Weyerhaeuser doubles lands open to hunters

The Weyerhaeuser Company is more than doubling its access permits and lease programs to more than 733,000 of its industrial forestlands in Oregon, and this program could impact whether hunters seek tags in wildlife-management units where these lands are located.

The company plans to allow 107,134 acres of land to be accessed only by successful bidders for leases, while permits can be obtained to enter 625,980 acres of Weyerhaeuser lands, according to the company's...

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Deadline nears for hunt lottery

Oregonians have two weeks left to apply for the roughly 141,000 deer, elk, pronghorn and other big-game tags offered through the annual controlled hunt lottery used to mete out these tags.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission next month will tentatively set the tag numbers for these limited-entry seasons in time for the random computer draw for these tags in June.

Applications cost $8 per hunt series, and hunters need to buy an annual hunting license, which can be purchased...

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Legislature looks at banning hunting with drones

A bill to ban the use of drones while hunting or fishing is sailing through the Oregon Legislature as hunting groups and others join to ensure the principles of outdoors fair-chase keeps up with technology.

House Bill 2534 is getting close to hitting a full vote by the Oregon Senate after a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee that resulted in a recommendation for the Senate to pass it.

The Oregon House unanimously passed the bill in...

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Good time to start talking Tom

Good time to start talking Tom

LAKE CREEK — Perhaps the Southern Oregon outdoor fanatics who have fared best from the worst back-to-back drought years on record here are those who will be crouched against the base of an oak tree next week decked out in camo and holding shotguns.

Oregon's wild turkey hunters are poised to begin their popular spring season with plenty of birds on the ground and in their roosts this year thanks to very good nesting success during the past two very dry springs.

"We've had...

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Hunting's Second Season

Hunting's Second Season

Jason Haley had his young son, Jacob, in tow as the pair stepped down an eastern Jackson County forest trail in search of a place to set up their bear blind when an object caught Haley's eye.

Haley reached off the trail and grabbed a small five-point antler that once graced the cranium of a Roosevelt bull elk, and Jacob quickly chimed in that he wanted to find one, as well.

"I said, 'Well, buddy, it's pretty rare to find one,' " Haley says. "Next thing you know, he walks 20 or 30....

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Drawing for youth turkey hunts March 31

Ten young guns will have a good shot at bagging a tom turkey this spring thanks to an agreement with a local ranch that helps create hunting access and wildlife habitat.

The hunts on the C2 Ranch near Lake Creek are done through a drawing by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Winners get one day of guided turkey hunting on the ranch either during the youth turkey season that runs April 11-12 or any time during the general spring season, which runs April 15-May 31.

To...

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OHA to auction statewide elk tag in Medford

The Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association will host a special Access and Habitat Program tag auction during its annual fundraising banquet Feb. 28 in Medford, a coup that will add cash to its coffers and more interest in its banquet.

The A&H Program's statewide elk tag will go to the highest bidder either in person, by proxy or via telephone for the tag, which allows its buyer to hunt for one elk for up to 90 days anywhere in Oregon that is open to some form of elk....

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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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Shoot Out!

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Band of Doves

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