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Plenty of outdoors options in Idaho in 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It’s fun to explore places in Idaho on a whim, but some of the best trips come with planning. Those backcountry getaways or extended river trips may need permits or partners.

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Steelhead options for the New Year

Winter fishing can be a test of your will and dedication to the sport.

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Historic Central Oregon canals worth a wander

BEND (AP) — A few weeks ago — and in much warmer weather — my husband and I set out to explore a new-to-us nature spot called Cline Buttes Recreation Area. We wanted to explore a particular section of Cline Buttes, dedicated to preserving historic canals. Due to some confusing signs and probably a bit of user error, we started on the wrong path and never stepped foot on the trails of the historic canal area.

States set winter sturgeon season in Bonneville Pool

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted a split-season management structure for the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams in 2014. The winter sturgeon season in this area was set for seven days a week from Jan. 1 through Jan. 19 in hopes of opening a summer sturgeon retention season in June, provided enough of the 1,100 fish annual guideline remains for an additional fishery at that time.

Marine Zone fishing report, Dec. 7

BOTTOM FISHING Lingcod fishing was good out of Garibaldi with near limits. Elsewhere on the coast the average catch was one ling for every two anglers. Catches of rockfish were good in the south and south central coast with near limits. From Newport north, catches were about half that. Bottom fishing is good when conditions permit. Fishing for groundfish is now open at all depths.

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Boise River shows hopeful signs after wildfires

Anglers remain concerned

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An elk hunt for the ages

On a recent trip, Nathan Morris bags his prize

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Ducks Unlimited wins 2013 “Call ‘Em In” Award

The Gorge Chapter Ducks Unlimited received the 2013 “Call ‘Em In” award at the recent Oregon Ducks Unlimited State Convention for having more than 60 percent of their fundraising banquet attendees return from the previous year.

Penalty imposed for non-reporting hunters

Proposed plan will start statewide on Dec. 1

Research offers clues on juvenile salmon behavior when entering ocean

Basic ocean conditions such as current directions and water temperature play a huge role in determining the behavior of young migrating salmon as they move from rivers and hit ocean waters for the first time, according to new research.

Sea lion predation of salmon increases

Steller sea lion consumption of spawning salmon and steelhead in the waters below the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam continued its upward trend during the late winter-spring of 2013, according to a year-end report prepared by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research team.

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Hunter stations provide valuable information

DEER PARK, Wash. — It wasn't clear last month why some hunters were driving past the highway check station marked by big fluorescent orange signs while others willingly stopped and shared the information of their hunt with Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists.

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Hiking the Timberline

Corvallis reporter fulfills dream hike

Boat owners encouraged to register online

Boaters with registration decals that expire on Dec. 31, 2013 will soon be getting courtesy registration renewal notices in the mail.

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Century-old dam demolished

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Workers are removing a dam that began when, more than a century ago, a Central Oregon homesteader dumped rocks and logs into a river to divert water to his pasture.


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