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Moffat County teen starts tradition with first hunt

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.

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Craig taxidermist preserves his trade, passes on knowledge

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.

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Craig’s ProHunt Concierge serves hunters around the globe

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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Newspaper seeks compelling hunting stories for Colorado Hunter

The Craig Daily Press is looking for interesting hunting stories for Colorado Hunter. If you have a great hunting tale, unique hunting skills or any other story idea you’d like to contribute call or email Daily Press Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or editor@craigdailypress.com.

Our View: Welcoming hunters to Craig for a great experience

The hunting season vibe is in full throttle in Craig, bringing orange and camouflage colors into restaurants, retail stores and businesses across Moffat County.

Two 16-year-old hunters found safe on Black Mountain Tuesday

Tuesday morning, law enforcement officers located two 16-year-old boys who got lost while grouse hunting on Black Mountain Monday evening.

Mule deer illegally shot with arrow in Craig last week

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.

Craig’s ‘Elk Hunting Capital’ continues to promote multiple opportunities

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.

Business Buzz: Private ram hunting business offers exclusive hunts

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.

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Hunting season kicks off in Northwest Colorado

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.

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Craig outfitters guide visitors to a good time

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.

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Elk, deer herds showing good numbers for 2015 hunting

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.

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Options abound for Colorado hunters

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.

Elk for every occasion: 5 simple, everyday recipes

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.

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Over-the-counter, leftover licenses offered for Colorado hunting

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.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Great Elk Tour scheduled to make a stop in Steamboat

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.

Craig resident pleads guilty to illegal hunting

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.

CPW seeks help with Moffat County poaching incidents

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 fired up for annual Turkey Shoot

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.

CPW seeks those liable for illegally killing, abandoning three elk in Northwest Colorado

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.



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Craig youths claim 1st bucks on hunting trips

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.

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Hunting season still going strong in Northwest Colorado

What's left of Colorado's 2014 hunting season?

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Area hunting improves in 2013, still difficult west of Craig

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.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: We need your photos, stories for Colorado Hunter

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.

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