Outdoors Briefs

Hunter education class available to youths

An Internet-based, hunter education course for people ages 18 and younger is being offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The online section of the course must be completed by March 2. People who take the online course then must participate in a skills class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

The skills class will include firearms safety with shooting, hunter responsibilities, wildlife regulations and other hands-on activities. To obtain a safety card, students must pass a written exam and complete the live-fire exercises at the skills class. Rifles and ammunition will be provided at the skills section. No personal firearms will be allowed.

Parents and guardians of registered youths are welcome to register and take the course.

To register, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterEducation/CourseCalendar/Pages/HECalendar.aspx. Forward the calendar to March, click on “Durango” on the adjoining list, then follow the instructions.

For more information, call 247-0855.

Seniors Outdoors! announces activities

Seniors Outdoors! will host these activities:

A Saturday snowshoe hike with John Martin will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. To RSVP, call Martin 247-2581 or email jmartin@mydurango.net.

Downhill skiing at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will take place Monday, Wednesday and March 1. For more information, call John Montle at 769-6108, email mntnlvr@frontier.net, call Betsy Peterson at 259-5417 or email betsyp@bresnan.net.

Wednesday Wanderers will hike the Animas River Trail at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, call Eric Pahlke at 247-1130.

Durango Nature Studies to host full-moon hike

Durango Nature Studies will host a full-moon snowshoe hike under the Snow Moon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Haviland Lake.

Participants will view animal tracks and winter adaptations. Hot chocolate will be provided.

The hike is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Snowshoe rentals will be available for $3.

To register, email sally@durangonaturestudies.org, call 769-1800 or visit www.durangonaturestudies.org/fullmoon.htm.

Durangoan gets 3 wins in Pagosa Nordic event

Local yoga teacher and outdoor performance coach Steve Ilg skied away with three overall victories in the Classic competitions at the third stop in the Southwest Nordic Cup Series on Feb. 10 in Pagosa Springs.

This edition of the Cup tested skiers’ sprinting abilities before the racers competed in a Nordic biathlon. Ilg won the 1-kilometer Classic Sprint in a time of 4 minutes, 19 seconds.

Ilg also teamed with Southwest cycling and Nordic icon Clay Moseley of Los Alamos, N.M., for the overall win in the 3K Classic/Skate Relay.

In the final event of the morning, the 4K Classic Nordic Biathlon, Ilg scored on nearly 50 percent of his 20 shots while covering the 4K distance in 19:21.

Herald Staff