Big Mack Attack

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Theo focused on landing his first Mackinaw. All photos by © Doug Skinner/CPW 

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Flathead Lake Whitefish

For several weeks, my wife and son have been asking to plan a fishing trip. And Theo was not just asking for any fishing trip, but a trip where he would have a chance to add new species and preferably a new size record to his fishing list. Last summer, he caught his personal record in Montana – a good-sized whitefish out of Flathead Lake. The whitefish was not huge, but it whet his appetite for bigger fights. And while he enjoyed catching the whitefish, it was bothering him that his biggest catch was an out of state fish. He was looking for a Colorado fish to be his “personal record.” Read more

10 Tips for Hunting Doves in Colorado

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A harvested mourning dove. Photo by Jerry Neal (CPW)

When it comes to small-game hunting, doves are arguably the greatest challenge for wingshooters. Although these fast flyers are Colorado’s most plentiful game bird, you’ll need to bring your “A” game to fill the 15-bird daily limit.  The following tips and information will help you have more fun and put more doves in your game-bag.  Additionally, the 2017 season has been extended to November 29, which will give huners an increased opportunity to get out into the field.
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Video: Colorado Big-Game Hunting Forecast

As summer fades and temperatures cool, Colorado’s big-game seasons are about to heat up. And, if you plan to hunt this fall you have plenty of reasons to look forward to opening day. Wildlife biologists, in general, predict good hunting across most of the state.

This video provides statewide and regional forecasts for the 2017 big-game seasons:
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Blog post and video by Jerry Neal. Neal is a videographer and information specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

4 Winter Adventure Destinations

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Winter fly fishing at Stagecoach State Park. Photo by © Nora Logue/CPW

With temperatures reaching into the 60s, planning a winter adventure may not be at the top of your “to do” list. But, with 2018 zipping by, February is the perfect time to strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and head out into a snow-filled state park. Whether you’re looking to try something new or merely squeeze in a few more days of your favorite winter activities, these four state parks offer everything a winter adventurer could desire. Read more

2018 Colorado Outdoors Preference Point Issue

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If you’re a Colorado big-game hunter, now’s the time to prepare for the 2018 hunting seasons.

Colorado Outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s conservation magazine, is a valuable planning resource for hunters. The Jan/Feb issue features preference-point data and statewide herd-population estimates to guide big-game hunters in applying for limited big-game licenses. This is a must-have item for any Colorado hunter. Read more

Protect Tomorrow by Paying Attention Today

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In the past 50 years, Colorado’s population has increased from 2 million to more than 5.5 million. As a result, Colorado’s landscape is undergoing tremendous change – changes extreme enough to elicit a bevy of “I remember” statements from Colorado natives, newbies and repeat visitors. “I remember when there was less traffic.” “I remember when there were more farms and fewer houses.” Statements such as these only begin to illustrate the challenges of a state that entices people to visit and relocate, resulting in one of the nation’s fastest growing populations. Read more

Turkey Biology and Hunting Tactics

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Many people mock the tale of Benjamin Franklin suggesting the wild turkey as a symbol for our young nation. Those people have obviously never hunted for turkey. If they had, ol’ Ben wouldn’t seem so far off base. Photo by © Vic Schendel/CPW

During the last 30-plus years, I have hunted in four states and have harvested one or two turkeys each year (I struck out one year). Having spent my professional career as a biologist, I’ve always combined my hunting experience with biology. Most of my hunts have been for the Rio Grande subspecies in river bottom habitat, but I also have hunted the Merriam’s subspecies in three states.

There are key turkey biological periods during a typical spring hunting season, and hunting tactics need to match these specific periods. Learning to recognize these distinct periods can be the secret to harvesting the long beards in any area.
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A Majestic Mystery

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Bald Eagle. Photo by © Wayne Lewis/CPW.

Mystery surrounds bald eagles as CPW parks celebrate the national symbol

There’s a mystery surrounding Colorado’s bald eagles. The birds migrate through Colorado every year by the hundreds, roosting, hunting, fishing, nesting and producing new chicks. But recently they’ve migrated away from a favorite viewing site and no one is quite sure why.

Just 25 years ago, so many bald eagles congregated at Lake Pueblo State Park, in Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) southeast region, that a winter festival was created to celebrate the majestic national symbol.

But something strange has happened. These days, it’s getting hard at Lake Pueblo to find any bald eagles, instantly recognizable with their distinctive white heads and tails accenting their dark brown bodies and wings, and their piercing eyes looking down over imposing hooked yellow beaks. Read more

4 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Bird

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Photo by © Mike DelliVeneri/CPW

YOTB_stacked_K2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed. To honor its success, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to make 2018 the “Year of the Bird.” The next twelve months will be a celebration of scientific research and conservation efforts that protect birds today and will inspire and recommit support for the next hundred years.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proud to join a group of more than one hundred conservation-minded organizations, such as National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International, to help rally local and worldwide awareness and support for birds and their habitats. Ensuring the success of migratory birds is an integral part of CPW’s mission to protect the wildlife resources of Colorado for current and future generations. Read more

A New Year’s Resolution for a Better Colorado

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Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Why not consider a resolution that offers an opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing, while positively influencing the people and environment in which we live?

With this lofty objective in mind, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites you to resolve to become part of the State Parks NatureFinder project and to support conservation as a citizen scientist. Conveniently, this resolution should fit nicely into the usual bundle of resolutions – like starting a new workout, losing weight, enjoying life to the fullest, and spending more time with family and friends. And with a little outdoor multitasking as a citizen scientist, you can provide the valuable service of viewing and tracking changes in biodiversity! Read more

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