JOSEPH — I chose the killdeer as my bird of the month mostly because they are the most widely spread North American shorebird.
Killdeer can be found from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf of Mexico to a large part of Canada. Although a few killdeer can be seen in the northern states in winter, most of them migrate to the southern states.
When Old Man Winter delivers his most potent blows early, wildlife is less likely to go down for the count.
Such was the case this past winter.
Northeast Oregon experienced close to two weeks of snow and sub-freezing weather in mid to late December. A mild winter followed.
MEDFORD (AP) — A decade after the first geocache was stashed
outside the Oregon community of Beavercreek, enthusiasts of this
high-tech scavenger hunt have multiplied the game by more than a
Geocaching’s 10th anniversary couldn’t be observed without adding to the 1,049,636 active caches recorded worldwide.
Geocachers in southern Oregon have planted at least a half-dozen new
ones near Ruch alone to tempt participants in their Saturday
celebration at McKee Bridge, where the most prolific geocachers will be
honored and everyone can relive the best ‘’finds.’’
Tom Roe of La Grande remembers the years well.
The time when all Morgan Lake basically had was perch and catfish.
Lots of perch and catfish.
Driving to Thief Valley Reservoir Dam to fish is now almost as easy as flipping open a spinning reel.
Anglers fish for trout along the banks of Thief Valley Reservoir.
The 1.3-mile road to the dam, once often tougher to drive than reeling in a steelhead with light tackle, is dramatically better this spring.
Put down the television remote, take off that baseball cap, look upon snow as an opportunity and be on the lookout for elk.
Northeast Oregon hunters should embrace this advice as the turkey season April 15 opening day nears.
Knowledge-filled La Grande outdoorsmen Jim Ward and Phil Gillette
explained why during a April 1 turkey hunting seminar conducted by the
Union/Wallowa county chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association at Cook
ENTERPRISE — Wan Teece of Enterprise broke the state record for kokanee and possibly a national record at Wallowa Lake March 24.
8.23 pounds: Wan Teece caught her mammoth kokanee while trolling near the middle of Wallowa Lake using a Jack Lloyd blade, a Double-Whammy lure and two ounces of lead. Photo / Jack Teece, Alpine Exposures
The kokanee Teece caught weighed 8.23 pounds, was 26.25 inches in length with a girth of 16 inches.
“From what we currently know, this kokanee is the largest ever
caught in the United States,” said Bill Knox, assistant district fish
biologist with the ODFW in Enterprise. “Only the current world record
kokanee from Lake Okanogan in British Columbia is bigger.” (That fish
weighed 9 pounds 6 ounces.)
Turkey season opens April 15.
Chris Parsons, owner of Blue Mountain Taxidermy, shown here with a bobcat, also prepares turkeys. He is the only taxidermist in La Grande who works with turkeys. - DICK MASON/The Observer
It means an eagerly awaited day, a rite of spring, is on the horizon.
It also means that an unfortunate fact will soon come to light again — turkey hunters occasionally are a paradoxical lot.
MINAM — The atmosphere at the Big Canyon (steelhead) Facility two miles east of Minam is a little like a major college basketball arena the day before a big game.
Jason Thompson of Unity landed these steelhead earlier this week near Minam. Photo by Dick Mason
Light with activity but heavy with anticipation.
A small number of steelhead have returned to Big Canyon to date, but biologists expect steelhead to come pouring in over the next five weeks.
Close to 1,900 steelhead are expected to swim into the Big Canyon
Facility from now until April 15, the last day of steelhead season.
ENTERPRISE — The banner run of steelhead in Wallowa County rivers this year is a boon to area food banks.
When fish return to the Wallowa Fish Hatchery in Enterprise, much of
the surplus will be distributed to food banks in Wallowa, Union and
“The large bulk of the steelhead returning to the hatchery will be
in March, April and May,” said Ron Harrod, manager of the Wallowa Fish
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