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ODFW Weekly Recreational Report

11/24/16 -- Take family and friends fishing for free on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. It’s a free fishing weekend in Oregon and no licenses, tags or endorsements will be required to fish anywhere in the state.

«Wilson River winter steelhead! Photo courtesy of Oregon Fish and Wildlife

Some good bets include:

  • Thanksgiving often marks the beginning the winter steelhead season on many coastal rivers.
  • Several local ponds have been stocked with trout (including some brood trout) just for the weekend.
  • Many larger lakes and reservoirs have been stocked throughout the season and there are many holdover fish that should be big and feisty this time of year.
  • Check out this week’s Recreation Report for opportunities near you, and check out road conditions before you go.

    Preference points available until Nov. 30
    If you didn’t make the first May 15 deadline, you can still get a preference point. Purchase online or using this fax/mail order application.

    Late archery deer seasons in November
    Bowhunters with an unfilled general season deer archery tag can hunt Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Nov. 19-Dec. 11 in parts of western Oregon, see page 54 of the regs for details.

    Turkey cooking tips
    Wild game chef Tiffany Haugen shared some turkey cooking tips this week during a Facebook Live session

    See elk herds in the meadows now at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
    Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Best viewing has been in the mornings and evenings until dark. The elk breeding season or “rut” is over for the season and elk have gathered into larger groups. With the cooler and wetter weather, elk are spending more time in the open fields and recently some elk have been visible throughout day.

    Youth with 630T deer tag: Apply by Nov. 30 for chance to hunt on private ranch
    Sixteen youth hunters will be chosen for a one-day hunt on the C2 Ranch in southern Oregon. More details.

    More Outdoor News

    Game Wardens and Ghost Towns

    All that’s left of the ghost town of Newville are the remains of this service station. I remember the old hand-pump gas tank still being out front during the 1960s; it’s gone now. Photo by Steven T. Callan
    On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
    12/02/16 -- Out of beer and three sheets to the wind, the three deer poachers turned west on Newville Road and headed northeast toward Paskenta. Rounding the first bend, they passed the ghost town of Newville. Newville had thrived...Full Story

    The Most Beautiful Duck in North America

    The drake mallard, with its iridescent green head., by Steven T. Callan
    On Patrol by Steven T. Callan 
    11/05/16 -- Ask any waterfowl enthusiast to name the most beautiful duck in North America, and he or she will most likely point to the brilliant, multicolored, drake wood duck (Aix sponsa). Others might claim that the iridescent green head of...Full Story

    ODFW Weekly Recreation Report

    09/29/16 -- Oregon’s most popular hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1. Don’t forget to pick up your tag by Sept. 30. Forecast rain could make it a good opener in some areas; see the reports below for more information. Don’t forget to...Full Story

    An Island of Our Own

    Western Toad, by kathy callan
    On Patrol, by Steven T. Callan
    09/23/16 -- Over the years, Kathy and I have often dreamed of escaping today’s fast-paced, hectic world and moving to an island of our own—an island of trees, flowers, and abundant wildlife, where we could experience the joys of...Full Story

    Rafting and Reflecting on the American

    Rafting on the American River, by Steven T. Callan
    By Steven T. Callan
    06/12/16 -- When I looked at the list of outdoor activities for this year’s Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) spring conference, a rafting trip down the American River practically jumped off the page...Full Story

    ​In Search of the Elegant Trogon

    Male hooded oriole in pomegranate tree, photo by Steven T. Callan
    By Steven T. Callan
    05/18/16 -- I’ve always been fascinated with birds, but I really became hooked on bird-watching, or birding, as it’s often called, during the mid-seventies when I was a rookie Fish and Game warden down on the Colorado...Full Story

    The Mudhen King

    Don Webster, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
    04/22/16 -- There has been a time or two during my life when having some knowledge and experience with the outdoor world has come in handy. Especially job handy. As in monetarily handy. I remember one such occasion...Full Story

    Hite Cove

    hand holding fish, by phil akers
    Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
    03/21/16 -- Revered by the Ahwahneechee, later congressionally designated as a Wild and Scenic River, the South Fork Merced originates on the southern slope of Triple Divide Peak in Yosemite National Park. Part of the Clark ...Full Story

    ​A Letter to Ted Trueblood

    Ted Trueblood, photo courtesy of Don Webster
    By Don Webster
    01/28/16 -- Although you probably know what’s on my mind, I think you understand that it’s important for me to tell you anyway. You, Corey Ford, Nash Buckingham, Robert Ruark, and Ernest Hemingway were writers who wrote... Full Story

    Flat tires! Are They Undetectable?

    Example of what happens to a flat tire driven at freeway speed and possibly ten miles distance, photo by Don Stec
    By Don Stec
    11/02/15 -- Modern vehicles handle very well. So it is understandable when some people tell us they did not notice one tire was flat and drove several miles on the flat, destroying the tire. The first time I had heard this... Full Story

    Poaching in the Parks

    A stately bull elk in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Kathy Callan
    By Steven T. Callan
    08/29/15 -- The recent killing of Hwange National Park’s beloved icon, Cecil the Lion, has brought to mind a number of outrageous poaching incidents that occurred right here in California -- all of them inside national parks, state parks... Full Story

    Those Wonderful Wildlife Caregivers

    Steven T. Callen with one of three orphaned black bear cubs, circa 1981. Photo courtesy of Steven T. Callan
    By Steven T. Callan
    07/18/15 -- One of the more disheartening, sometimes discouraging aspects of a wildlife officer’s job is dealing with injured, orphaned, or imprinted wildlife that cannot be released back into the wild. Wildlife rehabilitation facilities, most of... Full Story

    Caribou Wilderness

    Susan Lake, photo by Phil Akers
    Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
    06/01/15 -- Adjacent to the eastern border of Lassen Volcanic National Park is a remote volcanic plateau on the eastern slopes of what was once Mt. Tehama. Cinder cones, crater peaks, old-growth forest, and azure lakes make up... Full Story

    A Jewel in the Desert

    Once coveted by the pet trade, native reptiles, like this chuckwalla, may no longer be sold in California. Photo by Steven T. Callan
    By Steven T. Callan
    05/25/15 -- In late April, before summer set in, Kathy and I decided to spend a few days in the land of blistering sands and sharp thorns. I had worked in the California desert during my early years with the California Department of Fish... Full Story

    Don’t kill them all! Some snakes are good!

    Indigo snake
    By Captain William E. Simpson
    04/27/15 -- Most survivalists and Preppers spend a good deal of time outdoors as do many other Americans. Many people have a healthy fear of snakes, and given the fact that there are several species of venomous snakes that are...Full Story

    Marijuana Wars and the California DFW

    ish and Wildlife Warden Jerry Karnow with suspected poisoned bear at an illegal marijuana grow site. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Jerry Karnow
    By Steven T. Callan
    04/16/15 -- Just after daylight in September 2014, four California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and four Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies quietly locked their vehicles and began what was to be an arduous hike... Full Story

    ‘Preppers’ & Disaster Preparedness Myths

    Life is hard... it's even harder if you're stupid, John Wayne
    By Capt. William E. Simpson
    04/14/15 -- We live in a world where civilization, reason and logic are said to be at historic heights, yet so many people today, especially our youth, are making new lows in relevant intelligence and labor under a host of myths and illusions...Full Story

    A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog

    Pup, Phil Akers, A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog
    Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
    04/07/15 -- Bigfoot’s number one pet is the wolverine but for us humans it’s the canine. Americans are projected to spend $60 billion this year on pets! A large portion of this goes to dogs. We all love our dogs and generally...Full Story

    Show Respect and Pass Through Quietly

    Butte Valley Wildlife Area with Mount Shasta in background, photo by Kathy and Steven Callan
    By Steven T. Callan 
    03/05/15 -- “Quick, roll up the windows!” said Kathy. We had just entered the ten-mile auto tour route at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, when four cars roared by us like we were standing still. Pulling to the side of the road...Full Story

    Tactical Survival Axe, AKA: ‘The Bruiser’

    USMC Tactical Survival Axe, AKA: ‘The Bruiser’, photo by William E. Simpson
    Article and photos by Capt. William E. Simpson
    02/24/15 -- I am not an expert with edged weapons, even though I have a trunk-load of them, including the old Buck hunting knife that my Dad gave me when I was a teenager many moons ago. So with that said, I wanted to share...Full Story

    Hot Stove

    blue lake surrounded by gray snow peaked mountains with green grass meadow in the foreground. Photo by Phil Flip Akers
    Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
    02/24/15 -- Much like fantasy baseball, winter is the “hot stove” season for high elevation wilderness adventures. It is time to study and plan for the upcoming summer. But instead of preparing to draft players, we find...Full Story

    A Problem Requiring a Different Approach

    A humungous crowd of people.
    By Captain William E. Simpson, USMM
    02/08/15 -- Most survival strategies and related tactics used today draw upon the methods that were used or which worked in past small-scale localized and regional disasters, and will likely work again to some extent in similar...Full Story

    Survival Using RVs

    Silver mobile home with striped awning, parked on a grassy field alongside a river with forested hills leading up to snow capped mountains. Photo by William E. Simpson
    Article and photos by William E. Simpson
    12/26/14 -- Over the past year many people have reached-out to me asking the same question; ‘What can people do to survive a catastrophic event besides sailing to an island on a bug-out boat? This was of course a natural... Full Story

    For the Love of Ducks

    Snow geese at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. photo by Steven T. Callan
    Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
    12/23/14 -- With the north wind blowing off snow-covered Mount Shasta, it was brutally cold that December afternoon in 1960. Sitting in the back seat of our family car, I spotted an enormous flock of snow-white birds feeding in the... Full Story

    Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part II

    NASA image depicting solar storm impacting earth’s geomagnetic field.
    By Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM
    11/25/14 -- Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Disaster Preparedness articles written by Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM. The first was an attempt to simplify the subject of disaster preparedness by focusing on risk...Full Story

    Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part I

    Preparedness & Survival by Capt. William E. Simpson
    11/12/14 -- Over the past few years, disaster preparedness (“prepping”) has become a popular topic. A very large mix of people have begun preaching prepping, all having different motives for promoting their particular... Full Story

    Making Friends With The Neighbors

    Wild (feral) stallions competing - copyright Laura Simpson 2014
    By William E. Simpson
    10/14/14 -- There are few animals in nature that match the majestic beauty of a stallion running wild and free. They rule their territory by day and by night. Recently, my wife Laura and I decided to change adventures...Full Story

    Ishi

     Newspaper headline from early August 1911. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee.
    By Phil 'Flip' Akers
    10/08/14 -- Southwest of Mt. Lassen lies a remote and largely forgotten piece of Cascade foothill region. Dark basaltic cliffs and pinnacles adorn inhospitable river canyons, carved by what is now Mill and Deer Creeks, through bad...Full Story

    Tall Trees and Emerald Waters

    Kathy at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, beside one of the largest (redwood) trees on Earth., photo by Steven T. Callan
    By Steven T. Callan
    10/06/14 -- Kathy and I recently attended the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) fall conference on the aptly-named Wild Rivers Coast. Stretching from Port Orford, Oregon to Klamath, California, the Wild.... Full Story

    The 'Death Wobble' -- Be Safe Not Sorry!

    Death Wobble, underbody of a vehicle, Don Stec
    Article and photos by Don Stec
    03/31/14 -- Death Wobble is not to be confused with a front-end shimmy or a wheel balance problem. A Death Wobble (DW) is very common on vehicles with a solid front axle. It has earned its name, not from mechanics but by vehicle... Full Story

     

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