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What’s new for the 2014 hunting season

The 2014 hunting season is almost upon us, and once again Northwest Colorado is buzzing with activity. Following is a brief rundown of what’s new for 2014, as well as this year’s seasons and fees. Happy hunting!

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The pike predicament: How a fish creates thrills for anglers and headaches for habitat managers

The predators become the prey when fishermen like Craig Preston cast into Stagecoach Reservoir southeast of Steamboat Springs. “I think it’s the big-fish allure,” Preston said. “The chance of catching that monster.” And the big fish are definitely out there. The official state record pike was pulled out of Stagecoach in 2006 by Thornton resident Tim Bone, who was using Powerbait with the intention of catching trout.

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Weather is best and worst this hunting season

As usual, the weather has dictated the success of this fall's hunting seasons. This early and heavy snow has provided unique challenges and opportunities for elk and deer hunters in the area.

Fish On! Angling options abound in Western Colorado

Rifle or rod, it doesn’t matter in western Colorado — world-class options abound for both pastimes.

Hints on cooking game

Don’t overlook basic spices when it comes to cooking game — they’re the foundations of a great-tasting meal.

Post-hunt activities

Already fill your tag? There are plenty of other things to do in Northwest Colorado

If you fill your tag early, or the weather isn’t cooperating for your hunt, there’s no shortage of activities you can do in Northwest Colorado. Following is a sampler of how to stay busy when you’re not out in the bush.

A letter from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The 2013 hunting seasons should provide good opportunities for sportsmen across Colorado. Depending upon always changing weather conditions, these seasons should be a fun challenge for all hunters.

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My Gear Closet

As a passionate big game hunter I’m always on the lookout for something that will create a more enjoyable, possibly successful hunt. Over the years through trial and error, I’ve acquired a feel for what will work, what won’t and what new products may be worth trying.

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Big Game Licence and Harvest update

Big-game hunters will find slight changes in this year’s availability of deer licenses (more) and elk licenses (fewer).

Top 10 things to know when hunting on BLM lands in Colorado

Many people hunting in Colorado this season will take advantage of some of the 8.3 million acres of Bureau of Land Management-administered land in Colorado. The Northwest Colorado BLM District manages 5 million acres that include some of the best hunting opportunities in the state.

Hunting when it’s dry

With June coming in like a lamb and leaving like a thirstier lamb (Routt County saw only 0.01 inches of precipitation the entire month), hunting conditions could well be like they were last year: dry.

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Bear licenses on the rise

It’s not a good time to be a black bear in Western Colorado. After years of seeing bear populations grow and hearing a chorus of complaints from hunters, livestock growers and farmers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is set to reverse that growth.

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Moose on the loose

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

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Hunting 101 Big game tips for elk, deer and pronghorn

Filling your elk tag and putting meat in your freezer isn’t a given. On any given year, hunter success rates for elk in Colorado clock in near 20 percent. Following are a few tips to better your chances:

Colorado Hunter: Craig now “Elk Hunting Capital of the World”

It’s official: Craig is now the “Elk Hunting Capital of the World.” Having spent five years building the brand, businessman John Ponikvar trademarked the phrase this spring.

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License draws strong despite new gun control measures

The 2013 hunting season in Northwest Colorado is shaping up well despite concerns about new firearm legislation that took effect July 1.

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A tale of the taxing times Tax laws affect hunting parcels

For Chris Ricks and his brother, Jeff, preserving a pristine hunting ranch south of Hayden is proving difficult thanks to Uncle Sam’s estate tax laws.

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Understanding Preference points

A favorite hunting-camp conversation is how to get a big-game license through the state’s computer system. While not many hunters understand the convoluted system of checks and balances, most questions about how hunting licenses are allocated can be answered quite simply.

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Hoyt Bows available in craig

Like automobiles, archery bows all have their defining characteristics that can breed lifelong customers. Allen Jenkins, 58, owner of Craig’s Sand Springs Archery, says although archery shooters have their unique preferences, one product line stands out as the Cadillac among Moffat County bow hunters: the Hoyt.

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The word on the herd — Elk numbers stabilizing; deer still down

As hunters traipse the countryside to fill their tags this year, they can do so knowing that herd numbers for elk, deer and pronghorn in Western Colorado are holding their own.

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