Train-to-hunt competitors off to nationals

Ashland native Trever Neistrath will head to Utah next month to defend his national title in the third annual Train to Hunt Challenge, a biathlon of sorts for archery hunters looking to get into shape for the upcoming season.

Neistrath, 34, will be joined by two others from their Ashland-based club at the nationals set for Aug. 13-14 at a shooting range outside Salt Lake City.

Also headed to the national championships is Neistrath's wife, Lindsey, and Steven Dahn of Ashland, both....

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Free fishing event set for Hyatt Lake

Oregonians can fish and catch shellfish for free during Free Fishing Weekend Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5.

The weekend will include a local angling event at Hyatt Lake. The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are teaming up for the free Hyatt Lake event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hyatt Lake Campground near The Greensprings.

Fishing rods and tackle will be provided for kids, and plenty of other activities are planned for...

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Drawing nears for youth turkey hunt

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 Cattle Co. ranch near Lake Creek are filled 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 9-10 or any time during the general spring season, which runs April 15-May...

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Reporting deadline looms for hunters

Oregon hunters are facing the first mandatory reporting deadline of the year. By Sunday, all of last year's big-game tag-holders must report their success, or lack of, in 2015.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday for those who purchased deer, elk, pronghorn, cougar, bear and turkey tags for hunts that ended in 2015, and many of those who don't report will face future $25 fines, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Holders of 2015 tags for seasons that slop into.....

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Big rewards offered in three Rogue Valley poaching cases

Investigators hope the lure of big cash and the cloak of anonymity can help break open three separate big-game poaching cases from this fall around the Rogue Valley.

Rewards of up to $5,500 are being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for elk-poaching cases outside Shady Cove and in the Applegate Valley as well as a trophy deer killed recently in southeast Grants Pass.

The Oregon Hunters Association, through its Turn In Poachers...

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Young guns can register for deer hunt

Young guns can register this month for a chance at a black-tailed deer hunt of a lifetime at the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 during the Christmas holidays.

Sixteen youth hunters younger than 18 will be chosen in a drawing for these hunts, which have been offered since 2006 at the 9,500-acre ranch as part of the state Access and Habitat Program.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will take applications for the hunts through Nov. 30, and the winners will be...

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Camo queen

Camo queen

Remi Berube’s hunting and fishing buddies live in fear.

They are not worried about being attacked by a grizzly bear or pack of wolves while archery elk hunting, that’s part of the thrill of the sport. No, what they fear is Remi’s wife, Kristen, and she’s only 5-foot-5, cheerful and funny.

“My buddies are terrified that they’re going to get lined out in the book,” Remi said.

The book he’s referring to is...

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Free forage seed available for wildlife grass plots

Landowners who would like to attract more wildlife to their property can do so under a free grass-seed giveaway now under way.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has teamed with the Medford-based Oregon Hunters Association to provide 1.5 tons of a mix of grass seeds to create forage opportunities for everything from big-game animals to non-game birds.

Each interested landowner can get a 25-pound bag to be planted this fall, which is enough seed to turn about 2 acres into.....

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Sprinkles, better temps, await elk hunters

UNION CREEK — Rifle hunters who hit the high mountains of Southern Oregon this weekend in their quest to bag Western Oregon's largest fauna can expect slightly better conditions than their deer- and archery-hunting brethren have faced so far.

Persistent drought conditions and warm October temperatures have Southern Oregon's woods tinder-dry, so those participating in the upcoming general rifle season for Roosevelt bull elk again will face tough hunting conditions and fire...

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Sprinkles, better temps, await elk hunters

UNION CREEK — Rifle hunters who hit the high mountains of Southern Oregon this weekend in their quest to bag Western Oregon's largest fauna can expect slightly better conditions than their deer- and archery-hunting brethren have faced so far.

Persistent drought conditions and warm October temperatures have Southern Oregon's woods tinder-dry, so those participating in the upcoming general rifle season for Roosevelt bull elk again will face tough hunting conditions and fire...

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Archers can apply for C2 Ranch hunt

The state's Access and Habitat Program is once again partnering with the C2 Ranch to offer six adult hunters a chance to bowhunt on the ranch's high-grade habitat near Lake Creek.

Winners in an upcoming drawing will get a free, three-day, unguided hunt on the 9,500-acre ranch during the late archery season between Nov. 14 and Dec. 6.

The ranch offers these unique hunting access opportunities in exchange for the A&H Program helping to pay for seeding and buck-brush removal at.....

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The Weyerhaeuser Experiment

The Weyerhaeuser Experiment

It's being called the Weyerhaeuser Experiment, and whether it's greeted with a sullen sigh or the gnashing of teeth, it's getting more face time every day with Oregon hunters.

After decades of offering public access to its highly managed commercial tree farms — often loaded with deer and elk — the private timberland giant slapped the gates closed on huge swaths of its Western Oregon holdings and put up a "for rent" sign just before last year's controlled-hunt...

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2015 Hunting Forecast

DEER AND ELK

Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties

(Applegate, Chetco, Evans Creek, Rogue, portions of Dixon, and Sixes units)
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Waterfowlers see 18th straight maximum duck season

A record count of nearly 50 million breeding ducks means Oregon waterfowlers once again will enjoy their 18th straight season with the maximum number of hunting days available to them.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surveys found duck counts along the four flyways to be 51 percent above the long-term average dating back to 1955.

High numbers within the Pacific Flyway mean Oregon hunters will have the full 107 days of duck hunting allocated to them, leaving a 105-day season after.....

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Deer fever on the rise for good reason

Bulging buck ratios, dropping disease problems and improving weather conditions are combining for an outbreak of buck fever in Southern Oregon heading into one of the more promising general deer seasons in years for rifle hunters.

Coming off last year's season, when one in five Rogue Unit hunters slapped his or her tag on a tine, Southern Oregon hunters have plenty of reasons to be optimistic this fall.
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Elk hunters look to expand on last year's improved season

Coming off one of the strongest hunts in years, Roosevelt elk hunters in the south Cascades are heading into the season with a little more mystery than normal.

The bull ratio estimates that generate optimism among general-season riflemen aren't there this year, a victim of state budget cutbacks.

But it doesn't take a biologist in a helicopter flitting about the hillsides to know Jackson County is home to a good number of elk. But with degrading habitat in national forests,...

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Mountain quail wings to unlock population secrets

Mountain quail wings to unlock population secrets

A wing and a tail is all Mark Vargas asks from successful grouse and mountain quail hunters this season as the state wildlife biologist embarks on a new study to shed light on the health and habits of these upland game birds popular among Southern Oregon hunters.

It's new to Southern Oregon this fall, but Vargas' Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife brethren have been conducting these wing-and-tail collections for decades in parts of Eastern Oregon to gauge mating success and age...

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Sheep hunters' lifetime hunt lasts less than a day

Sheep hunters' lifetime hunt lasts less than a day

Schyler Gorman is the latest Oregonian to learn exactly how fleeting a hunters' once-in-a-lifetime moment can be.

The 26-year-old man beat the nearly 431 to 1 odds by landing one of Oregon's coveted tags to hunt California bighorn sheep this year after just four years of applying for the tag.

And he came through in spades, killing his ram Aug. 22, less than eight hours into the two-week hunt in the Fish Creek  area of southeastern Oregon's Warner Unit.

"It happened so.....

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