Spring turkey season opens

RBC I Between now and May 26, some 12,000 hunters will take to the fields and woods in Colorado as part of one of the fastest growing hunting sports in the United States – turkey hunting.

Conference to focus on outdoor skills

Special to the Herald Times RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Pheasants Forever are co-sponsoring a June 7-9 conference in Estes Park that will teach best practices for providing outdoor skills education.

Hunting, fishing licenses available

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses are on sale now for the 2013-14 seasons at retail outlets, at parks and wildlife offices and online.

Youth hunt offered by program

RBC I With generous support from local private landowners, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program is offering three youths the opportunity to participate in a guided, high-quality spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker.

Bone collectors: Avoid stressing area wildlife

RBC I As antler collectors travel the backcountry in search of fresh sheds this coming spring, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds them to avoid stressing wildlife still struggling to survive the cold weather and the lack of forage.

Wildlife face mixed winter in area

This deer carcass was visible on the shoulder of Highway 64 roughly half way between Meeker and Rangely this past weekend. Bill deVergie, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife manager in Meeker, said the number of vehicle run-ins with area elk and deer is on the rise, and he urged drivers to be extra careful from sunset to sunrise as the animals are increasingly looking for the greener grasses that grow along roadsides.

RBC I Winter survival for area wildlife has been a mixed bag, with elk faring better than deer, a local official with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Monday.

Shed collectors: stay on roads

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northern Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands in this area.

Sentence handed down in baiting case

MEEKER I An eight-year investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has culminated in U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello sentencing Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, owner of D & S Outfitters of Meeker, to 41 months in federal prison.

Klinglesmiths honored by CPW

Lowell and LoAnn Klinglesmith, along with their youngest son Lenny and his wife Jackie, run the LK Ranch south of Meeker and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife named them the 2012 Wildlife Landowners of the Year. “The Klinglesmiths are the epitome of the rural, hard-working cattle rancher and they serve as tremendous role models in northwestern Colorado,” said Meeker District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin.

MEEKER I The Klinglesmith family of Meeker has been named the 2012 Wildlife Landowners of the Year by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

CPW seeking volunteers

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to serve on a new statewide advisory panel that will provide feedback for the agency on hunting, fishing and wildlife management issues in Colorado.

Grants for projects: CPW accepting applications

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments to distribute up to $1.7 million for outdoor recreation activities in Colorado.

America’s largest game bird

RBC I There are a lot of people talking turkey this time of year. Roasted or deep-fried? White meat or dark? Do you want stuffing with that?