Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 26, 2014: Parks and Rec offers basketball for younger ages |

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 26, 2014: Parks and Rec offers basketball for younger ages

Registration is now open for boys and girls in kindergarten through second grade to play Craig Parks and Recreation basketball.

The cost is $40, and the season will take place from February to April. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 7, and those who register late will be placed on a waiting list with no guarantee of placement.

For more information, call 970-826-2029.

Indoor soccer games begin in January

A series of indoor soccer games will be offered starting Jan. 5 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Games are from 7 to 9 p.m., boys on Mondays and Wednesdays and girls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Participation is limited to students in grades eight through 12.

Water aerobics classes available

A new session of water aerobics exercise classes will be available from Jan. 6 to March 26 at the Moffat County High School pool.

Classes take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, promoting cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, body toning and water fun. Classes cost $4 per individual session.

Participants must be at least 15 years old.

For more information, call 970-826-2017.

Antler collection restricted in winter

Gunnison — To minimize disturbance to animals during winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds those who collect big-game shed antlers of the special regulations in the Gunnison Basin that restrict when antlers can be collected from public lands.

In the Gunnison Basin, where antler-shed collecting is popular, two regulations are in place on public lands in big game management units 54, 55, 551, 66 and 67. Collection of shed antlers is prohibited on public lands within those units from Jan. 1 through March 14. From March 15 through May 15, shed antler collection is prohibited from legal sunset to 10 a.m.

The regulations also are aimed at preventing disruption of Gunnison sage grouse during their mating period in the early spring.

“Wildlife must expend a lot of energy to survive the winter; big game animals can lose 30 percent of their body weight,” said J Wenum, area wildlife manager for CPW in Gunnison, in a press release. “The less disturbance the better the chance that they’ll make it through the winter.”

Those who violate the special regulations can be fined $70, be assessed five penalty points against their hunting and fishing privileges and any antlers collected will be confiscated. Harassing wildlife is also illegal under state statute and can result in additional fines.

“These regulations have been in place for several years, so collectors should know about them, no one can plead ignorance,” Wenum said.

Collectors are advised to consult official sunset tables and to obtain accurate maps of the areas. Anyone who has questions about the regulations can contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Gunnison. Collectors and other recreationists also should be aware that in order to protect Gunnison sage grouse leks, the Bureau of Land Management and Gunnison County close numerous roads throughout the basin to motorized travel during the winter and early spring.

Gates are locked and a notice is posted at those locations. To learn about road closures or to report road closure violations, call the BLM at 970-642-4940, the U.S. Forest Service at 970-641-0471 or Gunnison County at 970-641-8201.

Anyone who sees people collecting antlers during closure hours or who suspects other wildlife violations is asked to call the Gunnison Parks and Wildlife office at 970-641-7060.

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