Rio Blanco County Historical Society to host event celebrating hunting heritage
We believe Rio Blanco County thrives by celebrating its heritage roots. Therefore, at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, 517 Park Ave., Rio Blanco County Historical Society will celebrate our hunting heritage and extends an invitation for all to attend.
Our special speaker, Susan Reneau, is the author of the only big game hunting book about Colorado: “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls.” An avid hunter herself, she interviewed hunters and collected all the photos for the book including dozens of never-before-seen historical photos dating from the mid-1800s. Recorded trophies need to be officially scored by an official measurer for Boone and Crockett Club; Pope and Young Club; or Longhunter Society: The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Big Game Records Program; and must be large enough to make B&C minimum awards scores even if they are not entered in B&C. There are 2,136 trophies included in the book’s listing, of which many are from Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.
One of the delights of this historic presentation will be seeing big game and hunters from our own county and area.
A few prominent mentions that Susan Reneau has listed include the cougar/mountain lion category with score 5-12/16 in Meeker in 1901 by avid hunter President Theodore Roosevelt, with trophy owner the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1956, Claude E. Shults set an all time record in the non-typical mule deer with a 248-1/8 score in Rio Blanco County. Other all time record scores set in Rio Blanco in this category include: James A. Cook in 1960 with a score of 246-6/8; Anthony L. Weiss scored 220-5/8 in 1974; and William J. deVergie scored 238-3/8 in 2008.
In 1987, Jason Steiner set a record in the black bear category with 21-5/16 in Rio Blanco County.
The presentation will also include seeing charts and maps showing where the “big boys” are from – many from our own area.
Everyone is invited to this celebration including the traditional potluck luncheon at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring a salad or dessert to share. At 1:45 p.m. there will be a brief business meeting and exciting committee reports. Followed with our special presentation 2 to 3 p.m., after which all are invited to tour the trophy exhibits in the White River Museum. Also, “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls” will be on sale at the event and for every book sold, the publisher will donate a portion of the sale to the White River Museum.
This year, a handful of Moffat County High School graduates are setting out to carry on the family tradition. From business to education, these students plan to follow in the footsteps their parents and in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents.