Category: Outdoors

Hooked on Pike and a Recipe Too

From the first time I hooked a Pike I knew they were fun to catch, but with a new recipe, I’ll now be eating them too!

Memorial Day is coming and that always signals that summer-time, outdoor-time, and fishing-time are coming too. Heck! There’s a lot more than that to do, but we’ll set our limits to Pike fishing for today.

Also read – Best Day Ever! – #FlyFishing

In between all the work, travel, guiding and farming we’ve been doing we found time to share some equine therapy with a little friend.

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It’s so fun to see youngsters with huge smiles visit our horses. Those times are priceless for them and for us too. We never need any payment for such visits, but this sweet girl’s dad, who’s fished with us before, wanted to give us a break from the day’s work on the Funny Farm and spend time on the local lake.

It’s amazing what outdoor time does to a person and being on the lake is priceless. I grew up going to this body of water. For me, no matter how many times I’m there, a flood of wonderful memories come rushing in. We had fun sharing stories, chatting about our children, contemplating society, and talking about what lures and jigs are best. That’s all part of it, right? — RIGHT!

Catching-Pike-Mia-Anstine-MAC-OutdoorsOf course, we also caught a lot of fish. I’ve never kept a bass or a pike. Can you believe that?! I confess. It’s true.

We caught a couple dozen small-mouths and at least a half-dozen pike. A friend messaged on social media and said, “Those are delicious!” I asked him for his recipe, which you’ll find below, and I’ll be heading back to catch and keep one or two of those sharp-tooths to cook up in the future.

What is your favorite fish recipe?

Matthew’s Perfect Pike Recipe

Start to finish
Serves 8

Ingredients

2 quarts peanut oil (preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit)
2 Pike fillets – zipper stripped and bones removed
1 cup – Drake’s Crispy Fry Mix (use their fish recipe on the box)
12 oz beer (room temperature)

Instructions

Strip and clean the fillets then turn them over and cut dark meat (about 1/8″ thickness) off. Patt dry and cut them into bite-size pieces. Mix the Drake’s and beer together until it is smooth and well blended. Dip the fillets into the batter and then use tongs to place them into the hot oil. Let them cook until they are a crisp golden brown. Remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel lined tray to cool down. Enjoy the fish with your favorite ketchup or tartar sauce!

“If you don’t like fried fish, put the fillets in aluminum foil then add olive oil, lots of mayonnaise, lemon pepper and your favorite seasonings. Be liberal with it then close up the aluminum foil and put on the grill at 350-370 for 5-7 minutes and omg enjoy!!!”

(Recipe from Matthew Bockbrader’s kitchen.)


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Mussel-Free Colorado Act signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper

I spent multiple years working for Colorado Parks and Wildlife doing education and inspection for Aquatic Nuisance Species. This is an effort to preserve our clean waters and native fish. It’s good news to see the new law signed by Governor John Hickenlooper.

Governor John Hickenlooper signs Mussel-Free Colorado Act into law

CPW_SiteLogoDENVER, Colo. – On Tuesday, April 24, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Mussel-Free Colorado Act into law in a short ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver. The new law provides a stable funding source of $2.4 million for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Program for 2019 and beyond.

In February, the House passed the bill 44 – 20. The bill passed the Senate 24 – 10 in March.

“This is a huge win for protecting Colorado’s water,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “Stable funding for the ANS program means a stable future for Colorado.”

The law requires Colorado residents to purchase a $25 ANS stamp for their boat. Non-residents must purchase a $50 stamp. The new law also:

  • Continues Tier 2 Severance Tax appropriations, when available, to cover the remainder of the $4.5 – $5 million annual cost of ANS program implementation
  • Increases fines for ANS-related violations. The fine for unlawful boat launches without inspection will be raised from $50 to $100. The fine for knowing importation of ANS into the state will be raised from $150 to $500 for a first offense.
  • Allows CPW to charge labor/costs incurred to store and decontaminate intercepted vessels.
  • Encourages federal partners to take responsibility for ANS inspection funding at their reservoirs.

CPW-Gov-HickenlooperWhy do we need a mussel-free Colorado?

Zebra and quagga mussels are not native to the nation’s rivers, lakes and reservoirs and are considered our most serious invasive species threat. Adult infestations harm aquatic ecosystems and fisheries by disrupting the food web and outcompeting native species. They cause enormous problems for water infrastructure used for municipal, agriculture and industrial purposes by attaching to, clogging and impairing water storage, treatment and distribution systems.


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Eradicating an adult mussel infestation in an open water body is nearly impossible. Controlling infestations becomes a permanent and expensive part of normal operations post invasion. Colorado has implemented an effective prevention program to stop mussel introduction by inspecting and decontaminating watercraft before they enter our waters and ensuring that users clean, drain and dry their own watercraft in between each use.

Almost all the states east of Colorado have a zebra or quagga mussel infestation. A mandatory watercraft inspection and decontamination program, coupled with monitoring and education, is the best approach to keep Colorado free of the invasive mussels and other ANS.

In 2017, Colorado inspectors intercepted 26 boats infested with adult mussels coming in from out of state – a new record. Colorado has intercepted more than 145 boats infested with adult mussels since the ANS Program began in 2008. The number of infested boats increase each year and there have already been six infested boats intercepted in 2018.



Colorado’s ANS Program was in Jeopardy

The Colorado ANS Program was authorized by the Colorado Legislature in 2008 utilizing severance tax funds. CPW has leveraged those funds with federal and local grants to fund the ANS Program since inception. However, severance tax is a fluctuating source and federal funds have been reduced in recent years. The Mussel-Free Colorado Act is essential to providing a stable base of funding for the ANS Program to be leveraged with other dollars for the continued protection of water infrastructure, natural resources and maintaining recreational access to lakes and reservoirs. This funding source is critical to protecting our waters and water infrastructure from irreversible invasion.

For more information about CPW’s ANS Program and the Mussel-Free Colorado Act, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/ISP-ANS.aspx.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


You Need These for a Picnic in the Mountains

I just learned that it’s National Picnic Day! That means we need to get outside! While I’m not specifically in a position to head out and picnic today, I do enjoy partaking in outdoor meals quite often. Mind you, I don’t mean that I eat out on the deck. I mean that I pack a lunch, aka. picnic, and eat in the mountains all the time. Today I’ll share a few items that make the event enjoyable.

I’ll start by saying that I generally allow my trusty steed, Cowboy, to carry my snacks in his saddlebags. Because of this, I might carry more than I would in my ALPS Outdoorz Huntress backpack. Yep. When someone else is carrying your gear, you tend to pack more. However, I must mention that he never complains because I always make room for a Peanut Butter granola bar to share with him.

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Regardless of who happens to be carrying your gear, a picnic in the mountains is always at the heart of any favorite meal. Let me tell you about the set up for one of my favorites, and I hope you’ll tell me some of your faves in the comments below.

Peanut butter and jelly is a staple for a mid-day snack. Other items I love to have at 12,000′ include Chicken N’ Biscuit crackers with smoked oysters. Boy! Is that some good living when you’re way up there in the sky. H likes to carry a small bottle of yellow mustard, a hunk of cheese, and bear salami. This too we have enjoyed in the skies above the rest of the world.

When you have thin, clean air, a cool breeze, after a long hike, these flavorful snacks seem like heaven.

 

The picnics happen more often when you happen to be out on a multi-day excursion. I love to pack mini-tortillas and a Mountain House’s Chicken Fajita pouch. Mmmhmm! That stuff is divine. To make cooking easier, always pack a JetBoil or similar cooking device. Neither takes up much weight or room in your backpack, but boy are they pick-me-ups when you’re in the mountains.

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Speaking of another thing that makes a picnic with a view even better, have you ever tried the Mountain House desserts? Again — YUM! I like the cheesecake bites and have had some youngsters on trips that enjoyed the ice cream, but the very best (which is saved for success day) is the Raspberry Crumble.

There you have it. From pb&j and granola bars — to goodness on crackers — to divine dehydrated meals that will last in your pack, you too can enjoy a picnic in the mountains.

— OH WAIT! I didn’t tell you about drinks! Hydration is key, so you must remember to drink lots of fluids. Water filtration is important. You can use that JetBoil to boil water or you can carry filtration bottles or LifeStraws.

I use filtration bottles because you never know when you won’t find a stream in which to dip that straw. When it comes to calculating weight, one bottle full is definitely doable. If you happen to be out for just a day, a Hydro flask will work. If you don’t like the flavor of plain water, add some Hydrate and Recover or a drop of Mio to enhance the flavor and give your body much-needed nourishment.

It’s beautiful in our neck of the woods, but I know in many parts of the country, winter is still looming. I hope you get to get outdoors for a picnic soon. What are some or your picnic favorites?

*I am not sponsored by any of the companies or products I’ve mentioned today. I simply wanted to give you a peek into some of the things that make me smile when I picnic on a hunt or pack trip in the high country. — Enjoy!


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Best Big Beard Turkey Talk Tees

My close friends know that I’m a fan of one kind of beard — a turkey beard! Turkey hunting season is just one week away, and I’m getting excited. How many of you are already, or will be, looking for long-bearded gobblers? Because we love them, we’ve created two tee’s in honor of the season.

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Grow A Beard Tee
The ‘Grow A Beard – Turkey Hunting Tee’ features turkey talk, “Excuse me, Sir. Please grow a beard. I’m tired of your lady staring at me.” is available in a variety of colors. CLICK TO SHOP

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First “Youth Warrior” Award by SWC – Conservation

How are we mentoring the youth and how are we rewarding them for being warriors who are giving in support for conservation? This year Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC) decided to create the “Youth Warrior” award because of one young lady’s selfless giving toward the cause of conserving wildlife populations. Learn more about the award and the wonderful work SWC is doing to create healthy herds. Another question you should ask is how are your children spending their money?

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation Gives First “Youth Warrior” Award

SWC Cole Reid and Carysn NorvellUvalde, TEXAS – At four feet tall, Carsyn Norvell is a true giving warrior.  In fact, nearly three and a half years ago she was the first youth ever to donate to Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC), a non-profit organization based in Uvalde, Texas. Norvell hasn’t stopped since that first donation; she’s given several times in 2017 and even emptied her savings to give to SWC at this year’s Dallas Safari Club convention in January – a total of $80 for a single donation. It’s because of these selfless acts of charity, SWC’s Director of Wildlife Sustainability, Cole Reid, is presenting her with SWC’s first “Youth Warrior Award.” The award will be given at SWC’s Annual Banquet April 28, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

“It is so important for us”, says Cole Reid, “to focus on education and community outreach, especially for the younger generations.  The conservation field is mostly dominated by the older generations and if we don’t get the younger generations motivated it will make the fight that much harder.  Carsyn not only makes me proud as a steward of this earth but she gives me so much hope for the future of wildlife conservation!”

SWC Youth Warrior trophy

SWC’s Youth Warrior award is given to youth ages 8-18 who exemplify both love of animals and charitable acts. Due to Carsyn’s overwhelming support for SWC, she has been invited to SWC on many occasions.  The award she will be receiving in April also comes with more opportunities to visit the SWC property and interact with the wildlife.  To learn more about becoming a youth conservation warrior and have a chance to visit SWC and even win next years Youth Warrior Award, visit www.stewardsofwildlife.org/memberships to sign up to be a Youth Conservation Warrior.

About Stewards of Wildlife:

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and proliferation of wildlife as well as the habitats and natural resources they utilize.  Stewards of Wildlife offers a home to more than 80 species from around the globe.  These animals are breeding and stable in vast areas in order to provide the most comfortable and natural living situation possible.  Stewards of Wildlife is focused on bringing together animal resources from the private landowners and the public sector zoos in order to create “meta-populations” of species that are vital, sustainable, and can maintain evolutionary potential.

We understand that there are many organizations and groups with the best intentions trying to help wildlife and realize that our contribution is space and expertise. Though our priority concern is protecting the rarest and most endangered species, Stewards of Wildlife is ultimately concerned about all of the flora and fauna worldwide. Learn more at http://stewardsofwildlife.com.


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Fishing Season and Connecting Kids to Nature – Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops welcomes return of fishing season by asking anglers to trade in gear and help connect kids to nature

2018 Spring Fishing Classic begins February 16 bringing deals on the latest gear, events, activities and special giveaways for all levels of anglers

bass-pro-shops-logo-bassproSPRINGFIELD, Mo.   Bass Pro Shops is celebrating the return of fishing season and inviting customers to trade in used gear to be donated to local charities in exchange for big savings. The 2018 Spring Fishing Classic is a free celebration taking place February 16 – March 4 at Bass Pro Shops locations across the United States (March 2 – 18 in Canada and Alaska).

Customers that donate used rods and reels (in working order) can receive trade-in savings of up to $200. The used fishing equipment will be donated to local nonprofit organizations. Bass Pro Shops has donated nearly 290,000 products to youth-focused nonprofit organizations as part of the company’s mission to inspire everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.

The Classic also includes free fishing seminars for all skill levels, pro appearances at Bassmaster University (Bassmaster University not applicable in Canada), activities for women and children and free giveaways. Visitors will also see a variety of special offers to upgrade their gear before they hit the water.

“The annual Spring Fishing Classic—a free event that reaches more than seven million people each year—provides great opportunities for families to get ready for fishing season and creating lifelong memories together on the water,” said Bass Pro Shops communications manager Katie Mitchell. “We encourage all anglers to participate in our rod and reel trade-in program which has collected and donated about 290,000 products to local organizations that teach young people to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.”

Free Seminars and Family Events

The 2018 Spring Fishing Classic again offers opportunities to learn from the pros during Bassmaster University hosted by some of the greatest anglers in the sport. Local pros will also host free fishing seminars throughout the 17-day event. For a full list of sessions and special appearances, visit www.basspro.com/classic.

Women’s Fishing Workshops are also available with introductory fishing information and helpful tips on Saturday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m.(Saturday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Alaska and Canada locations). The first 25 seminar attendees of each advertised local pro seminar and the Women’s Fishing Workshop will receive a Bass Pro Shops protective dry box.

Next Generation Weekend offers free activities focused on teaching kids the basics of fishing. Kids activities are available from noon to 5 p.m. on March 3 and 4 (March 17 – 18 at Alaska and Canada locations). Free activities include casting challenges, a fishing workshop, fun craft, and a photo download.

Special Offers

A number of special offers are available during the Spring Fishing Classic:

  • Customers using a Bass Pro Shops credit card to purchase new gear throughout the Spring Fishing Classic can receive up to $100 via instant rebate. (U.S. locations only)
  • Attendees can also enter for a chance to win a fishing trip with Garmin professional angler Jason Christie. The winner will receive a one-day fishing trip, a Garmin echoMAP Plus Fishfinder, a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card, travel and accommodations—a total retail value of $4,999. Register at the stores or online at www.basspro.com/classicsweeps.
  • Enter for a chance to receive a Bass Pro Shops gift card valued up to $2,400 with the purchase of select boat models from Tracker Marine.

For trade-in program details, event times and information on qualifying offers visit www.basspro.com/classic.

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”


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Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium voted “America’s Number One Best New Attraction”

I’m always looking for great ways to get those who hunt and those who don’t out and about to view wildlife. That’s why it’s great news to hear that Bass Pro Shops’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum has been voted as the best new attraction in America. Add this to your Present’s Day, spring break or other vacation excursion.

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium voted “America’s Number One Best New Attraction”

New not-for-profit conservation attraction earns major national recognition from USA TODAY

Springfield, Mo. – Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world, has been voted as America’s Best New Attraction. Individuals across the country made their voices heard by voting in the national contest, propelling Wonders of Wildlife to the top of the list and bringing national recognition to the Ozarks.

Nearly ten years in the making and unprecedented in scale and scope, Wonders of Wildlife is the most important natural history museum to open in America in more than a century. Larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the not-for-profit conservation attraction serves as an inspirational tribute to the adventurers, explorers, outdoorsmen and conservationists who helped discover, develop and preserve the nation we love. The Museum is located in the heartland of America where half of the nation’s population lives within a day’s drive.

“We are honored that Wonders of Wildlife has been voted America’s Number One Best New Attraction,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and visionary behind Wonders of Wildlife. “This recognition is a tribute to hunters, anglers and conservationists everywhere whose significant contributions have been protecting our nation’s fish and wildlife for generations. We are deeply grateful to all of the remarkably talented artists, craftsmen and women, leading conservation organizations, biologists and other supporters who contributed to the creation of this facility, and to each and every person that voted – thank you!”

Wonders of Wildlife was nominated for USA TODAY’s 2017 Best New Attraction contest by a panel of nationally respected travel experts as part of the Reader’s Choice Awards. Americans were invited to cast their vote every day to determine a winner. According to contest officials, Wonders of Wildlife received more votes than any other nominee in any category the publication held in 2017.

Historic Grand Opening

The Museum celebrated its historic grand opening in September 2017 by hosting the most significant gathering of prominent North American conservation leaders ever assembled along with dignitaries and celebrities including President George W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Costner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Richard Childress, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Chris Janson, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Tracy Byrd, Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin, John Anderson and many others with special appearances by President George H.W. Bush and Kid Rock.

Support from prominent conservation leaders

“In the days ahead, conservation faces many challenges. The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is the hub that allows us to address these challenges by bringing together our conservation community and the pubic to learn and appreciate our wonderful natural resources.”

Becky Humphries, CEO

National Wild Turkey Federation

“Johnny’s spectacular Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield is designed to introduce millions of families to the full diversity of wildlife with which we are blessed. Simply put, Wonders of Wildlife is the most important facility in America promoting the future of fish and wildlife”

Collin O’Mara, CEO

National Wildlife Federation

“In today’s world, hunters, anglers, and conservationists are often misrepresented, and Wonders of Wildlife is the single-handed greatest effort that can change the narrative. John L. Morris is a conservation icon and my personal hero for all he has done, and continues to do for all of God’s creations.”

Dale Hall, CEO

Ducks Unlimited

“I applaud Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, the most significant natural history museum in modern times…Safari Club International recognizes the critical need for places like Wonders of Wildlife to relay to the world the importance of humanity’s hunting culture and how hunters, using science-based sustainable resource conservation efforts, can help assure healthy wildlife populations forever.”

Paul Babaz, President

Safari Club International

“Wonders of Wildlife underscores the possibilities of what we can achieve in conservation by working together.”

Glenn Olson, Chair of Bird Conservation

National Audubon Society

About Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, and immersive Wildlife Galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. Created by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri the campus is a centerpiece of America’s Conservation Capital in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.

For more information, visit www.wondersofwildlife.org.

About USA TODAY

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation – today, tomorrow and for decades to follow. USA TODAY, the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.6 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 16 million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

Things To-Do for Sportsmen and Wildlife

I began the morning reflecting on the year and got sucked into a tangled political and religious rant, which I’ve decided not to share. I chose to push the re-start button and do some more positive reflecting on the last year. I began with, “What have I done and what things will I do?”

I’ve sat on the Colorado Sportsman’s Roundtable Committee for several years and am nearing the end of my second term. I wonder what I can do to further my outreach and speak up for sportsmen, wildlife, and the future generations. Last year I submitted an application for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commision. I know I can make a difference on the panel. I also know I have much to learn.

 

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Boats in the mist at Navajo Lake State Park. CPW Photo

 

This year I plan to continue my work and learn as much as I can about the vastly complicated inner workings of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife(CPW) organization. As I attend public meetings and meet face to face with hunters and anglers, many of them present complaints and objections to or about items of which they don’t fully understand.

What I’ve learned is that before we become staunch in our objections or criticisms, the thing to do is educate ourselves. Many complaints are about the management of funds. (I find it a bit amusing because it seems people always think they know what other people’s financial situations are. Why shouldn’t they be the same with a huge organization like CPW?)

I attended several Commission meetings last year and while some consider the meetings mundane, I learned a plethora about the organization and what they’re doing with our funds. The meetings are held somewhat bi-monthly and in areas throughout the state. What I recommend is that you attend one when it’s in your area. You may be surprised when you learn about all the projects CPW has going on, how funds are allocated, and when and how they’re allowed to use them.

The thing-to-do is get involved. The next meeting is January 11 in Denver, Colorado. I’ve shared additional information about the meeting below. If you can’t make that meeting, here is a link to the year’s schedule. MEETING DATES

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet January 11 in Denver 

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will discuss a citizen petition allowing the launching of paragliders from Smelter Mountain in the Bodo State Wildlife Area, a citizen petition on a new type of wildlife educators license, adding hand-operated foldable plastic boats to the list of exempted vessels that can be hand-launched without a boat inspection, implementing an antler and horn collection closure on public lands west of I-25 from January 1 through April 30 annually, and CPW’s new purchasing system at its January meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 11 and adjourn at 5 p.m. at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

Additional items include:

  • Annual review of big game regulations (including annual changes to season dates, limited license areas, quotas and manner of take provisions for bighorn sheep and mountain goat)
  • Lake Licenses and related regulations
  • Annual review of small game regulations
  • Annual review of wildlife properties controlled by the Division of Parks and Wildlife, including State Trust Lands leased by the Division
  • Herd Management Plan Process

complete agenda for this meeting can be found on the CPW website, http://cpw.state.co.us.

The commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation. Anyone can listen to commission meetings through the CPW website. This opportunity keeps constituents informed about the development of regulations and how the commission works with Parks and Wildlife staff to manage the parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency. Find out more about the commission on the CPW website.

The next commission meeting will take place February 7 and 8 in Denver.

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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

 

The Meaning of #blessed

Morning coffee pondering – #Blessed

I hope you all had a blessed celebration day. It’s the day after Christmas, and as I scroll through the FB I see two types of people. Ones who think blessings are about gifts and ones who think they’re about Christ, family, and experiences.

The examples can be seen by comparing two pictures in the morning feed. One is of a momma who adopted two children. She shares a picture of them with HUGE smiles, sitting atop their horses, going for a Christmas ride. The other is of two young girls with meek faces and a HUGE pile of gifts behind them.

One photo caption says, “No one was ever THIS nice” with a hashtag #blessed and a comment below, from the mother, “We love our children so much.”

The other photo caption, “Do not educate your child to be rich. Educate them to be happy.”

Tell me, which children do you think are truly blessed? While I think presents are a blessing of which we should be thankful for, is a child who doesn’t receive a mountain of packages less blessed than one who does?

I hope you all received blessings this Christmas. I believe we all received the greatest one with the birth of Christ. I also believe God gave us this great world to behold and take care of and to delight in. Get outside. Take a family member, friend, or go it alone. Solo time in the outdoors is good for the soul.

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Colorado Winter Fishing Contests

If you’re looking for things to do in Colorado, fishing is a year-round bucket of fun. Don’t let cold Colorado winters keep you from getting outside. We’ve had some cold days and lots of fun, which means thick ice for fishing. (Always check the ice before taking the first step.) Partake in a solo mission or bring the whole family. You don’t have to wait for a contest to go fishing, but with those going on in Grand county you might win some money too.

Grand County Colorado Attracts Winter Anglers Hook, Line and Sinker

Winter fishing contests take place in January and March with large purses to the victors

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 GRAND COUNTY, COLO – True fisherman are not content to forget their passion just because of a little ice. During the winter, ice fishing provides an opportunity to not only bask in beautiful scenery but also the chance to catch “the big one.” With two different ice fishing contests taking place in early 2017 in Grand County, big prize purses also sweeten the experience.

30th Annual 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament – Granby: Jan. 26 – 28, 2018

Three days, three popular lakes (Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Grand Lake) and more than $18,000 in cash and prizes from Yeti, Jiffy Ice Augers, Clam, Vexilar and more, makes this the perfect event to kick off the 2018 competitive ice fishing season. Prizes are awarded from 1st to 7th place in four categories; each day is a separate tournament. Other events include a Big Fish drawing category and five tagged fish worth $1000 will be released.

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Entry fees are $35 for one day, $45 for two days and $50 for all three days. You must be registered prior to fishing to be eligible for the contest. Entry includes a door prize ticket and the first 500 registrants receive a collectible commemorative hat. For more information visit http://www.granbychamber.com.

21st Annual Wolford Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest – Kremmling: Feb. 17, 2018

Though this competition lasts just one day (6 a.m. – 3 p.m.), there’s enough action to satisfy even the most competitive fisherman. Prime your hook for the $10,000 tagged-fish competition, hourly big fish prizes, and the top 10 largest fish will all share in a cash purse of nearly $5,000, with first place taking $1,200.

Registration is $35 for an adult entry or youth entry (15 years old or younger) who wants to compete for the cash prizes. Otherwise, there is no charge for 15 years old or younger. There’s also a free youth division with prizes for the top 10 largest fish. For more information or to register, visit http://www.kremmlingchamber.com.

Whether it’s as a participant or spectator, there’s nothing like spending a day on the ice. Grab your rod, your best lures and mark your calendars for one or more of these fish-focused festivals. You never know what you might reel in!


About Grand County

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery, and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, one national forest, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs. Download Grand County’s new mobile app at http://www.visitgrandcounty.com.


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