NW Colo.’s “deer factory”

RBC I As the comment period closes today on a plan that will determine the administration of more than 1.5 million acres of public lands in western Colorado, more than 500 hunters and anglers in the last week alone have requested a management approach that better conserves valuable big-game habitat while allowing some development of […]

Conserving world-class habitat

RBC I For decades, sportsmen in northwest Colorado have hunted some of the world’s largest herds of elk, mule deer and pronghorn in an area known as the “mule deer factory.”

Hunters in GMU 22 advised of capture operation

MEEKER I As part of an ongoing mule deer study in the Piceance Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting helicopter capture and collaring operations in Game Management Unit 22, beginning in early December.

World War II veteran has luck of the draw

World War II Navy veteran Dale States scopes the hillsides looking for elk. The 89-year-old veteran uses a walking stick made from the teak wood deck of the battleship North Carolina. States said the walking stick was made by one of his shipmates Paul Wieser, after the battleship was restored in 1999. “Paul is no longer with us but I called his wife and told her I used the stick to steady my gun and I shot my antelope this year,” States said.

MEEKER I World War II veteran Dale States, 89, has been hunting all his life but this was the first time he drew tags for antelope, deer and elk all in the same year. States had already filled his antelope and deer tags but needed a place to hunt to try and fill the private […]

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?

Middle Elk fire area closed for safety reasons

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs.

Hunting season here …

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Jason Steiner, owner of Stage Stop Meat Market and Deli on the corner of Market and School streets, said hunting season business has been good so far this year.

Record breaker …


Rangely local Tom Walz recently learned that he made the Boone & Crockett records book with the mountain lion he harvested last Christmas Eve with Wayne Pennell of Cathedral Creek Outfitters.

Outfitter convicted of 6 felonies

MEEKER I Big game hunting outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, of Meeker, Colo., was convicted by a federal jury in Denver of six charges of violating the Lacey Act, according to an announcement from the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Elk Crossing…

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A small herd of elk recently crossed the White River between Meeker and Rangely. The Herald Times is accepting photos for the photo galleries of the 2012 fall edition of the Northwest Colorado Hunting Guide, please send them to tonya@theheraldtimes.com with a caption for consideration.

Hunting numbers set

RBC I The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved big game hunting license numbers for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Agency staff utilized herd population estimates to recommend reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears.

Outreach program helps young hunters bag first birds

Officers, youth hunters and their parents pose proudly for the camera at Bel-Aire State Wildlife Area.

RBC I Three lucky young hunters from northwest Colorado bagged their first turkeys after being selected to participate in Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 2012 Hunter Outreach Program’s Youth Turkey Hunt.