Steamboat Springs council moves to limit fishing outfitters on Yampa River

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As Routt County prepares for a summer predicted to be marked by extreme drought, the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has adjusted the Yampa River Master Plan to preserve the river and its aquatic wildlife. The commission voted earlier this year to allow commercial river operators to give tubing and angling outfitters the […]

Search underway for shed hunter missing in Moffat County

A 71-year old man hunting for shed antlers is missing “in the extreme northwest corner of Moffat County,” a news release from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office reports. “On Thursday evening (May 6) at about 8:30 p.m., Richard McFeaters contacted local 911 advising he was lost and needed assistance,” the release states. Both the Moffat […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife holds first information session on wolf reintroduction

Colorado Parks and Wildlife held its first information session last week about wolf reintroduction on the Western Slope, which will happen by the end of 2023. Wolves have been naturally migrating into the United States for decades. They were first seen in Montana in 1979 and then were introduced in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and […]

Colorado sees increase in primary hunting applications, park visitation

Primary draw applications in Colorado are up by 74,593 applications from last year, according to data from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “What I can tell you is hunting applications were up, hunting license sales last year were up,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. “Everything in the COVID era, from a wildlife standpoint, […]

New Colorado laws govern gun storage, lost weapons

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law bills mandating the safe storage of firearms and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons. Democrat sponsors argued the storage bill would help reduce suicides by youth and others, as well as accidental shootings. Republicans questioned whether the bill was intended to criminalize responsible gun owners. […]

Case involving Colorado hunter’s shooting death could go to trial

A man accused of shooting a member of his hunting party is likely to take his case to trial. Harry Watkins, 52, is charged with criminally negligent homicide after he allegedly shot and killed 26-year-old Simon Howell of West Virginia while they were hunting outside Kremmling on Nov. 9. During Watkins’ scheduled arraignment on Thursday, […]