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How Has the Pandemic Affected Hunting in Colorado?

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2020 was a tough year for people and places and the hunting industry. The coronavirus pandemic meant that plenty of people stayed home and “quarantined,” rather than going out of the house, doing things people normally do, like hunting trips or going to movies, etc.

Meanwhile, wildfires didn’t help the whole situation either-– in Colorado, for instance, there were the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires, especially bad in mid-October. 

Between fires and coronavirus fears, a lot of hunting that would have taken place just didn’t– to the tune of $2 million in refunded hunting licenses and tags in an unprecedented year.

There was some good news, though… for instance, Colorado did see an increase in over-the-counter hunting and fishing licenses. That said, as with most organizations and businesses, there were/are lots of deficits happening– rather than profits. 

Outdoor recreation businesses had a challenging 2020. There were changes in animals’ behaviors– and the wildfires forced animals to flee to certain places. Meanwhile, there was a statewide drought, too, so that made it harder and harder for animals to find food and water just to survive.

Basically, the coronavirus pandemic meant more hunters than usual wanted to hunt (and had the time to hunt) while the fires and drought meant fewer animals to hunt. Normally, for instance, you’d see huge herds of elk migrating in Colorado, but this past year you might have seen groups of three or less at a time!

Because of fires and/or the pandemic, Colorado has had to essentially shut down certain areas, which include camps and outfitter businesses. Some of these closures were for several months, while some could last for… the next few years. 

In general, the pandemic hasn’t been good for hunting or Colorado in general… but it’s not all doom and gloom. Soon enough we’ll be back doing the things we love…and with hunting an outdoor sport, it’s much safer than indoor activities. And let’s be honest–we could all use some fresh air and excitement that hunting naturally brings after the tumultuous year we’ve had.

Do you want to plan an elk hunt in Colorado? Samuelson Outfitters can help make this a reality. Please call 970-726-8221 for more information.

Should First Time Hunters Start With Bows or Shotguns?

Should First Time Hunters Start With Bows or Shotguns?

So you’re a first time hunter. You’re new to “all of this,” but you’re eager to start and you’re wondering, “bow or shotgun?” Should first timers start with bows or shotguns? What do most hunters use/do? Experienced hunters often use both bows and guns regularly. But for those just starting out, what are the prosContinue Reading

3 Reasons to Plan a Hunting Trip in Colorado

3 Reasons to Plan a Hunting Trip in Colorado

It’s been a crazy, unforgettable and sad start to the new decade thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with brighter days on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about potential hunting excursions for the upcoming season. Here’s why you should consider a hunting a trip in the beautiful state of Colorado. TheContinue Reading

Hunting is a Major Part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 10-Year Initiative

Hunting is a Major Part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 10-Year Initiative

For some reason, hunting isn’t quite as popular as it used to be in the United States. Back in the early 1980s, there were about 17 million people who hunted throughout the country. Today, that number has dropped down to about 11 million with more than 2 million hunters moving away from hunting between 2011Continue Reading

How Colorado is Responding to Changing Elk Populations

How Colorado is Responding to Changing Elk Populations

 In recent years, hunters in Southwest Colorado have seen a huge decline in the elk population. In 2015, there were almost 20,000 elk in the area. However, as of right now, there are fewer than 17,000 elk and it appears as though that number could continue to decrease if the Colorado Parks and Wildlife doesn’tContinue Reading

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

For almost a century and a half now, the federal government has owed a huge debt to the state of Colorado. When Colorado first became a state back in 1876, it was scheduled to receive about 4 million acres to set up shop. However, a Native American tribe called the Utes were still living onContinue Reading

How to Improve Your Success Rate When Archery Hunting

How to Improve Your Success Rate When Archery Hunting

Deer and elk hunting in Colorado can be immensely challenging and exciting in and of itself. Nonetheless, you can make it even more exhilarating by bowhunting when you do it. In order to achieve success, though, you’re going to need to figure out how to improve your archery skills ahead of your hunt. Here areContinue Reading

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about how the marijuana industry has provided Colorado’s economy with a big boost. It has reportedly helped the state rake in about $6 billion so far. But it’s not the only industry that is helping Colorado’s economy to grow. Big game hunting is also havingContinue Reading

What is a Drop-Camp Hunting Trip?

What is a Drop-Camp Hunting Trip?

Do you feel confident in your ability to hunt for elk without a hunting guide by your side? If so, you might want to consider taking a drop-camp hunting trip. They’re starting to become popular with those who want to hunt for elk without a hunting guide but don’t want to go through the hassleContinue Reading

How to Prepare for the Altitude of a Colorado Hunting Trip

How to Prepare for the Altitude of a Colorado Hunting Trip

When you’re preparing to take a Colorado hunting trip, you’ll probably spend a lot of time getting your hunting gear together and mapping out what each of your days is going to look like. But it’s important to remember that you should also prepare for the altitude that you’re going to subject your body toContinue Reading