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Rifle Ducks unlimited banquet this SaturdayThe Rifle area chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fund-raising banquet Saturday at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.Information: Jane, 285-9740 or 285-7341.Sunlight extends seasonDue to an exceptional spring snowpack, Sunlight Mountain Resort is offering an extra weekend of skiing. Sunlight will close, as scheduled, on Sunday, but reopens the following weekend (April 9-10) with some bonus skiing for the locals. Lift tickets cost $25 on the final weekend.Big smallmouth hooked at Harvey GapAccording to the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site, Jason Story, of Grand Junction, caught a 5-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass at Harvey Gap earlier this month. It would have been a state record, but a friend of his filleted the fish before it could be verified by DOW officers, so all he will get out of it is a Master Angler Award.The current state record for smallmouth bass is 5 pounds, 12 ounces, caught at Navajo Reservoir in 1993.Lake Christine Range closed to public April 4-7The Lake Christine Shooting Range near Basalt will be closed to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4-7.The Roaring Fork Valley Sportsman Association, in conjunction with the Elks, will host the Disabled Veterans as part of the winter sports event providing shotgun and pistol shooting, as well as lunch.The public is encouraged to support the event. Parking is limited.Information: Dana Strong, 927-3339.To submit information, or a picture of your recent big catch, for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent.com or fax to 945-4487.To submit information, or a picture of your recent big catch, for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent.com or fax to 945-4487.


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