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Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 31, 2015: Get moving with Girls on the Run

Registration is open through Sept. 4 for the running program Girls on the Run, available to female athletes in grades three through five. Additionally, the sister team, Heart & Sole, is open to girls in grades six through eight. The after-school program trains girls in the sport over 10 weeks and teaches them how to stay physically strong during running while also building a healthy body image and having fun, eventually participating in a 5K in November.

Hunting briefs for Aug. 29, 2015: Safari Club selling tickets for drawing

Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter is selling tickets for a drawing as part of its efforts to support 4-H shooting sports, work with disabled veterans and other projects in the area. The prize available is a Teton four-burner gas grill. Singles are $5 apiece, while a book of five is $20. Tickets can be purchased from Mountain Man Taxidermy, Rummel Chiropractic or from Ken Fleming or Karl Huntsman. The drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mountain Man Taxidermy, and entrants need not be present to win.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 28, 2015: Co-ed volleyball registration open

Craig Parks & Recreation’s fall co-ed volleyball season begins soon, with two leagues: competitive teams play Monday nights, semi-competitive Tuesdays. Sign-up is $200 per team and $20 per player, and the deadline to register is Sept. 4.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 26, 2015: Youth organizations starting fall Fifth Quarter events

Bear River Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host several events in the coming weeks following Moffat County High School football games. Grand Futures will host a special kickoff of the Fifth Quarter series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Open to all high school and middle school ages in Craig and Hayden, the get-together is a free night of fun with a Slip ‘n Slide to commemorate the last week of summer. Grand Futures and Young Life will band together Friday night following Moffat County’s varsity gridiron game against Steamboat Springs with a parking lot dance party, admission for which is $1.

Rabbit fever found in animal in South Routt County

Forest Service officials say the incident is isolated and the risk to the public is low.

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.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 22, 2015: CNCC rodeo gets ready for bull-riding event

The sixth annual Rangely Rockin’ Bulls gets going at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Rangely’s Columbine Park. Jed Moore, Colorado Northwestern Community College rodeo coach, describes the evening as the “most action-packed night” in Rio Blanco County. Tickets are $20 for the VIP treatment, $10 for general admission for adults, $5 for children and students and free to those under 3.

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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.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 21, 2015: Safari Club selling tickets for drawing

Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter is selling tickets for a drawing as part of its efforts to support 4-H shooting sports, work with disabled veterans and other projects in the area. The prize available is a Teton four-burner gas grill. Singles are $5 apiece, while a book of five is $20.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 19, 2015: Couples golf tourney tees off in September

Registration is open for the No Down, Low Down Couples Showdown Sept. 5 and 6 at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The weekend event begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 5, and the fee of $190 per team includes two days of golf in a Chapman format, prizes, a Saturday barbecue and a Sunday breakfast. Cart fees are $36 per day. Forms are available at YVGC or at http://www.yampavalleygolf.com/files/2014/04/COUPLES-SHOWDOWN-ENTRY-FORM.pdf. The deadline to register is Aug. 31.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 15, 2015: Special access archery hunts available

Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association are sponsoring six limited, special access archery hunts in the Grand Valley this fall.

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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.

Public and private shooting ranges in Northwest Colorado

Public and private shooting ranges available in Northwest Colorado.

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