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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OSP trooper saw his future at a young age

OSP trooper saw his future at a young age

TRAIL — The Wednesday call from the Oregon State Police dispatcher appeared rather routine for OSP Fish and Wildlife Senior Trooper Jim Collom during a mid-May morning along the upper Rogue River.
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'Dads with jobs' regroup to run the river

Ryan Allred and his three rafting buddies from back in the day get together regularly with their families, and on occasion they drift into reminiscing about their whitewater hero days.
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Back to Boston

Back to Boston

Michael Nabielski was just two turns from the finish of last year's Boston Marathon when the sea of runners in front of him abruptly began to ebb.
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These free excursions are meant to be wild

Richard Hendrickson likes to help keep his 82-year-old frame young and get some clean air in his lungs by hiking Southern Oregon trails.
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Open season on chinook — 'Remember 2009'

BROOKINGS — Ocean anglers who helped make this tiny coastal hamlet the chinook capital of Oregon the past two summers might find themselves a bit let down to hear this year's season likely will see more average chinook catches.
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Rooster Tale

Rooster Tale

Margaret Shaughnessy stood rib-deep in Mexico's Sea of Cortez rocking an enormous roosterfish in the water, hoping it would swim away and take her fly-fishing infamy with it.
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Too successful

Too successful

BROOKINGS — Rich Heap and other salty dogs from the Brookings area set out in 2011 to learn whether they could catch enough Pacific halibut to make it worth their time, especially when chinook salmon seasons are in a lull.
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'Pure luck'

'Pure luck'

It's a question that lingers in the back of the mind for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain-bikers heading alone into Oregon's backcountry.
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Winter fly-fishing explodes on lower Rogue

AGNESS — One of the driest winters on record, which has shut down winter steelhead fishing in the Rogue Valley, has created a perfect storm of sorts for fly-fishers barely east of the salt air.
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Plinking is alive and well

Hard to imagine that the xBox age still is a time when a kid and his dad can spend an afternoon blowing through a box of .22-caliber shells in the good old pastime of shooting tin cans off the back fence.
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