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Robert Durham, an Atlanta hunter in Steamboat Springs on Friday for the opening of elk rifle season, listens as Vanatta Outfitters guide Chad Bedell helps him correctly site his rifle before the start of the season.

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Big bucks said to be prowling high country in Northwest Colorado

Hunters were cautiously optimistic late last week as they prepared for the first of the four elk-hunting rifle windows that will represent the bulk of the big-game animal hunting season in Northwest Colorado. The first three-day season opened with Saturday morning’s sunlight and hunters already were eyeing their first prey.

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