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Stepping back in time at Youth Outdoor Day

CHRIS BAXTER / The Observer Maddie Seggerman of La Grande prepares to fire a muzzleloader at Youth Outdoor Day under the direction of Lyn Purvis of the Grande Ronde Muzzleloaders.
The line separating the past and present was temporarily blurred Saturday at Ladd Marsh.

Blurred by muzzleloader smoke, tomahawks and people who may know more about the 1800 to 1840 fur trade era than some do about the present.

Huge kokanee

RITA CAMPBELL photo Ron Campbell of Pendleton landed this 27 3/4-inch state record kokanee June 13 at about 5:30 a.m. at Wallowa Lake.
Salmon are puzzling aquatic creatures, but Wallowa Lake’s continuing run of record kokanee is not the stuff of mystery novels. 

Wallowa Lake is producing huge kokanee for a fundamental reason — mysis shrimp, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Bill Knox of Enterprise. Mysis shrimp were planted in the lake in the mid-1960s to give the kokanee more to feed on and increase their numbers.

Look for chinook action to pick up when rivers drop

These salmon will not be creating the Northwest-wide stir the three national record kokanee caught in Wallowa Lake over the past year are generating.

Still, soon they will be creating a buzz of excitement in Northeast Oregon.

Hunter orange- Should wearing it be voluntary or mandatory?

Oregon is just one of 10 states that does not have some type of mandatory orange law for hunters. Observer file photo
It is one of the most hotly debated questions the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has confronted in recent years.

Should Oregon hunters be required to wear orange?

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering making the wearing of hunter orange mandatory in Oregon beginning in 2011 to prevent vision related hunting mishaps.

Killdeer master at feigning broken wing

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.


Mild winter in Northeast Oregon points to solid hunting prospects

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.


Geocaching, started in Oregon, marks 10th anniverary

Read more...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 million.

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.’’

Catfish make presence known at Morgan Lake derby

Read more...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.

Access improved to Thief Valley Reservoir Dam

Anglers fish for trout along the banks of Thief Valley Reservoir.
Driving to Thief Valley Reservoir Dam to fish is now almost as easy as flipping open a spinning reel.

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.

Turkey tips for opening day

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 Memorial Library.

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