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Secrets to the Big Game Draw

2018 Big Game BrochureAre you interested in big game hunting opportunities in Colorado, but you’re struggling with the limited license application process? If so, Bryan Posthumus’ Secrets to the Big Game Draw Seminar will help you simplify the application process, create a preference point strategy, and make the most of your limited license applications. If you want to hunt big game in Colorado, this is your chance to learn the secrets to the big game draw. Read more

Field Dressing Pheasants

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Yuma County Pheasant. Photo by © Mike DelliVeneri/CPW

December and January offer ideal pheasant hunting conditions in Colorado. The opening day crowds have thinned, crops have been cut and harvested and the cooler air is just right for walking the draws, sloughs and grassy fields in search of roosters. For those lucky hunters that are able to get some time in the field, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has some field dressing advice that will help protect your harvest and keep you legal. Watch Trent Verquer, Grasslands Habitat Coordinator, and Josh Melby, District Wildlife Manager, for some tips that will get you on the right path to field dressing your next pheasant. Read more

2017 Colorado Outdoors Photo Issue Video

COLORADO’S HEARTBEAT

Each year, as the anticipation mounts for the photo issue, I find myself reflecting on the year and how intertwined our future is with our past. I am grateful for the abundance of wildlife, healthy habitat and our world-class state parks that provide the intersection of conservation and outdoor recreation. 

For more than a century, conservation work has been the primary mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Nationwide, wildlife agencies were created to ensure the prosperity of both game and nongame species. CPW employees are dedicated professionals who work passionately for Colorado’ resources every day. And the agency is fortunate to be supported by dedicated sportsmen and sportswomen who cherish Colorado’s parks and wildlife. Read more

Shelter (Outdoor Survival Series Chapter 8)

Colorado’s weather can change in an instant and the ability to quickly find shelter in the backcountry is crucial to survival.

An unexpected change in weather over Ridgeway State Park. Photo by Nick Clement/CPS

An unexpected change in weather over Ridgeway State Park. Photo by Nick Clement/CPW

A great option for an emergency shelter is a brightly colored 4mm thick trash bag.  The bags are affordable, easy to transport and provide a durable and effective shelter. Read more

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. 

Staying Hydrated (Outdoor Survival Series Chapter 6)

 

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Water purification tablets. Photo by Nick Clement/CPW.

Dehydration is one of the greatest threats to hunters, hikers and outdoor recreationists. Each year, hundreds of people face potentially life-threatening situations in the outdoors simply because they didn’t bring enough water with them. In this Colorado Outdoors Survival Series, we’ll discuss the best methods for purifying water and offer tips on how to stay properly hydrated in Colorado’s backcountry.

Click HERE to visit the previous chapter in this series.

Using a Map & Compass (Outdoor Survival Series Chapter 5)

 

CPW Photo by Nick Clement

CPW Photo by Nick Clement

 

Colorado’s backcountry and rugged terrain can confuse and disorient even the most experienced outdoorsman. Therefore, it’s important to know how to use a map and compass to avoid getting lost when venturing into remote areas. In this chapter of Colorado Outdoors‘ Survival Series, you will learn how to navigate your way to safety in any situation. To view the previous chapter in this series, click HERE.

Controlling Panic (Outdoor Survival Series Chapter 4)

If you happen to find yourself lost in Colorado’s backcountry, panic is a normal reaction. I have found myself lost while exploring new areas and that initial rush of adrenaline from the panic can be intense.

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Using the STOP acronym can help immensely.

    • SIT for 30 minutes and drink water
    • THINK and evaluate your threats
    • OBSERVE your surroundings and take in options
    • PLAN then implement that plan

In this fourth chapter and video, we explore the steps necessary to your survival in case you find yourself lost. These steps allow the chemicals in your body to subside, ensuring a rational thought process. Click HERE to go to the previous chapter in this series. To view the next chapter, click HERE.

 

Survival Kit (Outdoor Survival Series Chapter 3)

The most important thing to remember is that your survival kit is NO GOOD unless it is with you. When I venture more than 200 feet from the truck, trailhead or camp I always make sure I have my survival kit.

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Photo by Nick Clement/CPW.

This small kit includes those things that will enable you to survive an unforeseen situation. Your kit should contain the tools necessary to build a fire, provide shelter, signal for help and stay hydrated:

  1. FIRE – metal match and Vaseline-soaked cotton balls
  2. SHELTER – 4mm-thick bag, 8×10 tarp
  3. SIGNAL – whistle, mirror, orange flagging tape
  4. HYDRATION – chlorine tablets

In this third chapter and video, we will take a closer look at the essential items to stock in your survival kit. Click HERE to go to the previous chapter in this series. Click HERE to go to Chapter 4 .

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