Moffat County’s economy to ensure its survival into the future, increased regulation designed to preserve sage grouse habitat could threaten to close the door on future oil and gas development.
On a cold, April morning, nearly 170 sage grouse cocks convene in a dormant rye field in northern Moffat County with their tail feathers held high and white, feathery chests proudly puffed. Driven by testosterone and deeply rooted instincts, the male birds gather at annual mating grounds known as leks, alternatively described as both a dance floor and a singles bar for sage grouse. They come seeking to mate.