Hunters were out last week using muzzleloading firearms, technology developed in the 17th century that played a significant role in winning the American Revolution that is still being used in the annual chase for big game. Muzzleloaders are firearms that require the projectile or bullet and propellant charge, often black powder, to be loaded from the front, open end of the gun, called the muzzle.
Stroll outside on any late summer evening, look straight up and three very bright stars will catch your eye. These stars are named Vega, Deneb and Altair, and their familiar pattern is nicknamed the Summer Triangle.
Tips for hunters looking to bag game with a bow
It’s archery season in Northwest Colorado and the hunt is on to fill freezers, bag trophies and make memories. Two Craig businesses that are authorized archery equipment dealers are offering tips for a successful hunt.
After bagging deer close to home, Tehya Johnson plans to hunt much more
You only get one hunting story about your first time claiming an animal, and Tehya Johnson will have a good yarn to spin for years to come. During Johnson’s first hunting season in October 2015, the teenager stuck close to home. Very close — specifically right in the driveway of her family’s house near Cedar Mountain, about five miles north of Craig in Northwest Colorado.
Colorado State Championships among many taxidermy shows Mark Zimmerman attends
Dozens of eyes stare down from the walls of Mark Zimmerman’s workshop on the outskirts of Craig, each belonging to an animal that, if it weren’t completely motionless, you would swear was still alive. That’s the aim of Bullseye Taxidermy, a business he has operated full-time for the past 13 years. In that time, he’s stuffed and mounted countless critters from a myriad hunting trips, many of which have earned him some prominent prizes.
Owner: Colorado still a ‘premier destination’ with international reputation
The memories made on a hunting trip can last forever, but as Amy Martin Shaffer puts it, the one-tenth of a second it can take to pull the trigger can only happen after hours, days, weeks or months of preparation.
Mule deer buck considered trophy quality by Samson Law; fines exceed $24,000
The numbers speak for themselves in a Northwest Colorado poaching case involving four parties across three separate states with more than one year of investigation and thousands of dollars in fines. Colorado Parks and Wildlife released details Thursday about a November 2014 poaching incident involving a Moffat County outfitter and parties from Mississippi and Missouri.
A citizen petition was submitted to Colorado Parks and Wildlife requesting the overlapping of archery and muzzleloader seasons be eliminated in the late summer for safety reasons.
Volunteers lend their expertise to next generation
Kayla Coleman calmly traced the bird with her 20-gauge shotgun and gave the trigger a gentle squeeze.
Prehistoric big game known for magnificent tusks
It is elk hunting season in Colorado, and although many hunters are interested in harvesting an elk for its meat, some hunters are after a trophy bull.
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.