As last week's warm rains pounded Southern Oregon, Medford's Ryan Allred and his gonzo kayak buddies of yore kept a close eye on the Bear Creek stream gauges to see whether Medford would once again turn into Surf City.
The normally staid and largely polluted creek is usually not much of an attraction for world-class kayakers, whose main obstacles are drowned shopping carts and escaping without a case of Hepatitis C.
But when the water roars like it did Saturday, Bear Creek's...
Just as Oregon wildlife managers in 2002 were about to ban the increasingly popular electronic duck decoy dubbed "robo-duck," Ron Anglin watched a television show in which holograms of people were projected into the air.
Anglin's Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was five years late in banning the swimming and diving robo-ducks as a technological threat to hunting's fair-chase ethic here, and he didn't want a repeat of that mistake. So he added holograms to the list of big-game...
ASHLAND — Kristi Mergenthaler strolls along the upper bank of Ashland's Clay Creek scanning the tree bark for a little, no-neck bird walking head-first down a tree trunk.
The Oredson-Todd Woods here are lousy with red-breasted nuthatches, but the tiny, pointy-billed birds are tough to see and only faintly heard.
"It kind of does a 'neep, neep, neep,' " Mergenthaler says. "Some people describe it as a little bugle. I like to think of it as the sound of a big truck backing...
Oregon's state senators and representatives next week will start dropping new bills in their chambers for the upcoming Oregon legislative session, and a host of hunters, especially bowhunters, will be combing through the pile in search of the C word.
They are expecting another legislative attempt to keep Oregon from remaining the only state to outlaw crossbows in regulated hunting seasons.
Despite their general approval and even skyrocketing interest throughout the Midwest...
The popularity of Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" has led to increased awareness and use of the trail that runs from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon and California. There are more thru-hikers — people who, like Strayed, attempt to hike the entire trail — and more day and overnight users of this incredible national resource.
Now "Wild" has been made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern,...
Lava Beds National Monument will host the Tulelake Christmas Bird Count Sunday, Jan. 4, as part of the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
Since 1900 during the holiday season, citizen scientists throughout America have counted birds. The annual Christmas Bird Count provides reliable data that helps demonstrate the importance of national parks to birds.
Ashland is conducting its annual bird count Saturday, Jan. 3. Medford conducted its count on Dec. 20.
Among all the jeeps, shrieks, coos and caws during last year's Christmas Bird Count, conspicuously absent was the incessant incessant wheezy chatter normally heard everywhere from backyard bird feeders to Ponderosa pine stands.
None of the 59 citizen scientists taking part in Medford's contribution to the national bird tally last Dec. 19 spied a single pine siskin.
The year before, 149 pine siskins reared their conical-beaked heads within the Medford count circle. But last year...
'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...
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...
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?
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.....
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...