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Outdoors

  • Bill would enhance outdoor opportunities for kids

    Political coverage of late is extremely argumentative, partisan and trying to most. But there is a local political issue you can understand and can weigh in on. Colorado House Bill 1131, known as the “Colorado Kids Outdoors Bill” would promote, support and fund a wide range of environmental education, recreation, wildlife, hunting and fishing programs for our youth. The bill will encourage kids to better understand the outdoors and wildlife opportunities.

  • The circuitous route of the Canada Goose

    Whether sportsmen are simply drawn to the daily flights of the local Canada geese, they attract our attention and have become winter residents in our local neighborhoods.     

    The geese can be an irritation to golfers and park managers. Conversely, they offer an up close and personal nature experience for kids and those who enjoy observing wildlife.

  • Unusual Colorado winter sends geese up the river

    Water fowl hunters are admittedly experiencing a frustrating year. Unusual weather patterns and a possible change in duck migration routes are some of the issues hunters and Division of Wildlife are mulling over as to the reason 2009-10 waterfowl season has been such a bust.

  • The New Years “Top 10” To-Dos

    As we enter a new decade and a new year, is a good time to reflect on how our outdoors world is so different and sometimes threatened. It is timely for us to be more involved and more aware of the changes occurring in the world of fishing, hunting and for our wildlife. Consider these “top 10” ways to support our outdoors.

        10. Set more time aside to go fishing and hunting. Today’s family, work and community obligations can easily fill in calendars. Time outdoors fishing and hunting is a time of renewal of the spirit and mind.

  • Various hunting seasons well under way

    Goose hunting season opened Nov. 21 (to Feb. 15); pheasant season Nov. 14 (to Jan. 31) and final split duck season Nov. 7 (to Jan. 24).  Many hunters are busy making those early trips to the fields, ponds and rivers.

        In the meantime, a host of outdoors news and activities is circulating that we will share in this column.

  • Prepping for duck and pheasant seasons

    The water fowler and the pheasant-hunting crowd have promising hunting days ahead. The USFWS, Ducks Unlimited and Division of Wildlife agree on the optimism for more migrating ducks and see the state’s spring pheasant hatch and numbers on the rise as well.

  • Hunting season kicks off

    The morning air is noticeably crisper. Temperatures are dropping slightly, water is cooling, fish are more active and game bird migrations are in process. It is fall and a whole new agenda of outdoors opportunities are unfolding.

    As a springboard, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is celebrating the National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 28, with a variety of educational seminars and displays at their agency headquarters, 6060 N. Broadway, just west off I-25 and 58th Avenue

  • Duck season looks prime for waterfowl hunters

    I am not sure how I feel about this global warming/climate change issue. It seems logical to me over the centuries there would be cyclical changes in temperatures and climates. I am convinced those cycles occur, but I can also appreciate what man’s activities here on earth in our life times can influence temperatures and the environment.

  • Pesky zebra mussels mean new prevention programs at lakes, reservoirs

    Anglers who prefer boat fishing to shoreline or stream fishing need to be prepared for new, wide-ranging aquatic nuisance species inspection and prevention programs at most Colorado lakes and reservoirs.

    The mischievous zebra/quagga mussels, carried into the U.S. by international, sea-going commercial freighters, have spread virtually nationwide. The nasty mussels clot water-piping systems. As they complete life cycles and decay, they can create taste and odor problems for domestic water consumers.

  • News and views on local wildlife issues

    The new Washington leadership has drafted new gun control legislation in the form of House Bill 45. Sportsmen are encouraged to read this bill and get familiar with is new intended limitations and controls. It contains more restrictive controls over all firearms, sporting arms included. E-mail Carolyn_Boller@MarkUdall.senate.gov and ask a copy of the bill be e-mailed to you to read.