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Welcome to Colorado Hunter!

Welcome to the 2014 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in western Colorado.

You couldn’t have picked a better place to plan your trip. The region offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow, packing your muzzle or sighting in your scope.

Whatever your big game fancy, whether it’s elk atop Grand Mesa or moose near Walden, we hope you make the region your hunting destination for years to come.

While the area offers countless, year-round recreational opportunities — as well as outstanding scenery, friendly locals and Old West charm — for hunters the action kicks in every autumn when game migrates from the high country to its winter range. That’s when thousands of hunters migrate here also, flocking to the hunting hotbeds of Grand Junction, Meeker, Rangely, Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Kremmling, Granby, Yampa and more to hunt some of the largest elk herds in the nation. Whether you fill your tag or not, the real reward comes in the experience of hunting in one of the most beautiful locations in Colorado.

This magazine is designed to make the hunt easier, for everyone from novices hearing their first bugle to seasoned veterans looking for a record trophy. Inside you’ll find tips on what to bring and where to go, information on herd updates, tales from local hunts, and a directory listing everything you need for your stay, from outfitters and guides to meat processors and more.

We hope you have a great hunt this year and tip our collective hats to you for visiting western Colorado.

Renee Campbell, Publisher, Craig Daily Press

Suzanne Schlicht, Publisher, Steamboat Pilot & Today

Jay Seaton, Publisher, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel