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.
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.
Public and private shooting ranges available in Northwest Colorado.
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.
The Family Cast, Blast and Twang takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wyman Living History Museum, sponsored by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Northwest Colorado Outfitters Chapter, Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter and Brother’s Custom Processing.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
As part of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s community education courses, a concealed carry NRA basic pistol certification course will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bears Ears Sportsman Club, north of Craig on Moffat County Road 7. The $65 class includes about six hours of instruction and one to two hours of shooting.
Moffat County Fair and Trapper Fitness Center will host a 5K Family Fun Run at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 7 a.m. in the Pavilion parking lot. The cost to run is $15, which includes a t-shirt and ticket for door prizes. Registration is due at sign-up.
Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 7, 2015: Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School to host fall sports meetings
Moffat County High School’s fall sports teams will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the MCHS auditorium. The meeting, which will include coaches and athletic department personnel, is for parents of students planning to participate in football, volleyball, cross country or boys soccer.
Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 3, 2015: Friends of Moffat County Education names top runners in Saturday race
As part of the Moffat County Balloon Festival, Friends of Moffat County Education saw dozens of runners turn out for the early morning Elevate Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run. The group provided prizes for the fleetest of foot in several age brackets. Top boy and girl under age 13 were Wyatt Mortenson and Emma Jones. In ages 13 to 18, Connor Scranton and Lauren Samuelson were the top finishers.
After many weeks of play starting in May, Craig Softball Association will conclude its season in the coming week with a championship tournament at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St. The B League will play Monday and A League Tuesday, with both groups holding games Wednesday and Thursday to determine the overall winner. Games are at 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. Stockmen’s Liquor leads the season with a 20-2 record.
As part of Moffat County Balloon Festival, Friends of Moffat County Education will host the Elevate Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. during the hot air balloon launch, with the races beginning at 7 a.m. The cost is $20 for ages 18 and older, kids run for free. Everyone receives a t-shirt, and prizes will go to the top individuals in different age brackets with a traveling trophy going to the group or business with the most racers.
With the big game hunting seasons approaching quickly, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering “Field Dressing 101,” another in a long line of free seminars geared toward helping hunters have a successful season, according to a news release.