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Hunting briefs for Aug. 29, 2015: Safari Club selling tickets for drawing

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.

Business Buzz: Private ram hunting business offers exclusive hunts

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.

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Hunting season kicks off in Northwest Colorado

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.

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Craig outfitters guide visitors to a good time

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.

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Elk, deer herds showing good numbers for 2015 hunting

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.

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Options abound for Colorado hunters

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 in Northwest Colorado

Public and private shooting ranges available in Northwest Colorado.

Elk for every occasion: 5 simple, everyday recipes

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.

Craig’s ‘Elk Hunting Capital’ continues to promote multiple opportunities

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.

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Where the sage grouse roam: Conservation and development on the Western landscape

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.

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Over-the-counter, leftover licenses offered for Colorado hunting

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.

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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.

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Where the sage grouse roam, Part II: Ranching for conservation

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.

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Where the sage grouse roam, Part I: The future of conservation and development on the Western landscape

Though the imminent threat of an endangered species listing is off the table, this September, a decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will mark the culmination of years — even decades — of conservation work that is changing the face of the West.

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BLM sage grouse plans set new precedent for conservation

An effort to protect the greater sage grou¬¬¬se across 11 Western states took a step forward Thursday with the release of 14 Final Environmental Impact Statements from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

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Young hunters sharpen skills during trip in Moffat County

Parks & Wildlife hopes to expand mentored hunt program

Colorado Parks & Wildlife provided two young hunters with a mentored turkey hunt in Moffat County this past weekend, the honors going to 12-year-old Laadan Rothermund, from Craig, and Savanna Goodin, 16, of Falcon, near Colorado Springs. The two suited up in their camouflage and took to the northwesternmost part of Northwest Colorado, Douglas Mountain near Browns Park Wildlife Refuge.

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Jimmy Westlake: Leo ushers in spring

The arrival of Leo into our early evening sky is a sure sign that springtime is not far behind.

Craig resident pleads guilty to illegal hunting

Justin McCurdy receives two-year prison sentence

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Moffat County District Attorney’s Office recently completed an investigation and prosecution of a Craig resident for a variety of wildlife offenses.

Waterfowl hunters may have to pay a little more for stamps next year

When Will Ela of Hotchkiss and countless other waterfowl hunters across the nation buy their next Federal Waterfowl Stamp, the price likely will have increased by $10 over this year’s $15.

CPW seeks help with Moffat County poaching incidents

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating three additional incidents of illegally killed bull elk in high-quality hunting units in Moffat County, adding to three high-quality bulls illegally killed in Game Management Unit 10 in early November, near the town of Dinosaur.

Craig Trap Club fired up for annual Turkey Shoot

Craig Trap Club will host its annual Turkey Shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at its gun range west of Craig, north of Highway 40.

Hunting sees new trends for Craig, Moffat County

With the majority of the hunting season completed as of Sunday, feedback has been mostly positive for Craig and Moffat County outlets with regard to the conditions.

CPW seeks those liable for illegally killing, abandoning three elk in Northwest Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigators are asking the public for help in finding the person or persons responsible for killing and abandoning three mature, high-quality bull elk near the town of Dinosaur this past week.



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Craig youths claim 1st bucks on hunting trips

Tiana Nichols and Blake Juergens both harvested their first deer in October during the second season, and neither had to travel too far to do so.

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Moffat County teens learn from Parks & Wildlife mentored hunt

Moffat County’s Lane White, 14, Logan Knez, 13 and Isaac Montoya, 15 were selected to participate in the first mentored waterfowl hunt in this area and what will be an annual tradition for local youth. The mentored hunt is part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Outreach Program, an ongoing effort to encourage women and youth to head outdoors and enjoy the state's abundant natural resources.

The perfect ‘shot’

Some tips for taking a photo after the kill

It's the moment you’ve dreamt of for years ­— You’ve just taken the shot of a lifetime and the trophy of a lifetime is on the ground. Now, you’re faced with the second most-important shot of your life. This time, however, it’s with your camera. The saying “Without a photo, it didn’t happen” never rings more true than when you are recording that all-important trophy.

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