If you ever come upon a clean campsite in the woods, you might have “Billy Yoté” to thank. Yoté spent the day after Memorial Day scouring six campsites, a passel of large garbage bags in tow. He filled about four of them full of trash, from dirty diapers to pizza boxes. One of the six sites was clean. “Yoté” isn’t Yote’s real name: He’s a lifelong resident of Wasco County who loves the woods but doesn’t think much of publicity. He merely made the mistake of chatting with a reporter Tuesday and sharing his day’s activities.
Like it or not, warm weather has arrived in North Central Oregon, and with the hot temperatures of summer comes comes the increased likelihood that you will come in contact with ticks. Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne infections: DEET, showers, and tick checks can help stop ticks.
The northern pikeminnow bounty fishery got underway in a big way this year, with 7,523 fish caught in The Dalles area during the first full week of fishing, according to data provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. In the John Day Dam area, 823 fish were caught in the same time period.
SALEM — Controlled hunts or one of Oregon’s new Premium Hunts have a deadline set by Sunday, May 15. Apply online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses, or by mail/fax order. The cost is $8 per application and hunters need a 2016 annual hunting license to apply. Last year, more than half of the 407,402 applications were submitted in the last week before the deadline, including nearly 66,000 on deadline day. “The deadline falls on a Sunday this year, which is a good reason to get your application in early,” said Deanna Erickson, ODFW license sales manager. ‘ ODFW offices will be closed on May 15 and license sale agents may also be open fewer hours or closed on a Sunday.” Hunters can also apply online until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 15. Erickson also urged hunters to avoid common mistakes on applications on other aspects of hunting certifications “Double check your hunt number against the 2016 Big Game Regulations, and make sure your party leader number is correct,” she said. “And before you walk out of the store or ODFW office, check your application to be sure it’s correct.” ODFW limits the number of tags for some hunts (all rifle deer and most rifle elk hunting in eastern Oregon, plus all pronghorn, Rocky Mtn goat and bighorn sheep hunting) to fairly distribute tags and control hunting pressure. Hunters who apply for a deer, elk or pronghorn tag and don’t draw their first choice receive a preference point for that hunt series, which increases chances the next year. Call Michelle Dennehy at 503-947-6022 for info.
CLACKAMAS – Salmon fishermen will get an additional two days of spring Chinook fishing in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam. Fishery managers today extended the current spring Chinook season through Sunday, May 8, after reviewing catch to-date indicating an estimated 300 upriver fish remain on the harvest guideline for the Columbia above Bonneville.
The Memaloose Hills have become one of Janet’s and my favorite places to enjoy nature’s wonderful wildflower shows. The hiking trails are user friendly, never too crowded and the variety of flowers almost endless. And to add another plumb to the pudding the forest service has mapped out a 6.5 miles loop hike that starts at Memaloose rest stop on the east bound lane of I-84; just three miles east of Mosier, Oregon.
Known commonly as Mule’s Ears and balsamroot, the bright yellow flowers turning the hills along the gorge yellow are made up of three related species. The blooms pictured above were photographed along Mill Creek Road.
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Still sluggish from cool spring temperatures, a Western Fence Lizard warms up on a stone in rural Wasco County. Are you exploring the gorge during Spring Break? Send your photograph to TDCphoto@thedalleschronicle.com and we will share it with our readers.
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did my first alpine downhill ski run in 1949 and my wife Janet followed those tracks in 1964. That, my friends, is a combined 117 years skiing everywhere from Pocatello, Idaho’s Pebble Basin Ski Area to Heavenly Valley, in California.
A watchful hawk perches Thursday on a “No hunting or trespassing” sign in Dallesport. Hawks and bald eagles are in evidence all along the river as the winter migration draws them into and through the gorge and Eastern Oregon.
Will Hearn of Stevenson, Wash., hovers over his pole as a fish nudges bait while he was fishing for sturgeon off rocks in Dallesport. He and his friend Greg Walker had been at the site since morning and caught two small fish. The Dalles pool is currently open for retention of sturgeon 38 to 54 inches in length. "You'd be amazed how many 36 inch fish we catch," Hearn laughed. "It's idyllic to come up here, It's always raining in Stevenson," he said.
Once again it is time for The Trailheads annual gift list for anyone loving to be in the forest: Nordic Skiers, fishermen, hunters and hikers. In the past I have based this list around the 10 Essentials everyone should have in their backpack. But first lets take a closer look at why we need to carry the 10 Essentials: The “Rule of Three.” The rule of three is a simple rule to let us know what our priorities are in extreme outdoor emergency.
I first wrote about Janet’s and my quest to find Upper Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday, April 27, 2014. I wrote about finding an article about the highest year-round waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. I had heard of most of the larger falls but one waterfall stopped me in my tracks; Upper Bridal Veil Falls.