Outdoor Buddies Community & Armed Forces Appreciation Day
On Saturday, May 13th, Outdoor Buddies will hold the sixth annual Community & Armed Forces Appreciation Day honoring Veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.
International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE)
Each year Outdoor Buddies volunteers staff a booth at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition held in January at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Drake Land Farms Pheasant Hunt
Outdoor Buddies schedules an annual pheasant hunt held at Drake Land Farms near Goodrich, Colorado.
Outdoor Buddies Fundraiser Banquet
Family Day at Swift Ponds
Every summer an Outdoor Buddies Family Day is held at Swift Ponds north of Windsor in Northern Colorado. There is no charge for this event. Hot dogs, burgers, chips, etc. are provided – also free of charge! This is an event for the whole family! Activities in prior years have included: catch and release fishing (no license is necessary); trap shooting; bird dog demonstrations; fly casting demonstrations and instructions: turkey calling demonstrations; fun.
Sporting Clays Benefit
This fundraiser provides a fun-filled day where corporations and small businesses can sponsor a team or two in our event where we provide a little friendly shooting competition. Individual shooters are also invited and very welcome to participate.
Hunts & Outings
Deer, Elk, and Pronghorn Hunts
In recent years, Outdoor Buddies has sponsored approximately 130 one-on-one big game hunts for deer, elk, and pronghorn. Many landowners and land managers throughout Colorado allow Outdoor Buddies to hunt on their properties The main goal of these hunts is to provide an enjoyable outdoor adventure experience for the participants. Outdoor Buddies is not in the business of providing trophy hunts! Big game hunts are primarily for game management purposes and are typically held in areas where there is an over population of animals.
Turkey and Waterfowl Hunts
Turkey and Waterfowl hunts are held during the applicable Colorado seasons. Outdoor Buddies has permission to hunt at several locations. See the newsletter for more specific information.
Upland Bird Hunts
Outdoor Buddies schedules upland bird hunts at various times. No license is necessary as these are farm-raised birds rather than wild birds. Trained pointing and retrieving dogs and their handlers accompany the hunters who usually ride a Go-Getter such as shown below. Backup hunters accompany the disabled hunter in an attempt to ensure that the birds don’t escape.
Normally about ten fishing outings are held per year; including fishing with flies, bait, and lures on various rivers and lakes throughout the front range. A few ice fishing outings are scheduled during winter months.
Campground at Tarryall State Wildlife Area
The Outdoor Buddies “closed-to-the public” campground adjacent to Tarryall Reservoir can be reserved for group camping by youth and church organizations. Many of the groups in past years have been disadvantaged youth organizations that allow kids to experience the outdoors, sometimes for the first time.