How will federal government shutdown affect hunting? It is ODFW’s understanding that national forests and BLM land are open to hunters, but developed campgrounds on these lands are closed and all other services are unavailable. available. Federal refuges are closed to hunting and all other activities according to a FAQ on their website.
Local wildlife expert, biologist and author, Bill Weiler, will give a presentation on Wildlife in the Gorge Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., at The Dalles/Wasco County Library.
Patrick Cummings of The Dalles used his best skills of persuasion on his wife, Amanda, when he convinced her to take another pass Sept. 18 at the mouth of the Deschutes River.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to reduce the high rate of advanced-stage colon cancer in the area with an unusual show-and-tell for businesses and organizations.
SALEM — Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.
CONDON — Cottonwood Canyon State Park, along the John Day River on Highway 206 between Condon and Wasco, will open for the first time Saturday, Sept. 28. The roughly 8,000 acre park includes a small, primitive campground, picnic area, and trails.
The seventh annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 28, with men, women and youth registering at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes River between 5 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
PORTLAND — If you ate a Willamette Valley-grown tomato or pepper before the mid-’90s, there’s a good chance it was pollinated by the western bumblebee. The inch-long, white-bottomed bee — which you’d also have to thank for countless wildflowers — was one of the most common pollinators in the west. But around 15 years ago, they mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascades.
Student brand represents the ‘rawness’ of the area Rugged, open and wild. Those are a few of the words students from Gilliam and Sherman counties used to describe Cottonwood Canyon State Park. And that is what inspired their branding of the place. Park gates are slated to open Sept. 25 to the public, revealing access to 14 miles of riverfront on the John Day and 7,800 acres to explore.
Cousins trade four hoofs for two wheels in bucket list trek
Cousins Jack Chambers and Nick Roach wanted to do an epic road trip while they were young, so, as Nick so eloquently put it, “our children wouldn’t think we were pansies.”
Record-smashing numbers of Chinook salmon are heading up the Columbia River and may continue for several more days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sept. 12.
Things to change for the fall season
Biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are urging anglers to take extra precautions when catching and releasing trout on the Owyhee River. According to Shannon Hurn, ODFW fish biologist in Hines, water conditions in the river are low and declining, due in part to limited water releases from Owyhee Reservoir. The reservoir is currently at 6 percent of full and releases into the river have dropped to 99 cubic feet per second. Releases into the river normally average 150 to 200 cfs this time of year.
SALEM, Ore.— Oregon’s snakes are plagued by misconceptions, which often leads to them being killed for no other reason than the fact they are present. To help conserve our native snakes, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has created two new fact sheets. One is a comprehensive flyer that provides photos and information about each of the 15 species of snakes that live in the state and advice on preventing and addressing conflicts. The other, S-s-s-s-s-snakes! , is designed for kids to learn more about these fascinating, ecologically important animals.
Salem, Ore. -- A seven-member citizen working group organized by Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife will meet to review spring chinook harvest and allocation at a public meeting in The Dalles, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 16.
SALEM, Ore. – Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays will open beginning Sept. 15, marking the fifth year in a row coastal rivers will open to the harvest of wild fish. This year 13 river systems on Oregon’s coast will be open for wild coho harvest, and for the first time in recent years many will open without quotas and in-season management.
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