8th Oct, 2012

Colorado Hunting Adventurers around Summit County Homes

Hunting season began Saturday. Some hunters relocate to homes in Breckenridge, Silverthorne, or elsewhere in Summit County to be surrounded by the astounding autumn foliage, ready for another Colorado hunting season. Tens of thousands of hunters make their way to Colorado lodges and Summit County real estate in time for the annual hunting rituals.

One resident of a home in Summit County, Shannon Schwab brought our attention to hunting season in her special to the Summit Daily News on October 13, 2012. Also a wildlife officer and hunter, Schwab explained that nearly 250,000 hunters take part in the yearly tradition in Colorado.

“Another clear sign of the change of seasons is the site of excited men and women wearing camo clothing and blaze-orange hats and vests towing all-terrain vehicles behind 4 x 4 trucks – all signs that the major hunting seasons begin today.”

Hunting visitors to Summit County boost the economy during the period before skiers arrive. During October and November, they frequent our restaurants, hotels, and other stores. They load up on camping equipment and licenses. Hunters and anglers added $1.5 billion to the Colorado economy in 2007.

Many hire outfitters. Imagine a three-day or a five-day hunt fully equipped with a cook/Wrangler to care for the horses and cooking while you find the catch of a lifetime. For example, Gore Range Outfitters offers hunting trips in Summit County with private and public access to a half-million acres of the remote White River National Forest. The company offers deer, elk, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep hunting.

Other hunting grounds in the Arapahoe National Forest are habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, and other big-game. Stop Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area in the Williams Fork Mountain Range is another world unto itself. It also features great trout fishing.

Shannon Schwab mentioned the benefit hunters have on wildlife habitat – the financial benefit. The hunting license fees fund activities of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The funds put fish in the Dillon Reservoir, trap and relocate bears, put radio collars on bighorn sheep, rescue injured raptors, and monitor lynx. The funds are also used to operate offices and to count diminishing wildlife species.

For information about buying fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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