The Colorado Division of Wildlife has openings in two upcoming Ladies Cast and Blast events. The single day events feature instruction in shotgun shooting (clay pigeons) and fly-fishing. The courses are designed for women, age 18 and over, who have never participated in hunting or fishing but who have an interest in learning in a noncompetitive, “questions encouraged” environment. All necessary equipment including shotguns and fly rods are provided for the class, but participants can bring their own equipment if preferred. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Grand Valley Cast and Blast will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at High Lonesome Ranch in DeBeque. It is free, but a $25 deposit is required to reserve space (deposit returned at the event). Attendees should plan to bring their own lunch. Contact: Stan Johnson, DOW Grand Junction (970) 255-6191.
The White River Cast and Blast will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area in Meeker. The $10 registration fee includes lunch provided by Northwest Colorado Outfitters Association. Contact: Nikki Stout, DOW Meeker (970) 878-6090.
The Vail Daily Colorado-Eagle River Ride ” a one-day, 100-mile, 100-kilometer or 45-mile bicycle ride ” is back on Sunday, July 23. The ride takes cyclists up the rural setting of Highway 131 and down 20 miles along the Colorado River. Proceeds from the event will go to the Snowboard Outreach Society. Register online at http://www.vailvelo. com.
Anglers who buy a one-day fishing license in Colorado and who plan to fish at a state wildlife area are reminded that they must also obtain a wildlife habitat stamp. The Colorado habitat stamp program is new in 2006. Income from the stamp will be used to protect and improve wildlife habitat throughout the state.
A habitat stamp is needed by anyone 19 to 64 years old who enters a state wildlife area. Anglers who bring family members to a state wildlife area must be sure to purchase the needed stamps. The cost of a stamp is $10.25 when purchased alone and includes the Colorado search and rescue fee.
The habitat stamp is not needed, however, if an angler fishes waters that are not located on a state wildlife area. Anglers should know where they are going to fish before buying the one-day license to determine if they will be entering a state wildlife area.
For more information, go to the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site at http://wildlife.state.co.us.
Sign up now for summer hiking series and outdoor adventure camp, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department. For more information on the all-day hikes and three day summer camp program, please call 384-6300.
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