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Our View: Flood of orange welcomed

On Wednesday night, parking lots at local motels might have looked a little more full than usual. “No Vacancy” signs were lit up. The grocery stores’ lots featured more RVs than average. Local fashion suddenly trended toward camouflage, brown and bright orange.

These are familiar sights in Craig each October, as hunters flock to town for the start of rifle elk season.

There’s a reason Craig is known as the Elk Hunting Capital of the World, and these sportsmen (and some sportswomen) are in the know.

Signs have been popping up around town welcoming the hunters, and we want to join that bandwagon.

So, welcome, hunters. Welcome to Craig. We hope you enjoy your hunt, get your elk, and later make plans to come back next year.

We also hope that the residents of Craig are nice and courteous to you and everyone in your camp or group. Our economy depends on your business, and we know that you expect nothing less than fast, friendly service as you grab breakfast, buy supplies and shop for souvenirs for loved ones back home, wherever that may be.

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Around town, we hear hunters talking about how nice Craig is, how everyone is so nice, and we know that’s why people do come back. Craig has a small-town feel and home-y atmosphere, but we also have the bountiful resources hunters need to get through the season. Whether it’s spare or replacement hunting supplies, a place to process the meat, a grocery store to buy a frozen meal or can of beans to heat up back at the motel, a shipping business to send supplies or meat home, a ranch to rent a horse for the hunt, or shops to buy gifts for non-hunters, we have it here – and so much more, too.

With the economy headed downhill and gas prices headed even further uphill, there has been some worry and concern around town that this year’s hunting season may not draw as many people to Craig and Moffat County. But the thing about hunters is that they may give up something because of the economy, but they’re not going to give up getting their prize elk.

Most hunters plan for their hunt up to a year in advance. After all, they have to secure their animal tags, place to stay, equipment, travel and plenty of other details.

And we’re glad they do put in the time, effort and money to get here.

Where else but Craig can you expect to see animal carcasses hanging from racks or trees in front of the local motels?

Not many places.

And we’re proud of it.

We’re happy to see the stream of hunters into Craig, and we welcome each and every one of them. Good luck this season.