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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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Hunting season still going strong in Northwest Colorado

What's left of Colorado's 2014 hunting season?

Commission approves offering Apprentice Hunter program

A proposal to allow youths 10 years and older to hunt one time without taking a hunter education course was adopted Thursday by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission.

Meeker ranch to open for public hunters

A handful of big-game hunters this fall will get the rare opportunity for a free, private-land deer or elk hunt near Meeker.

Staying the course

Wildlife Commission: Hands off license allocation system

Taking the approach that “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Friday agreed to take a hands-off approach to the current big-game license allocation process.

Young Utah hunters can learn the ropes

In a play-before-you-pay effort to attract more people to hunting, this year Utah is offering a program where any licensed hunter 21 years or older can take a person 12 years or older hunting.

Steamboat Lake Outfitters

There’s much more to hunting than just the kill. The release of the arrow or pull of the trigger may be the best part, but that neglects the hard work that got you there. Steamboat Lake Outfitters, established in 1986, works that moment and all those that lead up to it.

High Desert Outfitting

Hunters planning to try their luck in the upcoming seasons often face the choice of going it alone, or using the services of a guide and outfitter. While many prefer pitching their tent and cooking the meals, a number of hunters choose an outfitter to do the daily chores, allowing them more time out in the field.

Hunting Tales: Boone & Crockett mulie

After 36 years hunting mule deer in western Colorado, Jeff Draper, of Grand Junction, finally got his hunt of a lifetime. Draper, co-owner of Glass Pros in Grand Junction, won one of two raffles for a special 2013 Colorado mule deer license and wound up harvesting a buck that preliminarily was scored at 226 points, well up in the Boone & Crockett Club mule deer standings.

Preference points for hunting licenses 101

Here are 12 tips for earning preference points for hunting licenses.

Capturing memories: Photographing your trophy with a camera phone

The saying, “Without a photo, it didn't happen,” is never more important than recording that all-important trophy. Umm, you are carrying a camera, aren't you?

Survival skills for hunters

Inherent risks come with hunting. You’re often far from help, in unfamiliar terrain, and alone. Basic survival skills and equipment are essential.

The call of the wild: Game calls for hunting

Deep in the woods, a bull elk calls. While the sound will draw a cow elk, it also will bring other bulls in defending their territory from the challenge. That’s exactly why many hunters, especially during bow and black powder seasons, use calls to mimic the bugle of a bull — it brings prey to them instead of them tracking.

Archery in schools

The Colorado Archery in Schools Program follows strict guidelines outlined by its parent national program to bring archery to schools safely.

Saving your meat after the hunt

Early season big-game hunters, whether toting a bow, muzzle-loader or rifle, are bound to run into warm weather, requiring special care in preserving your meat.

8 archery tips from the trenches

Longtime Steamboat Springs archer Paul Franklin has stories about hunts that could hold court around any campfire and here are a few tricks from the trade he's learned over the years.

Hunting 101: Big game tips for elk, deer and pronghorn

Advice for hunting elk, deer and pronghorn in Colorado.

Rules of engagement

Go home with a trophy, not a ticket. That’s the message from game wardens, who are reminding hunters that violations can result in fines and the loss of hunting privileges.

5 tips for successful hunting

The average success rate of public land deer and elk hunters averages between 14 and 20 percent in Colorado, and here are five ways to tip the odds in your favor.  

Moose on the loose

Elk and deer aren’t the only trophy big game on hunter’s wish lists for Northwest Colorado. The area is also a hotbed for moose, the largest deer in the world.

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Deer prudence

Wildlife managers, including biologists and researchers, in recent years have adopted an “adaptive management” strategy when dealing with long- and short-terms management practices.

Why hunt does?

In what can only be seen as a search for answers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife earlier this year hosted a series of statewide meetings focused on the agency's proposed Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. The plan is looking for a suitable response to what has proven to be a West-wide decline in mule deer herds, a puzzling drop-off lacking any one clear reason.

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