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The Second annual Blue Mesa Reservoir Lake Trout Tournament at Blue Mesa Reservoir is in full swing and anglers have plenty of time to fish for $10,000 in prize money. The reservoir is located near Gunnison in Western Colorado.

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A few weeks ago I was asked to watch my niece and nephew for the afternoon. I was thrilled and had big plans to take them for hikes, jump on the trampoline, order takeout, and other fun things only the “Cool Aunt” could provide. But what I was quickly reminded of was that I would have to com…

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Anglers in northern Colorado are hoping some tiny fish will mean the return of a popular catch at State Forest State Park. About 600 golden trout have been stocked into two high-elevation, backcountry lakes, in the park with the hopes that they’ll grow to catchable size in a few years.

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As stand-up paddleboards become more and more popular, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds paddlers to wear personal floatation devices (PFDs) when using this watercraft.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s resident fishing licenses are now accessible through myColorado™, the State of Colorado’s official mobile app™. Resident anglers will purchase their fishing licenses the same way they always have and receive a printed physical license, but now they will also hav…

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A pika is a critter that lives in the high country, at or above timberline. Many of us have never seen one, or thought it was something else when you did see one. I have only seen a couple in all my time in the high country, perhaps because I was looking for something much bigger and with horns.

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Building on the success of the initial offering of this class in October 2020, Gunnison Gorge Anglers (GGA), the local chapter of Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International, partnered with Montrose Anglers to offer a class in March. Initially, the class was “overbooked” with seven partici…

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) expects to release its Request for Proposals (RFP) in September 2021, with an anticipated application deadline of October 28. Applicants should note this is a change from the historic schedule where the program began in M…

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In June of 2016, a 5-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion while playing outside of his home near Aspen, Colorado. The boy’s mother physically removed him from the grasp of the lion. The boy and his mother both suffered serious injuries but were expected to recover. Talk about a close…

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I have often said that the secret to not getting lost is to stay found. It sounds like a cliché, but it should be on your mind anytime you head outdoors. It is so easy to get lost. All you need is a small distraction, and to keep moving while distracted, and presto, you’re lost. Add to this …

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By Mark Rackay

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As a young kid, growing up in the foothills west of Golden, I spent my entire free time outdoors. I was even known to spend “non-free time” outdoors, which was a source of aggravation for my father. He felt my time would have been better spent in school, and looking back, he might have been right.

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I remember when the flashlight was called an “electric torch.” The torch weighed slightly less than a Buick, was made with a shiny chrome case, gave off as much light as a birthday candle, and…oh yeah, the batteries were dead.

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