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Rifle Ducks Unlimited banquet The Rifle area chapter of Ducks Unlimited annual banquet is set for Saturday, April 2, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.Information: Jane, 285-9740 or 285-7341.10th Mountain Huts open through AprilThe 10th Mountain Division Hut Association is expecting one of its best springs in recent years for skiing in the high country. With longer days and corn-snow, spring is arguably the best time of the year to take a hut trip.The 10th Mountain huts are open until April 30. The Braun Huts and Friends Hut will be open through May.Hut availability, reservations and information: http://www.huts.org; 925-5775. Give the fish a break during spawningA ban on fishing spawning waters at the confluence of several tributaries along the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers is currently in effect.Until May 15, fishing is barred at the confluences of Four Mile and Three Mile creeks along the Roaring Fork River and Grizzly, No Name and Canyon creeks along the Colorado. The closures extend a half-mile up the creeks and 50 yards downstream on the rivers.The fine for the offense is $68. Offenders also can be ticketed for any fish they caught illegally.Start planning fall hunting trip nowBig-game regulation brochures for 2005 are now available from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The brochure has all the information a hunter needs to pursue deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and moose.Traditionally, hunters have used paper applications to apply for limited or computer draw big-game licenses. These are included with the brochure and hunters have until April 5 to mail them in. However, this year hunters also have the ability to apply for a license online. Another important change this year is to the fourth rifle season. The combined deer and elk season is completely draw only. As usual, though, bull elk tags can be bought over-the-counter for most units for the second and third rifle seasons. Hunters can obtain two licenses for a species under certain circumstances, as well.Information: http://www.wildlife.state.co.usTo submit information for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent. com or fax to 945-4487.To submit information for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent. com or fax to 945-4487.


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