Play local, pay local

Play local, pay local

'Tis the season to shop at the small boxes.

Rogue Valley outdoorsmen and women sure like to play local, and now's a good time to pay local, too, while checking off those gift lists and helping put some dead presidents in area cash registers.

Last year, Oregon Outdoors leaned on outdoor writers from across the Pacific Northwest to weigh in on what they thought was cool stuff for presents, and the ensuing list provided a slew of excellent offerings. But it was all stuff available...

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Grill-to-grill dining not an Oregon thing

After almost a year of allowing its citizens to dine on big-game animals struck and killed by cars, Montana officials consider its meals-under-wheels program a success.

Whether Oregon follows suit as the 38th state to allow its citizens to feast on their bumper crop of road-killed deer and elk is a bandwagon that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife leaders won't jump on or off. 

"Our agency position has been ... whatever," says Ron Anglin, the ODFW's Wildlife Division...

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Fishing through readers' stream of consciousness

The mailbag can be a mixed bag of cheers and jeers when your readers weigh in on Outdoor Journal topics. Here are a few snippets that made their way through the spam filter.

Earth to Freeman:

How is it that you get to go fishing and call it work?

Everyone

Roughly one reader per week (and sometimes a boss) poses that question, and the answer is always the same. Being an outdoor writer in Southern Oregon is work. Maybe.....

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JPEG Moments

JPEG Moments

Submissions begin today for the 15th annual Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest.
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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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Trail tenders

Trail tenders

MARIAL —  While working in the summer of 2005 as a caretaker of the famed Rogue River Ranch along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, Gabe Howe explored a handful of old spur trails off the Rogue River National Recreation Trail.

"You could see even then how these trails hadn't gotten much maintenance," Howe says.
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Washington steelhead rule not migrating south

When anglers release the hatchery steelhead they catch, only four things can happen, and all of them are bad.

For one, the stressed steelhead could go belly-up. If it survives, it could make it all the way to its hatchery of origin, which likely is already clogged with excess fish.

Or it could stray onto wild steelhead spawning grounds, where the genes from this coddled fish could alter things such as run timing and maturation rates in wild fish over time.

And last, some...

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Scenic with a capital 'S'

Scenic with a capital 'S'

The historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is Southern Oregon's first state-designated scenic trail.
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Wolf locations could become public record someday

Wolf locations could become public record someday

Releasing GPS coordinates of wolves could raise questions over how much information about wolves is too much.
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Local bass champ looks to continue his rise

Local bass champ looks to continue his rise

Jacksonville's Jacob Wall hopes a little frog in his tackle box will help him become the new prince of West Coast collegiate bass anglers.

Wall and teammate Kyle Schneider will be representing the University of Oregon next week in a two-day invitational tournament at California's bass mecca at Clear Lake in their quest to become national college bass-fishing champions.
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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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Ringing up ringtails

Ringing up ringtails

There are at least four known ringtail sites along the stretch of trail that begins off Highway 62 and runs up the Rogue River Gorge. They include a pair that were photographed, captured and collared last year in an effort to develop protocols for systematically surveying one of Oregon's more far-out fauna.
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Letting go

Letting go

EAGLE POINT — Roberta Beene straddles her black steed Tempo with an arrow in one hand and a bow in the other, ready to get in touch with her inner Hun.

A squeeze of her thighs sends the horse bolting forward as Beene lets loose a succession of arrows — first forward, then sideways and even backward, as if she were part of a plundering hoard ransacking a village.
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Crayfish catchers to escape pinch of the law

After more than a decade of oversight, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to change non-native crayfish status from prohibited to controlled, giving crayfish lovers the right to help curb their spread by adding them to their dinner.
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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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'$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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Rock bottom at Diamond Lake

ROSEBURG — John Linson's winning fishing day Saturday on Diamond Lake didn't start by motoring his boat over his favorite haunts on the lake's south side — or even at the boat ramp.
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Green Skiing

Green Skiing

ASHLAND — Brian McKay deftly slices his way through the slalom gates, planting his poles to carve his downhill turns until one of his skis catches an edge and he spirals off course.
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Go ahead, Rogue — rub it in

GOLD HILL — Since the early 1990s, an exposed basalt rock along a rather innocuous-looking Rogue River riffle downstream of what used to be Gold Ray Dam has been known, at least to me, as Dog Crap Rock.
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April 18, 2014

Back to Boston

March 14, 2014

Rooster Tale

February 14, 2014

Too successful

February 07, 2014

'Pure luck'

January 17, 2014

Plinking is alive and well

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