Outdoors Briefs

N.M. hunting seasons open for deer and elk

SANTA FE The New Mexico Game and Fish Department advises hikers, bicyclists and others to wear bright clothing if they are in the backcountry to ensure they are visible to hunters.

Hunting seasons opened last weekend for elk, deer, grouse, doves, squirrels and band-tailed pigeons.

The deer and elk seasons in September are for bow hunters. Rifle and muzzleloader seasons are in October and November.

Some antelope hunting starts Saturday.

The department estimates 60,000 people will hunt elk and deer through the end of the year and perhaps 25,000 will hunt for small game and waterfowl.

Aspen, Arapahoe Basin plan ski expansions

ASPEN Aspen Skiing Co. says it will open 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain, making the Snowmass Ski Area the second-largest ski resort in Colorado behind Vail.

Crews hired by the company last week began cutting the first of an estimated 800 trees on 6 acres to link meadows to other trails.

Meanwhile, Arapahoe Basin has unveiled a long-term development plan that includes skiing in the dangerous steeps known as The Beavers just beyond its operating boundary.

That plan would add more than 400 backcountry acres served by ski lifts.

Snow-travel rules extended in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. The National Park Service is proposing to extend the existing rules on snowmobile and snowcoach use in Yellowstone National Park.

The proposal announced last week would continue the rules that have been in place for the last three winters. It allows for up to 318 commercially guided snowmobiles and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches daily.

The National Park Service also is reopening the public comment period for 30 days for an environmental Impact Statement on the long-term plan for winter use in Yellowstone National Park.

Associated Press