Hunting film on tap at Chief

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— Just as ski and snowboard season is still months away, so are the waves of ski and snowboard films. Hunting season, by contrast, is right around the corner.

Elk archery season begins Saturday, and to coincide with that season's opening, a hunting film festival is also here today.

The Hunting Film Tour arrives in downtown Steamboat Springs for a 7 p.m. showing at the Chief Theater.

The two-hour showing will feature 10 films, each between five and 10 minutes in length.

“What we sought to do was give viewers something different from their normal 30-minute TV film hunt,” said tour spokesman Chase Perry. “Our films are more story driven than what you might see on TV.”

This is the first year for the Hunting Film Tour, which branched off from a successful flyfishing film tour produced by the same organization. It began with a premiere in Bozeman, Mont., earlier this month and has dates scheduled in 22 cities in 14 states from Alaska to Vermont.

The films showcase hunting of all sorts, including treks for bear, deer, duck, turkey and even the aoudad, an African sheep introduced into North America, and in the film, found in Texas.

While a few of the hunters go at it with rifles, most of the films' subjects are archery aficionados.

“We have received nothing but positive feedback,” Perry said. “Our main mission in our first year is just to get the word out. We want to know what people think, and there are tons of people wanting to get on board.”

Tickets are available at Straightline Sports in downtown Steamboat for $8, or online at www.huntingfilmtour.com or at the door for $10.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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