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ASPEN OUTFITTING COMPANY

UPLAND BIRD HUNTS

Aspen Outfitting Company offers both wild and released bird hunts for pheasant and partridge. Regarless of type, hunts are all-inclusive. The released bird hunts are arranged through exclusive agreement with a well established and highly respected Western Colorado wingshooting destination, and do not require a Colorado hunting license.

The venue is a scenic hour and a half drive from Aspen, situated on over 28,000 acres of the most ideal upland bird habitat imaginable. There are approximately a dozen separate hunting areas that assure a challenging and exciting shooting experience. Vegetated with excellent cover, the habitat is characterized by deep canyons, rocky draws, open meadows and wooded river bottoms.

Guests also have the opportunity to take advantage of beautiful on-site accommodations and the ultimate in gourmet "country" meals in a truly first class lodge for up to six individuals.

Other amenities include clay target shooting at a challenging five stand layout and fly-fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout on a private stretch of stream. Contact the Aspen Outfitting Company shop for hunts tailored to meet your needs.

 
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In addition to the popular released bird opperation, Aspen Outfitting Company offers hunts for wild birds in natural habitat. These hunts are conducted on privately owned land, and this coming season 2008 - 09, will be the 26th consecutive year that we have been providing this service in Western Colorado.

Our guides strictly adhere to the fair chase ethic, and we limit the number of hunters to a maximum of three per guide on all of our upland bird hunts. Due to the increasing importance of well trained, well handled dogs to successful hunting, our guides focus their attention on dog handling and hunt direction and do not participate in shooting.

We generally have bird cleaning and wrapping available to our clients at a nominal extra cost. This service is especially attractive when late fall duck and goose shooting begin.

Schedule of

Migratory and Wild Upland Bird Hunts

HUNT
BIRD
DATES
MAX GUNS

1
2
3
  4

Dove
Dove
Dove
Dove
September 1-2
September 4-5
September 9-10
September 16-17
20
20
15
15
5
6
7
8
Blue Grouse
Blue Grouse
Blue Grouse
Blue Grouse
September 1-October 15
Any 2 or 3 Day Combination
Any 2 or 3 Day Combination
Any 2 or 3 Day Combination
4, 6 or 8 Guns
"
"
"
9
10
11
12
13
14
Early Duck & Goose
Early Duck & Goose
Early Duck & Goose
Early Duck & Goose
Early Duck & Goose
Early Duck & Goose
September 27-October 7
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
4, 6 or 8 Guns
"
"
"
"
"
15
16
17
18
19
20
Pheasant, Duck & Goose
Pheasant, Duck & Goose
Pheasant, Duck & Goose
Pheasant, Duck & Goose
Pheasant, Duck & Goose
Pheasant, Duck & Goose
November 8-January 18
Any 2 Day Combination
Any 2 Day Combination
Any 2 Day Combination
Any 2 Day Combination
Any 2 Day Combination
4, 6 or 8 Guns
"
"
"
"
"
21
22
23
Late Duck & Goose
Late Duck & Goose
Late Duck & Goose
October 29-January 25
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
Any 1 or 2 Day Combination
4, 6 or 8 Guns
"
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DOVE WESTERN COLORADO
The Print Version

Birds:
Morning Dove
Location:
Private Property, Delta and Montrose Counties
Season:
September 1 through October 17
Hunt Dates:
September 1 through September 17
Length of Hunt:
2 Days
Hunting Day:
30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
Price:
Refer to Pricing Schedule
Minimum/Maximum Guns:
Refer to Pricing Schedule
Meals:
None provided, but good restaurants in the area
Daily Bag Limit
15 Birds
Possession Limit:
30 Birds
Dogs:
Pointers and Retrievers
Daily Driving Time:
10-30 minutes
Altitude:
5,500 Ft. Elevation
Terrain:
Plateau & Prairie
Average Temperature:
78-85° F
Vegetation:
Sagebrush, Prairie grass, Cottonwood, & cultivated crops
Suggested Gauges:
12 thru 28 (magazines on mechanical
loaders must be plugged for 2 shell capacity)
Suggested Choking:
Improved Cylinder/Modified
Suggested Shotshell:
12 ga: 1 or 11/8 oz ., 8 or 9 shot
16 ga:1 or 11/8 oz ., 8 or 9 shot
20 ga: 7/8 oz ., 8 or 9 shot
Suggested Lodging:
Redbarn Motel, Montrose Colorado (970) 249-4507
By Automobile:
From Aspen, west on Hyw 82-Carbondale, South on Hwy 133 to Hotchkiss, then south on Hwy. 92 to Delta, then east on Hwy. 50 to Montrose
By Commercial Air:
Denver to Montrose via Continental Express
By Private Air:
Montrose's airstrip is at elevation5, 975 ft. and 8,897 ft. length
Cost of License:
Small Game Resident: $5.25 for the day or $10.25 for season
Non-Resident: $5.25 for the day or $10.25 for season.
Hunter Safety Card:
If born after Jan.1, 1949, a Hunter Safety Card is required
(Some out of state cards are honored)
Nearest Hospital:
Montrose Memorial, 800 So. 3rd, Montrose (970) 249-2211
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BLUE GROUSE WESTERN COLORADO
The Print Version

Birds:
Blue Grouse
Location:
Mountainous terrain around the Aspen area
Season:
September 1 through October 15
Hunt Dates:
Any 2-3 combination of the above dates
Length of Hunt:
2 Days
Hunting Day:
7:00 AM throughout the day
Price:
Refer to Pricing Schedule
Minimum/Maximum Guns:
Refer to Pricing Schedule
Meals:
None provided, but good restaurants in the area
Daily Bag Limit
3 birds per day
Possession Limit:
6 birds per day, in possession
Dogs:
Pointers and Retrievers
Daily Driving Time:
n/a
Altitude:
8,000 to 10,500 Ft. Elevation
Terrain:
Ranging from steep to gentle mountainous terrain
Average Temperature:
55° F
Vegetation:
Alpine meadows, Aspen, fir, Chokecherry
Suggested Gauges:
12 thru 28 (magazines on mechanical
loaders must be plugged for 2 shell capacity)
Suggested Choking:
Improved Cylinder/Modified
Suggested Shotshell:
Light bird loads, #6 & #7 1/2
Suggested Lodging:
Outfitted canvas camps provided
By Automobile:
From Aspen, west on Hyw 82-Carbondale, South on Hwy 133 to Marble, horseback to camp.
By Commercial Air:
Aspen is currently services by United, Northwest, & America West
By Private Air:
Aspen's airstrip is adequate for most private aircraft
Sardy Field, Aspen Colorado (970) 920-5380
Cost of License:
Small Game Resident: $5.25 for the day or $10.25 for season
Non-Resident: $5.25 for the day or $10.25 for season.
Hunter Safety Card:
If born after Jan.1, 1949, a Hunter Safety Card is required
(Some out of state cards are honored)
Nearest Hospital:
Valley View Hospital, 1906 Blake Ave, Glenwood Springs (970) 945-6535
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PHEASANT/DUCK/GOOSE WESTERN COLORADO
The Print Version

Birds:
Mallard, Widgeon, Teal and Pintail Ducks, Greater Canada, Blue Front
& Snow Geese
Location:
Private Property, Delta and Montrose Counties
Season:
Duck & Goose, October thru January
Hunt Dates:
Length of Hunt:
2 Days
Hunting Day:
30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
Price:
Refer to Pricing Schedule
Minimum/Maximum Guns:
Refer to Pricing Schedule
Meals:
None provided, but good restaurants in the area
Daily Bag Limit
4 Ducks, 2 Geese
Possession Limit:
8 Ducks, 2 Geese
Dogs:
Retrievers
Daily Driving Time:
10-30 minutes
Altitude:
5,500 Ft. Elevation
Terrain:
River bottom, irrigation ditches and sloughs
Average Temperature:
45° F
Vegetation:
Tamarisk, sage brush, cattails, crop fields and grass
Suggested Gauges:
12 thru 28 (magazines on mechanical
loaders must be plugged for 2 shell capacity)
Suggested Choking:
Improved Cylinder/Modified
Suggested Shotshell:
Duck and Goose, 1 1/4 - 2 Shot
Suggested Lodging:
Redbarn Motel, Montrose Colorado (970) 249-4507
By Automobile:
From Aspen, west on Hyw 82-Carbondale, South on Hwy 133 to Hotchkiss, then south on Hwy. 92 to Delta, then east on Hwy. 50 to Montrose
By Commercial Air:
Denver to Montrose via Continental Express
By Private Air:
Montrose's airstrip is at elevation5, 975 ft. and 8,897 ft. length
Cost of License:
Small Game Resident: $5.25 for the day or $10.25 for season
Non-Resident: $5.25 for the day or $10.25 for season.
Hunter Safety Card:
If born after Jan.1, 1949, a Hunter Safety Card is required
(Some out of state cards are honored)
Nearest Hospital:
Montrose Memorial, 800 So. 3rd, Montrose (970) 249-2211