Trail volunteers needed, shooting skills, trails closing among Adventure Items for Sept. 15 | MyWindsorNow.com

Trail volunteers needed, shooting skills, trails closing among Adventure Items for Sept. 15

Andrea North and Tommy Wood

David Trom of Windsor took a photo of this "happy" elk in Devil's Gulch just north of Estes Park a couple of years ago. If you have a picture of a good fish you caught, or a great wildlife shot, or you on the summit of a mountain, or anything else that has to do with the outdoors, go ahead and send it to us. Pictures are run on a first-come, first serve basis. I’ll let you know the week before it runs. And tell me where you’re from when you send it. Send it to: Dan England — Outdoors Greeley Tribune P.O. Box 1690 Greeley, CO 80632 You may also drop it by the office. We are located at 501 8th Ave. Please be sure you’ve written your full name, where you’re from and your phone number where we can reach you. Or e-mail it to us at dengland@greeleytribune.com. Photos should be sent as a JPEG and scanned in at a high resolution.

TRAIL HELP NEEDED

Greeley is working with Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado to build the Firefly Trail in the McCloskey Natural Area. Residents who are at least 12 years old can volunteer to build about 3,000 feet of soft-surface trail. Volunteers will start working on the trail on Oct. 7. Residents can sign up to volunteer at VOC.org/volunteer. The volunteers' tasks include removing plants and spreading material to create the trail's surface.

SHARPEN SHOOTING

Colorado Parks and Wildlife urged hunters to practice shooting skills before hunting season, largely for ethical reasons.

"Shooting an animal with a rifle is not a natural skill," Rick Basagoitia, an area wildlife manager with the department, said in the release. "We don't want animals to suffer. Preferably, hunters will get the job done with one shot."

The department stresses practicing shooting in a variety of positions — sitting, standing, kneeling, using a pack as support — while aiming at targets at least 100 yards away and no bigger than 15 inches in diameter, which is the target range for the vital organs of an elk.

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OUTDOOR EXPO

Enthusiasts can sample a variety of outdoor activities at the first Outdoor Adventure Expo later this month.

The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife will host the expo 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Cherry Creek State Park, 4201 South Park Rd., Aurora.

Participants can enter the event for free. The Outdoor Adventure Expo will include activities such as archery, rock climbing and shooting. The water recreation area of the expo will give residents a chance to try fishing, kayaking and more. Go to bit.ly/2jjDp4e for more info.

PARK OPENING

Certain trails and rivers in Rocky Mountain National Park will be closed in the between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31 so elks can mate peacefully.

According to a park news release, patrons will not be allowed to travel through the following trails via foot or horse: Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow. The park has also prohibited fishing in Fall River, Thompson River and Colorado River during the same times.

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