Online tools help educate hunters, free mandatory hunter training class in Kremmling set for this coming weekend
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — State wildlife managers are using high-tech tools to spread the word about the old-school Colorado tradition of elk hunting.
A new online video from the the Colorado Division of Wildlife takes viewers on an intimate journey deep into Colorado’s backcountry, capturing one of the most time-honored and cherished big game hunting traditions–the elk camp.
“This video is a wonderful tool for helping people get started and teaching them to be more successful on their hunt,” said Tyler Baskfield, DOW communications manager.
Along with evocative images of Colorado’s stunning mountains and backcountry, the video provides information about other online resources like the Natural Diversity Information Source mapping system, which incorporates statewide hunting statistics, up-to-date Game Management Unit boundaries, Detailed maps from the U.S. Geological Survey and other “must-have” information for big game hunters.
Filmed in high-definition video and recorded in digital audio, the 12-minute video also provides a wealth of information to assist hunters, including overviews of Colorado’s big game hunting regulations and license application process.
From the haunting bugle of a wild bull elk to the unique camaraderie shared by friends exchanging hunting stories around a crackling campfire, “Elk Camp Colorado” encompasses the true essence of the hunt, laced with spectacular fall scenery and crystal-clear wildlife imagery.
With more than 23 million acres of public hunting access, over-the-counter licenses and the largest elk population in North America, there has never been a better time to experience the thrill of a Colorado elk hunt.
To play “Elk Camp Colorado” and other Division of Wildlife online videos, viewers need high-speed Internet connections and the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on their computers.
There’s a link to the video on page 14 of the latest big game regulations e-brochure, which also includes links to supplemental, embedded video content. The online brochure is available at this link.
To prepare for the hunting season, the Division is offering a free hunter education course at Kremmling Fire Department (1320 Eagle Avenue), this coming weekend, Feb. 27 and 28. Classes will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and a required shooting portion of the course will take place at the Kremmling range, weather permitting.
Completion of hunter education is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1949 who wants to hunt in Colorado.
Advance registration for the class is required. To register or get more information, contact the DOW office in Hot Sulphur Springs at (970) 725-6200.
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