Decoys, blinds stolen before youth seminar near Delta |

Decoys, blinds stolen before youth seminar near Delta

DELTA — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about the theft of waterfowl decoys and hunting blinds from the Escalante State Wildlife Area on Saturday, Nov. 23. The wildlife area is located west of Delta.

According to wildlife officials, the decoys and blinds had been set up for a waterfowl hunting seminar, which was to be held that afternoon. Colorado Parks and Wildlife had partnered with Ducks Unlimited members to teach kids and novices how to hunt ducks and geese.

A white full-size pick-up truck was seen in the area of the theft at approximately 12:30 p.m. on that day. The truck had the word “Yenter” written in black letters diagonally down the door. The truck was occupied by at least two men and one dark-colored dog.

Approximately 60 duck and goose decoys had been set up on the ponds of the Escalante State Wildlife Area that morning in preparation for the seminar. Also stolen were three hunting blinds: an Avery pop-up blind, a Ground Force dog blind and a goose shell pop-up blind. Many of the items stolen were the personal hunting equipment of a Ducks Unlimited member who was volunteering to teach the seminar.

“The theft was really disappointing because it had a negative effect on the hunting seminar,” said Garett Watson, a district wildlife manager in Montrose. “Participants of the seminar were really disappointed to think that another sportsman was possibly responsible for the theft. We had to scramble and borrow some decoys to use that day.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges the public to provide any information that may lead to the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information that can help in this investigation can call the Montrose Parks and Wildlife office at 970-252-6000, or contact Operation Game Thief, a wildlife tips hotline at 877-265-6648. Callers can remain anonymous and cash rewards may be given if the information leads to a conviction.

CPW to host 2014 Partners In The Outdoors Conference

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting organizations with an interest in increasing outdoor awareness to join the 2014 Partners in the Outdoors Conference.

The conference will be held in Colorado Springs from Feb. 21-22.

The conference brings together agencies, nonprofit entities and companies that are actively engaged, or want to become engaged, in connecting people to the outdoors. During the two-day event, breakout sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to talk about traditional outdoors skills, getting people outdoors, finding the right collaborative partners, and technology for the outdoors, among many other topics.

Jim Davidson, a Colorado-based motivational speaker and owner of Speaking of Adventure, will give the keynote address on Friday. Registration for the event opened on Nov. 4, and space is limited to the first 200 registrants. Until Jan. 31, registration fees are $75 per person. From Feb. 1-14, providing space is still available, registration fees are $125 per person. Included in the fees are lodging for one night, lunch on Friday, an awards banquet, networking opportunities and access to small partner grants. Registration fees go toward the Partner Grant account to be distributed to partners who attend the conference. For a complete schedule, visit the conference webpage.

For further questions, contact Allison Kincaid, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Partnership Coordinator, at, or at 303-291-7252.

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