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Be safe during hunting season

It’s that time of year when the report of rifles becomes common and, for the skilled and sometimes lucky, the reach-in freezers again become filled.Yes, the first elk season for rifles starts Saturday.With its massive elk population, Colorado has long been a favorite hunting ground for locals and out-of-staters alike. And, with large numbers of hunters added to the other recreational outdoor enthusiasts, there is a potential for accidents.Hunters in Colorado are generally required to take a hunter safety course. It’s a good idea to review the safety procedures before heading out into the backcountry. Follow the laws and, of course, place the safety of people above the success of a hunt. There is no safety course for hikers, bikers or other people enjoying the outdoors during hunting season, but common sense can help in avoiding a potential accident.Orange may not be your most flattering color, but it’s not a bad idea to don some of the old Denver Broncos colors over the next month. Pets should be kept close and, ideally, also be clad in bright colors.Perhaps the easiest change the outdoor enthusiast can make is simply to avoid heavily hunted areas when possible. We are fortunate to live in an area rife with trails, some of which are more conducive to hunting than others. If your favorite trail is also a favorite of hunters, try out some new hikes or bikes – a new favorite trail may be waiting just outside your backdoor.Perhaps the easiest change the outdoor enthusiast can make is simply to avoid heavily hunted areas when possible. We are fortunate to live in an area rife with trails, some of which are more conducive to hunting than others. If your favorite trail is also a favorite of hunters, try out some new hikes or bikes – a new favorite trail may be waiting just outside your backdoor.


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