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Youth pheasant hunts coming to Tygh Valley

Young hunters, ages 17 and under, are invited to sign up now for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

Boat safety tips for eclipse event

Are you planning to be on the water for the eclipse? The Oregon State Marine Board, marine law enforcement and boating facility providers offer boating safety tips so everyone can have an unforgettable time on the water.

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Night Visitor

When Denise Ellis set up a trail camera in her backyard, she was hoping to catch photographs of raccoons at her fountain. Instead the camera, which is triggered automatically by heat and motion, caught this image of an owl visiting the fountain during the night.

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Free pheasant hunts open

SALEM — Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state, including Tygh Valley, in September.

Fishermen encouraged to use ‘best practices’

CLACKAMAS – Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

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'King of the Beetles'

Ken Hansen puts thousands of flesh-eating beetles to work cleaning hunting trophies

The idea of beetles stripping flesh from bones sounds like the plot of a horror movie but, in the case of a Lyle business, it is how beautiful pieces of art are created.

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High Speed Visitor

Costa's Hummingbird, common in Southwest deserts, and an uncommon visitor to Oregon, perches near a feeder in Wasco County.

Outbreak sickens local deer herds

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are seeing an outbreak of Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease (AHD) in a local deer herd in The Dalles and ask that residents do not feed the animals and bury, or take to the landfill, any carcasses they find on their property.

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Spring Beauty

A fawn peers at a photographer between the legs of its momma in this image captured by Scott McMullen recently on Sevenmile Hill.

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Sportsmen: Share your tallest tales

Hunters and anglers are invited to submit best catch and trophy photos for the Brag Board in the 2017 outdoor sports publication that is coming in July, as well as stories. This year the Chronicle has teamed with up with the Hood River News to widen the distribution of The Gorge Sportsman, formerly known in The Dalles as Hooks & Horns.

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Taking Flight

A butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, in which it spent the winter hanging from a weeping willow tree in Wasco County, before taking flight and landing in a nearby poplar tree.

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Fence Diner

A scrub jay, left, prepares to feed a juvenile jay perched on a neighborhood fence.

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Agency urges holiday safety

PORTLAND — Memorial Day weekend typically marks the beginning of summer recreation season in the Pacific Northwest. While the nation pauses to remember its fallen service members on Monday, May 29, many Americans will also spend this weekend enjoying their freedom by visiting national forests, parks, wild and scenic rivers, and grasslands.

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Purple Reign

Purple lupine flowers enjoy the recent sunshine on a hillside near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint.

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Skip's Trailhead: Desert has much to offer the adventurer

Desert has much to offer the adventurer

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