Fate of the Northwest Colorado wolf pack remains a mystery

On a hazy July afternoon, wolf expert Karin Vardaman returned to a spring-fed pond in Colorado’s northwestern-most corner. Enough rain had fallen to wet the ground around the watering hole. She tiptoed across the soft earth — careful not to disturb any impressions left by cattle and pronghorn antelope — until one track filled her […]

Colorado hunters have plenty of game to track despite dry summer, CPW says

A bull elk grazes near Milner Pass at Rocky Mountain National Park in August 2021. (Photo by Eli Pace / Sky-Hi News)

As the region eases into a much-needed wet season following another drought-dried summer, the state agency charged with keeping track of the open spaces and animals therein isn’t seeing a major impact from the dryness on hunting, specifically. Despite numerous real impacts of the warming climate and historic drought, big game, according to Colorado Parks […]

Tips for hunting with goats

Cedar Beauregard with his pack goats. (Photo by John F. Russell)

Pack goats are like my offshore fishing boat for the Rocky Mountains. They let me go deep into little nooks and crannies that can hold pockets of elk and deer that others are unwilling or able to access. The advantage of pack goats over other pack animals is their ability to navigate the terrain without […]

Colorado hunting interest surges; bows, muzzleloaders becoming new go-to for hunters

Missouri resident Mark Howell heads out on his four wheeler at Four Mile Park after an early morning hunt for elk. (Photo by Chelsea Self / Post Independent)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tracked an increase of more than 50,000 deer and elk hunting license applications this year, following a recent trend of renewed interest in outdoor activities, a CPW spokesperson said. “Up until recently, we were seeing a decline in hunting,” said Matt Yamashita, a CPW area wildlife manager based out of Glenwood […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets specific deer and elk hunts for mandatory testing

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected specific deer and elk hunts for mandatory chronic wasting disease testing in 2021. The goal is to inform hunters on how and where to fight the spread of CWD, a parks and wildlife news release said. Beginning in early October, CPW will be sending letters to Colorado rifle season […]

Texas man dies in hunting accident in southwest Colorado

DURANGO — Two hunters from Pennsylvania were trying to lure an elk in southwestern Colorado when one of them mistook a bow hunter for prey and fatally shot him, according to an arrest affidavit. Gregory Gabrisch, 31, of Houston, died from a gunshot wound in the San Juan National Forest north of Rico on Sept. […]

With some Craig inns converting to long-term rentals, hunting season gets interesting in Northwest Colorado

Randy Looper got back from a brief no-cell-service trip with more than 60 emails waiting for him. Looper, the now-former longtime owner of the Elk Run Inn in Craig, was hearing from dozens of hunters — some who had been staying at his community staple hotel for a decade and a half — wondering if […]