Author Archives: Jerry L. Neal

Wildlife Crossings Protect Motorists and Big-Game Animals Alike.

If you’ve lived in Colorado long enough, chances are you’ve had an accident or near miss with a deer or other wildlife. In an effort to reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions and protect big-game animals, CDOT, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and local residents and governments joined forces to develop a series of wildlife crossings on Highway 9 in Grand County. The innovative project is the first of its kind in Colorado and has reduced collisions by more than 90 percent.

The video below offers a detailed look at this innovative project and documents its early success.

Hay for Haxtun (CPW Helps Eastern Plains Landowner)

 

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A home burns in northeast Colorado. Photo by Brian Biesemeier.

In early March, a wildfire in northeast Colorado burned more than 30,000 acres near Haxtun, destroying several homes, thousands of acres of agricultural fields and an untold number of outbuildings.

Last week, Colorado Parks & Wildlife donated approximately 66 bales of hay to help a landowner who was affected by the fire. Wildlife managers transported the hay from Tarryall Reservoir and Cline Ranch state wildlife areas in South Park. The hay will help the rancher feed his livestock until grazing lands recover.

Area Wildlife Manager Todd Schmidt talks about the fire and the hay donation in the video below:

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Colorado’s Top Springtime Fishing Destinations

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Early spring is an ideal time to catch lake trout (Mackinaw). Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

If you’re a fisherman, there’s no better time to fish Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs than early spring. Not only is it a great time of year to shake off your cabin fever, but many trophy sized rainbow, cutthroat, cutbow and brown trout are caught in those first days and weeks after ice-out. If those weren’t enough reasons to make you want to grab your fishing rod and tackle box, spring is also the best time to catch lake trout (aka Mackinaw) — a species that can reach upwards of 50 pounds in Colorado.

Although many of Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs offer excellent fishing, the following waters provide exceptional fishing opportunities this spring: Read more

Colorado Outdoors March/April 2017 Issue Available Now!

 

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Have you seen the March/April 2017 issue of Colorado Outdoors? In this issue you’ll read about fishing the Yampa River, learn how to fish the many backcountry lakes in the Rio Grande National Forest and discover how donating your tax refund can help support endangered and nongame wildlife.

Pick up your copy or subscribe today! Click HERE to see a full contents page and to order back issues of Colorado Outdoors magazine.

5 Big Reasons to Hunt Big Game in Colorado

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Did you know that Colorado offers some of the best big-game hunting in North America? Whether you’re an experienced hunter seeking a new adventure or a complete beginner who is looking to participate in your very first elk hunt, here are five reasons why you should hunt big game in Colorado this fall:

1. Millions of Acres of Public Land

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Wide open spaces. That’s what you’ll find here. With more than 23-million acres of public land, Colorado boasts some of the best hunting access in the nation. To put this into perspective: Colorado’s public-land acreage is equal in size to the entire state of Indiana. Here you can hunt national forests, state wildlife areas, state parks, state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Hunting big game in Colorado truly epitomizes the spirit of fair chase in vast expanses of open terrain. Read more

Colorado Big-Game License Drawing: What You Need To Know

 

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The April 4th deadline to apply for a big-game license is fast approaching. And if you plan to hunt big game in Colorado this fall, now’s the time to submit your application.

Although Colorado offers a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) hunting licenses, many big-game tags, called “limited licenses,” are only available through the annual drawing.

Whether this is your first time applying for a limited license or you’ve applied before but are seeking some additional tips, here’s some information to help you successfully navigate this year’s drawing. Read more

Video: Plan Your Colorado Big-Game Hunt Using ‘Draw Recap Reports’

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If you’re a big-game hunter, now’s the time to prepare for Colorado’s limited-license drawing. The application deadline for this year’s drawing is April 4.

Did you know that Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Draw Recap Reports provide a valuable resource to help you apply for a limited big-game license? The newly redesigned reports show how many licenses were available last year in all game management units (GMUs) throughout Colorado, how many hunters applied for those limited licenses, how many of those hunters were successful drawing and preference-point requirements.  Be sure to study these reports before submitting your 2017 big-game application. Knowledge is power! Read more

Video: Gunnison Launches Big-Game Baiting Program

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Elk gather at a baiting site in the Gunnison Basin. Video capture by Jerry Neal/CPW.

Gunnison, Colorado is famous for its severe winters and snow-covered landscapes. In fact, the small, Western Slope town has earned the reputation as one of the coldest places in North America because of its sustained periods of sub-zero and record-low temperatures.

By Gunnison’s standards, 2016-17 brought warmer-than-average temperatures throughout fall and early winter. However, above average snowfall across the region in late December and early January created difficult forage conditions for big-game animals. To locate food, elk and deer moved to the lowest areas of their winter range, bringing them dangerously close to Highway 50. Read more

Video: 16,000 Trout Stocked Beneath Ice at Eleven Mile Reservoir.

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Snow and ice covers Eleven Mile Reservoir in South Park. Video capture by Jerry Neal/CPW.

On a brisk morning in early February, three hatchery trucks from the Mt. Shavano State Fish Hatchery arrive at Eleven Mile State Park. Snow crunches beneath tires as the rigs creep down the North Shore Boat Ramp and prepare to unload their cargo of 16,000 cutbow trout. After spending nearly 15 months confined to hatchery raceways and traveling more than an hour over snow-packed roads, the cutbows face just one final obstacle before their release into Eleven Mile Reservoir: 12-inches of rock-hard ice.

For most states, frozen lakes and freezing temperatures would put hatchery operations and fish-stocking plans “on ice.” Yet, this unique and ambitious effort is all part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Winter Fish-Stocking Program. Read more

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