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Spring Courtship

A red-winged blackbird displays from the top of a cattail despite a day of clouds and rain in a Klickitat County marsh Monday afternoon.

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Making snow cave handy winter skill

LOOKOUT PASS, Idaho (AP) — A group of Spokane Mountaineers shouldered packs and snowshoed out from Lookout Pass with shovels and positive attitudes for their first winter camping experience in snow caves.

ODFW headed to Portland

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites attendees at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show to stop by its booth in Hall B by the kid’s trout pond at the Portland Expo Center this week, ending Feb. 12.

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Eagle Watch weekend

Ralph Thomas Rogers of Goldendale, at left, talks with presenter Catherine Flick with Friends of the Columbia Gorge during an eagle watch Sunday at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center.

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Boaters warned of debris in area rivers

Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, and wet forecast this week sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on Oregon rivers, especially west of the Cascade Mountains. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

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Surviving winter’s bite

Feeding wildlife in winter can negatively impact their success, says ODFW

Winter is a hard time of year for wildlife, but feeding deer can bring health problems that threaten their lives, said Jeremy Thompson, biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in The Dalles.

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Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

BOISE, Idaho— A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access.

All hunters expected to report hunt results by Jan. 31

Any hunter who purchased 2016 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2017 for most tags.

Skip's Trailhead: A gift list for the outdoor enthusiast

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for the Trailhead’s annual gift list for the person who loves the out-of-doors. This would include Nordic skiers, hikers, fishermen and hunters. I will base this gift list on the 10 essentials of outdoor survival. This year I’m going for the best brands in outdoor equipment.

ODFW to offer free fishing

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages Oregonians to start a new family tradition during Thanksgiving weekend — take the family fishing. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free, which means no licenses, tags or endorsements are needed on those days.

Get hooked by fishery plans

Coastal Conservation Association Oregon is asking area sports fishers to join their effort to keep license fees affordable and hatcheries open. A meeting to further explore formation of a gorge chapter is available at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Charburger Country restaurant in Hood River, 4100 Westcliff Drive.

Fishing derby Sept. 24

The 10th annual salmon and steelhead tournament in Wasco is Saturday, Sept. 24. Check in at Heritage Landing, on the mouth of the Deschutes River. Registration is from 5 to 8 a.m., fishing will take place in the Celilo pool of the Columbia River. Tournament fishing in the Deschutes River will not be allowed.

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Working, and growing, in the woods

Young crews trim trees, repair trails — and learn life skills

It’s been a busy couple of months for two teams of young adults planting trees and fixing trails in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Private land closures

Local timberland companies have closed throughout the region due to high fire danger. All company-owned lands in Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima, Hood River and Wasco Counties are closed until further notice. The closure affects all lands owned or managed by: Brought Lumber Company, Hancock Forest Management, Western Pacific Timber, Stevenson Land Company (SDS), Kreps Ranch, and Kreps Family LLC.

ODFW offers advice on avoiding bears

Wildlife managers urge residents in the John Day area to take steps to avoid bear conflicts this fall. Secure garbage and food waste, clean up fallen fruit around trees and don’t leave pet food outside.

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