A large group of Craig residents made their way out to Wyman’s Living History Museum on Saturday to pick up some tricks of the trade when it comes to outdoor recreation.
Wyman’s was the host site for the Family Cast, Blast n’ Twang, an event put on by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with Northwest Colorado Outfitters and Safari Club International. Parks and Wildlife provided a lunch and learning opportunities for fishing, shooting and archery.
“We’re introducing people to different outdoor opportunities,” said Mike Swaro, district wildlife manager for Parks and Wildlife. “We’ve got fishing and shooting sports. Were hoping to spark some interest in people and create more outdoor recreation among families.”
Making the Cast n’ Blast a family event was important to Parks and Wildlife in order to foster a true enjoyment of the outdoor activities from top to bottom.
“Sometime if only the kids go out and the parents aren’t involved, it can fizzle out,” Swaro said. “If we can get the whole group out here, maybe they’ll al pick it up and it can become a family thing they do down the road.”
About 50 to 60 Craig residents came to take part in the activities of the day, with both newcomers and those with more experience in shooting and fishing.
Dustin Largent, 12, is visiting Craig for the summer and took advantage of the .22 rifle and shotgun shooting ranges that were available.
“I just really like shooting, so we came out and did it,” Largent said about the friends he came with.
Some families were there, as well. Sandra Loya, of Craig, came with a large group of her children and grandchildren.
They made sure to try out everything available at Cast n’ Blast.
“My son told us the DOW was having this out here today and we said, 'Let’s go,'” Loya said. “We’ve been out here fishing and having a good time. My grandson did the shotgun and really enjoyed that, and my granddaughter did the archery. She really liked that and she was good at it.”
The family has not done much fishing or shooting before but were happy to learn fly and bait fishing, as well as try out the different guns and bows, Loya said.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com