Hunting season is here and Montrose Downtown has everything local and visiting hunters need including licenses and supplies
A good first port of call is Colorado West Tool, Sport and Pawn (517 East Main Street). Offering a collection of essential tools and equipment, including rifles and bows, owner Wendy Brittell says she gets both regular customers and visitors coming in for all kinds of supplies including gun cleaning kits and ammunition. Colorado West Tool, Sport and Pawn also has a large selection of knives that can be useful to hunters.
On top of actual hunting tools and equipment, many hunters will be in need of camping and RV supplies. Steve Omernik, owner of The Great Outdoors Company (10 South Selig Street), says the shop can take care of the camping side of hunting season. From sleeping bags and tents to camp kitchen accessories, the store is the best destination downtown for camping supplies. The Great Outdoors Company, which has been a fixture on Main Street for five years, also offers dozens of maps of the local area and beyond as well as plenty of outdoor gear to keep you nice and toasty on chilly autumn days including base layers and wool socks.
For 35 years, Chris and Wayne Adams have operated Park Avenue True Value (601 East Main Street). Currently undergoing an expansion that will see the company open a new 92,000-square-foot warehouse, the additional premises will offer party equipment and truck rental as well as a commercial laundry service. The premises will also serve as a showroom.
General manager Brandon Silva, who is part of the family, tells us that hunters may find the wide range of Stihl power tools in store handy for various outdoor jobs, particularly those that venture deep into the woods. And for hunters that need RV parts and accessories, the store offers a range of supplies.
John Abel, the owner of Abel’s Ace Hardware (22 South Townsend Ave) says that they see hundreds of hunters who visit the shop. Many of them stop in to get hunting and fishing licenses, but they also find all kinds of other bits and pieces in the well-equipped hardware store. Abel has been running the store since 1975, and while they don't hunting rifles they do sell plenty of handy accessories for hunters including elk calls, gloves, high visibility gear, hats, and even game cookbooks. As one of the few places in town that sells hunting licenses, Abel’s is a popular stop for hunters.
Looking for more information on where to go in the area or need to ask some questions about the various rules and regulations in place for hunters? The Montrose Public Lands Center (2505 South Townsend Avenue) and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Montrose Wildlife Service Center (2300 South Townsend Avenue) will have all of the answers you need.
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