Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, Outdoors, Water, Wildfire

“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

Earl Oesterling first noticed the smoke plumes of the Cameron Peak fire near his business, Ivory & Antler Outfitters, in mid-August. He knew that signaled trouble for hunting even beyond the crowds and the drought that already beset the area.  The Jackson County outfitter, located about 20 miles west of what became a massive wildfire […]

Posted inColoradans, Culture, Environment, Outdoors

More Colorado fishing holes have closed this year than in the past 10. Anglers are rushing to fill their freezers.

GREELEY — Juan Jiminez comes to Poudre Ponds for the peace. The fish are a bonus. Jiminez, 47, of Greeley works the graveyard shift stocking shelves at King Soopers. He loves to unwind after work at the pond, so much so that he rarely changes out of his khakis. The pond, in fact, seemed to […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Nature deserves better treatment. Let’s be stewards, not users.

In these strange, upsetting times, it is helpful to find silver linings.  Sure, my 4-year-old hasn’t played on a jungle gym since March.  But he is awesome at climbing the pirate ship/climbing wall/jungle gym built of scaffolding in our driveway.  It’s the COVID silver linings that will leave the lasting mark on ourselves and families. Human […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Opposition grows to new Colorado rule requiring purchase of hunting, fishing license to access some public lands

An animal rights group opposed to hunting has sued Colorado Parks and Wildlife over a new rule that requires visitors to buy a hunting or fishing license to access State Wildlife Areas and State Trust Lands. The lawsuit comes as a diverse group of users of state public lands — hikers, climbers and paddlers — […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors

Hunting, fishing licenses required (even if you don’t hunt or fish) for hundreds of Colorado wildlife areas

The Colorado Wildlife Commission in late April approved new licensing rules for visitors to the 350-plus State Wildlife Areas and nearly 240 State Trust Lands.  “We are seeing a lot of unintended use of these properties and these lands were acquired for specific wildlife purposes using hunting and fishing dollars,” said Travis Duncan, a public […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News, Outdoors

You’re not supposed to travel more than 10 miles for outdoor recreation during Colorado’s safer-at-home phase

Colorado is loosening some restrictions on people’s movement starting this week as the state enters a new phase of its battle against the new coronavirus, but travel for outdoor recreation is one area that’s not being relaxed.  In fact, there may actually be stricter limits in place for people seeking some fresh air.  Gov. Jared […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Colorado is owed 9,900 acres by the federal government. But getting that land could mean no more recreating on it.

The whisper of transferring federal lands to states typically ignites firestorms, with conservationists, sportsmen and mountain communities fearing a shift of ownership could lead to unfettered development, lost access, habitat degradation and injury to recreation-based economies.  But this week’s proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to transfer 17,700 acres of federal land and 6,000 […]

Posted inEnvironment, News

Judge vacates part of protection decision on cutthroat trout species found in Colorado, New Mexico

A judge has asked U.S. biologists to explain part of a determination that a trout native to Colorado and New Mexico doesn’t merit an endangered species listing. But U.S. District Court Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger found that a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the Rio Grande cutthroat […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Outsider

Fish ladders and boat chutes part of a massive dam rebuild on the Arkansas River

GRANITE — The Arkansas river both ambles and rages below Leadville, with gold-medal fishing, Class II to Class V rapids hosting hundreds of thousands of rafting trips and a vast, aging network of reservoirs and pipelines that water two of the biggest — and thirstiest — cities in the state. But just below the former […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado’s outdoor opportunity: Open state lands to public access

Colorado’s population and recreation economies are booming. The state’s outdoor opportunities are the catalyst behind this growth.  A side effect of this growth is the strain on existing public lands and recreational infrastructure. Permit systems have been proposed for the Maroon Bells Wilderness, campgrounds are booked months in advance, and anglers stand shoulder to shoulder […]