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Many people are under the misconception that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is only here to take care of animals, just for hunters, and spend the rest of their time writing tickets for game violations. This is simply not the case.

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I know. I know. Thanksgiving is now a memory and you’re probably more focused on Black Friday deals and Christmas than gardening, but paying a little attention to your landscape at this time of year can really pay off.

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¡As a kid, my successes while hunting were fairly limited. Limited in the sense that I could not venture off our farm. That meant elk was off the radar for my hunts. Deer would occasionally venture into the place to graze off my grandmother’s flower bed, but they were off limits because she …

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input on a proposal to manage recreation along 39 miles of the Gunnison River, including the segment of the river that flows through the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (D-E NCA).

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A friend of our family owned a fly-in fishing camp in remote northern Ontario. His concession, leased lands and lakes from the government, included over 300 square miles. Many of the lakes in his area required portages or floatplanes to access.

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Many people are under the misconception that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is only here to take care of animals, just for hunters, and spend the rest of their time writing tickets for game violations. This is simply not the case.

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As Halloween is rapidly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to investigate whether the supernatural can, or does, come into play in our outdoor activities. Out of an abundance of caution, Oct. 31 might be a day you want to stay home, or not.

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A couple years ago, we had a sizeable wildfire on the Uncompahgre Plateau that raged on for several weeks before being brought under control. Many agencies, including the Sheriff’s Posse were called to assist. My particular job was to evacuate resident in the crosshairs of the fire.

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC), Western Colorado Conservation Corps (WCCC), Gunnison Trails Group (GTG), and Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA) have beg…



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I had a neighbor for many years, who spent as much time as he could get away with, in the high country. He knew the Uncompahgre Plateau as well as any person I have ever met. He hunted elk and deer, traveled every ATV trail he could find, and hiked to corners previously undiscovered.

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Declining water levels have forced Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s managers at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap state parks to announce the closure of boat ramps a month early. The boat ramps at the state parks will close at the end of the day on Sept. 30 this year instead of the normal closure date o…

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As the aspen trees start to change colors, Colorado’s “leaf-peeping” season is kicking into high gear. While the stunning display of fall foliage is worthy of the annual crowds drawn to the state’s most scenic trails and parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people searching for autumn …

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It can be a bit daunting to choose an area to explore with kids in our nearby national forests, to mention anything of deciphering maps and determining appropriate trails for youngsters. Between the White River, and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, there are over 5 …

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Wednesday relocated a young bull moose to the San Juan National Forest after it had spent a few days in Durango and eventually wandered into a downtown neighborhood.

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Shawn Williams fired up with his chainsaw on April 13 ready to take down a tree to make room for a new parking lot at the Wonderland Nature School in Gunnison. He looked up to the tree and saw nothing except the eyes of a large owl as it swooped past his head.

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My family owned a summer home in the north woods of Wisconsin during my early years. I was fortunate to spend around 20 summers there. Most of my time was spent in the woods or on the water. Only when the hunger pains got to me, would I be indoors.

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As drone use becomes increasingly popular, Colorado’s state parks and wildlife agency urges the public to help protect wildlife, even from the air. Although technology increases access in many positive ways, it can also pose a threat to wildlife by causing increased stress and even death for…

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When it comes to quality trout fishing, our state’s signature Gold Medal waters are a magnet for both resident and non-resident anglers. But those waters face challenges on many fronts. In an effort to change the way the angling community thinks about Colorado’s Gold Medal trout waters and t…

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Black bears in Colorado are entering hyperphagia and will spend up to 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to fatten up for winter. As bears start to prepare for hibernation and hunt for food, Coloradans may see more bear activity in urban areas.

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We are so fortunate to live in a place surrounded by public lands here in Western Colorado. Lands open to the public include national forests, Bureau of Land Management areas, national parks, portions of national wildlife refuges and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife Areas. Within most of th…

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $650,000 to eight Fishing is Fun (FIF) projects, all geared to improve angling opportunities in the state of Colorado. The approved projects include improved angling access, habitat improvement, and trail and boat access. Funding recipients include pro…

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A Colorado Parks and Wildlife poaching investigation led to a plea deal with a Grand Junction man who paid fines of $3,360.50 for willful destruction of wildlife, illegal take of three or more big game animals, and hunting with artificial light.

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests issued a closure order for the lower portion of National Forest System trail #250 (Richmond Trail) and trailhead north of Highway 550 beginning July 20 through July 30. The purpose of the closure is for public health and safety…

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Due to low flows and warm water temperatures, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing after noon on the 4 mile section of Tomichi Creek that runs through CPW’s Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area, located just east of Gunnison. The voluntary fishing closure i…

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Due to extremely low flows and concerns about warm water temperatures, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to self-regulate their fishing activities. Effective immediately, CPW is placing a voluntary fishing closure on the Dolores River from noon through the remainder of the day.

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The Grand Mesa Visitor Center opened for the summer June 19. The visitor center will be open every day through the last Sunday in September from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors can purchase maps, recreation passes (annual, senior, access passes). Forest Service fuelwood permits will not be availabl…

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