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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.

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