Duck stamp increase closer to reality

A bipartisan bill that would raise the price of a federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25 and channel millions of dollars toward wetlands and other waterfowl habitat conservation passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Conservation and sportsmen's interests such as the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership that have consistently championed the increase gave the vote wide praise.

The Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 would increase the cost of a Duck Stamp, the annual permit required to.....

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Over hill and dale along I-5

One doesn’t have to be bored while traveling along I-5 north from Medford. There’s a lot of geology to see spicing up the most jaded traveler’s trip.  Keep an eye out on the changing landscape and road cuts — all but the driver of course, else you end up as a hood ornament on a Peterbilt truck.

As you leave our valley, the canyon walls steepen and the terrain roughens. You’re entering the 173- to 136...

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2014 Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest

To enter the 15th annual contest, fill out an online registration form and upload your photos on our website at www.mailtribune.com/birdcontest.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17.
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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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New hunter course available online

Oregon now has three accredited online courses available to comply with the state's hunter-education requirements for youths.
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New trails could garner scenic designation

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for trails to be nominated as scenic or regional, as well as bike paths for the Scenic Bikeways program.
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Nibbling away at the Earth

Have you ever noticed anyone pulled off the side of the road, car doors wide open and licking or nibbling on rocks taken from a road cut? Think they’re crazy? They just might be a touch daft or geologists or both.
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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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Ashland runners tackle Alps stage race

Ashland runners tackle Alps stage race

A dream vacation in August for many people includes rest and relaxation at a pool, lake or campsite. Rob Cain and John Price, not so much.
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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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Spey champ to visit Rogue Flyfishers

A four-time women's spey-casting champion will be in Southern Oregon later this month to talk to the Rogue FlyFishers Association about casting, and she'll hold a casting workshop on the Rogue River.

Whitney Gould is the featured speaker at the club meeting set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Rogue Regency, 2300 N. Biddle Road, Medford.

She will follow that presentation up with a spey-casting class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TouVelle State Park on the Rogue at Table Rock Road. The...

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Poorwills are shy, but they're out there

Poorwills are shy, but they're out there

The heat of a late summer afternoon begs for a nap, and people aren’t the only ones feeling drowsy. Some mammals have already checked out for a summer nap, and they have every intention of rolling the snooze right on through to next spring. The Belding’s ground squirrels of the Klamath Basin are gone except for maybe a few young still trying to pack on a few more ounces before the long sleep. Marmots, too, are settling down for an eight-month slumber. What a life. more »

Applegate Lake's Payette Trail: The ride for the casual mountain biker

Sometimes it's not easy to get your friends onto the trails. To them, mountain biking may conjure images of uncontrolled downhill descents, hitting rocks and going tumbling over the handlebars, especially since all they own is a hybrid bike, or maybe an off-brand budget mountain bike with cantilever brakes and worn-out shocks.

If that's the case, there's still a place you can take them that won't bore even experienced riders. The trail around Applegate Lake is one of the most...

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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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Dry grass leads to vehicle restrictions

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted some vehicle access to its property along the Rogue River near Gold Hill to curb wildfire danger.
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Preventing trouble is their job at Buoy 10

Preventing trouble is their job at Buoy 10

WARRENTON — When more than 2 million fall salmon are predicted to swim up the Columbia River, thousands of anglers are sure to chase them. A few of those fishermen will get into trouble.
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What's in your Camelbak? Or how not to get stranded on the trail

Remembering to pack essential tools on even the most routine ride can save you from being a victim of Murphy's Law
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Second annual King of the Rogue races Saturday

Second annual King of the Rogue races Saturday

Some of whitewater's least inhibited competitors will search among themselves for this year's King of the Rogue in a competition that makes last year's inaugural event on the Rogue River look like a float on the pond.

Competitors will kayak, raft and ride stand-up paddleboards through one Class III and two Class IV rapids in succession to see who can master the Ti'lomikh Falls area near Gold Hill in an event that's extreme even for these guys.

It will include perhaps the first...

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'Meet me on the trail'

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Big, Fat Feet

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Cool Pools

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Hunters face report deadline

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