Craig briefs: Hunting education class to be held in Hayden
A hunter education course will be held at Hayden High School from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 to 23. The course costs $10.
A basic hunter education class is required for hunters who were born after Jan. 1, 1949.
Participants in this class must be at least 9 years old, and children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The hunting manual is written for a third-grade reading level and can be picked up at registration to be reviewed prior to the first class. Attendance at all class sessions is required.
Call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Steamboat Springs at 970-871-2855 to register.
Colorado receives grant for outdoor recreation
The state of Colorado received a $750,000 award this month through the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for establishing and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities, according to a press release.
“This award ensures we can continue to broaden and strengthen Colorado’s outdoor recreation community,” Bob Broscheid, Colorado Parks and Wildlife director, said in a statement.
The award is disbursed to local governments through an annual grant cycle administered by the Colorado State Trails Program within Parks and Wildlife. Applications are analyzed and scored based upon priorities outlined in Colorado’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
CPW to hold West Slope Mule Deer Summit
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in coordination with The Keystone Center, will hold a West Slope Mule Deer Summit on Aug. 9 in Glenwood Springs, according to a press release.
The presentation will include a draft of the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy slated to be released early next month. The event is free and open to the public.
CPW and The Keystone Center invite public review and comments on the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy draft as it serves as a guide to future CPW efforts to increase mule deer populations in Western Colorado. The summit is in response to recent mule deer population declines across the Western U.S. and, specifically, several areas on the Western Slope, including the White River National Forest.
“The declining mule deer population concerns our agency and many stakeholders across the state,” CPW Wildlife and Natural Resources Assistant Director, Chad Bishop said in a statement. “The West Slope Mule Deer Summit is intended to bring people together to identify shared strategies that ensure one of Colorado’s most cherished species remains abundant for future generations.”
CPW and The Keystone Center have facilitated seven public meetings, including two on Colorado’s Front Range and five on the Western Slope, so far this year. Discussions among sportsmen, landowners, outfitters, biologists, wildlife managers, other state and federal agencies, local elected officials and interested members of the public have focused on issues facing mule deer and possible solutions.
Register online at http://www.keystone.org/muledeerstatesummit to attend or be notified of when the draft Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy is available. Learn about Colorado’s mule deer story at http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/pages/co-muledeerstory.aspx.