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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • Weather impacts everything, including wildlife

    Colorado’s mild winter that just ended March 20 when the first day of spring was ushered in, created a lot of puzzling weather problems that has impacted waterfowl migration numbers and routes this season.

  • “The Place” to be

    Sometimes, the best part of a day hunting is spending part of the day in a small country town where life is calm and the folks simply kick back. The uncongested country landscape can be more than cornfields, CRP grass or tree stands. We all have had those hunting days when the only thing we bagged is a good cup of coffee or country café lunch. And that can make for a good day in itself.

  • Duck, duck, gone?

    Duck hunters are probably frustrated with the lack of ducks in Eastern Colorado. While U.S. Fish & Wild Service and Ducks Unlimited field counts show that most duck species numbers are constant or up from previous years. Colorado’s Division of Wildlife is at a loss as well, as to why more ducks are not seen along the South Platte River basin. Concern has led the DOW to conduct a three-year study, specifically along the South Platte River from Greeley to the Nebraska state line.

  • Daughters, dads and the outdoors

    Sometimes as a father drawn to the outdoors, you don’t always see if that personal passion for nature and outdoors catches on with the daughters as much as it typically does with the sons. My two sons, Jay and Mark, followed me to the duck blind, goose pit and along big-game trails at a very early age. Not so with my daughter Kylee, at least not at that very early age. Things did change, and Dad was very excited by her developing interest and the time shared in the outdoors.