After bagging deer close to home, Tehya Johnson plans to hunt much more
You only get one hunting story about your first time claiming an animal, and Tehya Johnson will have a good yarn to spin for years to come. During Johnson’s first hunting season in October 2015, the teenager stuck close to home. Very close — specifically right in the driveway of her family’s house near Cedar Mountain, about five miles north of Craig in Northwest Colorado.
Colorado State Championships among many taxidermy shows Mark Zimmerman attends
Dozens of eyes stare down from the walls of Mark Zimmerman’s workshop on the outskirts of Craig, each belonging to an animal that, if it weren’t completely motionless, you would swear was still alive. That’s the aim of Bullseye Taxidermy, a business he has operated full-time for the past 13 years. In that time, he’s stuffed and mounted countless critters from a myriad hunting trips, many of which have earned him some prominent prizes.
Owner: Colorado still a ‘premier destination’ with international reputation
The memories made on a hunting trip can last forever, but as Amy Martin Shaffer puts it, the one-tenth of a second it can take to pull the trigger can only happen after hours, days, weeks or months of preparation.
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The hunting season vibe is in full throttle in Craig, bringing orange and camouflage colors into restaurants, retail stores and businesses across Moffat County.
Tuesday morning, law enforcement officers located two 16-year-old boys who got lost while grouse hunting on Black Mountain Monday evening.
CPW seeks persons of interest
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are asking the public for help in identifying the person or persons responsible for shooting and injuring a high-quality mule deer buck with an arrow approximately Sept. 9 or 10, in the southwest side of the city of Craig, according to a CPW press release.
In 2012, Northwest Colorado’s town of Craig officially achieved a status that residents and recurring tourists had known for years. The designation of “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” became a true trademark for the city, largely thanks to five years of effort by local businessman John Ponikvar, who put forth the time and money in the venture in order to brand Craig in the right way. More than a mere slogan, the title is one that remains an important part of promoting all the area has to offer to incoming hunters from around the globe.
Northwest Colorado is famous for its elk and deer herds, due to the waves of hunters coming to the region each year. However, for those wanting to pursue different game, Mike Gates, owner of DJ Rams, offers specialized ram hunts on his ranch south of Dinosaur.
With the 2015 hunting season under way, the Elk Hunting Capital of the World is set to welcome hunters from nearby and abroad who area eager to take down the area’s prized game.
The high mountains, scattered forests and expansive plains of Northwest Colorado have made the area a popular hub for hunting. For those wanting to take down game during any season, from antelope to trophy elk, the place is a dreamland. The town of Craig is nestled in the center of this hunting mecca, owing to its reputation as the elk hunting capital of the world. Massive herds roam just miles from the town as they alternate their time between the high and low country. That is the reason why Doug and Janet Camilletti, owners of Frosty Acres Outfitting, started up their business more than 25 years ago on their ranch just north of Craig.
2014’s winter aids growth in animals
One hunting season’s loss is another one’s gain. Strong herd numbers this year mean positive things for big game hunters converging on the Northwest Colorado area. Post-hunt estimates by Colorado Parks & Wildlife show an increase for certain herds, such as the Bears Ears elk herd in Moffat County, which stands at about 24,000, according to the agency's count following the 2014 seasons.
State's system allows ease and choice in planning hunting trips
Sportsmen in the United States have a lot of choices about where to hunt, but with 23 million acres of public lands and the largest elk herds in North America, Colorado has much to offer.
When you’ve got a freezer full of elk, it helps to have a little inspiration about what to do with it. The following five recipes covers most of the bases, whether you have company coming over for a summertime dinner on the patio or a hungry family to feed.
Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hunters preparing for a trip to Colorado can purchase over-the-counter licenses both online, in person and over the phone at 1-800-244-5613.
In April, Steamboat will have the unique opportunity to see the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Great Elk Tour that regularly goes to national trade shows or conventions.
Justin McCurdy receives two-year prison sentence
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Moffat County District Attorney’s Office recently completed an investigation and prosecution of a Craig resident for a variety of wildlife offenses.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating three additional incidents of illegally killed bull elk in high-quality hunting units in Moffat County, adding to three high-quality bulls illegally killed in Game Management Unit 10 in early November, near the town of Dinosaur.
Craig Trap Club will host its annual Turkey Shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at its gun range west of Craig, north of Highway 40.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigators are asking the public for help in finding the person or persons responsible for killing and abandoning three mature, high-quality bull elk near the town of Dinosaur this past week.
Tiana Nichols and Blake Juergens both harvested their first deer in October during the second season, and neither had to travel too far to do so.
What's left of Colorado's 2014 hunting season?
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife information-gathering, the large migrations of elk in far Northwest Colorado didn't come early enough to make the big-game hunting easy on everyone.
This fall, hunters will have access to the amazing content that the Craig Daily Press and community produce for our widely read Colorado Hunter magazine. Yet, we can’t produce the publication without your help. Each year, we save a large chunk of the magazine for reader photos and written submissions. That means you have an opportunity to have your hunting photos and stories printed in our magazine.