She's a Gem

She's a Gem

Elaine Goodner stood nervously next to her aging Labrador retriever Gem in a Northern California field knowing the next few hours would determine their legacy.
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Drawing for C2 youth hunts Nov. 30

Sixteen young hunters will get a chance to hunt on one of Southern Oregon's best private ranches with a guide during the upcoming holiday season.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking applications until Nov. 30 for the annual guided hunts on the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 this winter.

To be eligible, kids younger than 18 must have drawn the 630T Rogue Unit Youth Deer controlled-hunt tag in last summer's drawing.

The hunt period for that tag is...

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Elk season starts damp but not snowy

This week's storm fronts came too early and too few for Roosevelt bull elk hunters who are heading into the woods Saturday for the start of the general rifle season in the Cascades.

Snow levels that were down to about the 5,500-foot level Wednesday will rise today to around 8,000 feet as hunters prepare for the opener to the one-week general season.

The woods will be damp, so the crunchiness that plagued bowhunters is gone, and campfires will be allowed in elk camps. But the...

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Fear of orphaned cubs nixes new spring bear hunt

A proposed 250-tag spring bear hunt won't go forward after a groundswell of opposition over concerns that it would lead to orphaning of cubs.
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Coalition pans proposed spring bear hunt

Opponents of a proposed 250-tag spring bear hunt in southwest Oregon believe it will lead to more orphaned cubs dying in the woods.
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Campfires allowed in deer camp on public lands

Campfires are back in deer camp on Southern Oregon public lands just in time for Saturday's start of the general rifle season for black-tailed deer, but access to most private industrial forests remains limited.
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Not by a long shot?

Not by a long shot?

When Bill Leever hunts deer or elk, he strips down to the basic essence of what "fair chase" means to him.

His rifle is equipped with only old iron sights, no optics. He carries no range finder. He relies of cover, wind and his five decades of hunting to pick out his target and put a big sneak on to get close enough for a good, clean shot.

Though it's legal and well celebrated, squeezing off a shot at an animal 700 yards away is never part of Leever's arsenal. Not by a long...

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Waterfowlers get maximum seasons

Waterfowlers have again been granted — for the 17th straight year — the longest duck and goose seasons allowable along the Pacific Flyway.

Healthy numbers of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway and increased local breeding this year means the full 107-day duck season, the maximum allowed by federal treaties.

Saturday, Oct. 11 is opening day for duck and goose hunting statewide. The remainder of the seasons differ based on regions. The daily bag limit for ducks.....

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2014 Hunting Forecast

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Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties 

(Applegate, Chetco, Evans Creek, Rogue, portions of Dixon and Sixes units)

Black-tailed deer populations in Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties remain strong. The end of last year’s season showed a good buck ratio with high fawn ratios. This season will again be dependent on weather conditions. Because of the calendar year, the season is a week later than last year,.....

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Later season may help elk hunters

Later season may help elk hunters

The week-long camping trip known as the general Roosevelt bull elk rifle season in the south Cascades will start six days later than last year, offering one of the few circumstances tipped in favor of the hunter over their quarry in Southern Oregon's famed general bull season.

The continued shift in elk numbers and good habitat from high-elevation national forest lands to low-elevation private lands continues to be the bane of bull-shooters taking part in this once storied general...

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Buck hunters eye good shots at success

Hunters rolling out of the Rogue Valley and hitting the woods of Jackson County in search of black-tailed buck deer have reason for optimism. With good deer numbers and solid buck ratios, about one in five deer hunters can expect to get their bucks during the wide-open general season hunt.

"The success rate always bounced around between 15 and 20 percent, and it's been coming up a bit in the past four years," says Steve Niemela, assistant Rogue District wildlife biologist for the...

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Rewards offered to flush out Lake Creek poachers

More than $15,000 in reward money is now on the table for information that solves two recent big-game poaching cases along Lake Creek Road near Eagle Point.
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Reward upped to $10,000 in elk-poaching case

A reward is now up to $10,000 for anyone who helps police nab whoever poached a large Roosevelt bull elk from a private ranch in the Lake Creek area earlier this month.
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New app to help hunters in the field

Hunters plying Oregon's travel-management areas and other access areas can now use their smart phones or tablets as real-time maps in the field when a "you are here" designation can spell the difference between legal hunting and trespassing.
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Bowhunters hit woods amid extreme fire danger

Triple-digit temperatures. Smoke from forest fires in the air. And the forest floor crunching like Rice Crispies under your boots. Bow season must be right around the corner.
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Youth pheasant hunt sign-ups now available

Youth hunters can sign up for the youth pheasant hunts planned for Sept. 20-21 at the Denman Wildlife Area in White City.
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Shoot Out!

Shoot Out!

Medford man shoots lights-out to win the Oregon state skeet-shooting championship one year after taking up the sport.
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Band of Doves

Band of Doves

The annual banding of mourning doves helps Oregon land a longer dove-hunting season and bigger bag limits this year, matching other Western states.
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Oregon Caves expansion bill worries hunters

Some Southern Oregon hunters fear a bill to expand the size of the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold would lead to a ban on hunting on those lands now open to sportsmen, though its authors insist it won't.
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'$5,250? That's enough for someone to talk'

A black-tailed deer carcass with its antlers and skull cap hacked away is tossed off the side of Antioch Road near Sams Valley, a wildlife crime disgusting enough to bring together two of the most unlikely bedfellows — the Medford-based Oregon Hunters Association and the Humane Society of the United States.
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January 17, 2014

Hunters face report deadline

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