Hi Amy, I live in Colorado and to date I have not heard that the fires will affect any of the hunting seasons. It of course will depend on where you plan on hunting, since the whole state is not impacted by the fires.
We are planning to hunt/camp in the Grand Mesa National Forest, near Colbran, Colorado. I have been watching the news, and updates on the internet. Please give me any information concerning hunting/camping in this area due to the fires.
To date that area has not been affected or impacted by fires. In fact that portion of Colorado has been ok so far. However things change from day to day and I would inquire a few days before coming out. When are you planning on coming out? From where?
Hi Cowgal, We are planning to be there from 8-30-02 -9-7-02. I'm really concerned about the smoke and if they are even going to let people into the parks just for precautions. We live in Missiouri and this will be our 4th year elk hunting there. Thanks for getting back to me. Its greatly appreciated. Where do you live?
Amy, for right now the Collbran area should be ok, and not affected by the smoke. Our winds are primarily from the west, so the fire would have to be west of that area. However when the winds shift, then yes the whole state has had smoke, but that generally creates an overall haziness and should not affect hunting. Most of the smoke has affected the eastern half of the state, like around the Denver/Colorado Springs area. I live in western Colorado, about 100 miles north of Collbran, and we've had smoky days, but this past week its been clearing up very nicely. They did have some smaller brush fires down around Grand Junction, and those are likely to cause some smoke in Collbran, again depending on the prevailing winds. Post here again or drop me a private message, I would be happy to give you the status when its closer to the date you start traveling. We'll keep our fingers crossed that the fires calm down & we get some RAIN!!
The entire state does have fire bans, so no campfires, and I'm guessing it will stay that way through hunting season. So hunters do need to come prepared for that situation.
[ This Message was edited by: cowgal on 2002-06-26 21:35 ]
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...