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Don’t overlook physical conditioning when preparing for hunting season

Before that crisp fall air shows up in the mornings, hunters all over Evhastern Oregon need to be getting ready for those early treks into the woods.

Outlook for elk is strong

 If you have a hunting tag for a deer or elk season in Wallowa County this fall, Mike Hansen probably would call you lucky.

Archery season approaches

Hunters can expect increased elk numbers in Eastern Oregon units this fall, according to ODFW reports. Archery season starts Aug. 24 and runs through Sept. 22. (ODFW photo)

Hunters prepare for the start of elk, deer seasons in Eastern Oregon

The forests in Union County are about to get a lot busier in the coming weeks. Archery season is set to start in Eastern Oregon Aug. 24 and, running through Sept. 22.

Personal flotation devices key to water safety

Bi-Mart employee Margy Tucker demonstrates the membrane inflatable technology involved in one life vest option designed to automatically self-inflate when the vest is submerged in water via an attached CO2 cartridge. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)

Tragedy struck Jubilee Lake, which is 19 miles north of Elgin, on July 21 when Jeffrey Anspach, 51, of Walla Walla, Wash., drowned after a canoe he was in capsized.

Bountiful black bears

Black bear season can be slow in early August, but as the season progresses the action will start to pick up. (Jim Ward photo)

Another strong fall black bear season is expected in N.E. Oregon 

With the arrival of August, comes the arrival of fall hunting season. The fall black bear season started Thursday and runs through Nov. 31 in Eastern Oregon units. Units in Western Oregon and Southwest Oregon go until Dec. 31.

Never too young to start

Cylie Lagao, 11, of Baker City has already won the Oregon Bowhunters’ annual Triple Crown challenge. Lagao won the first leg in Bend in February, the second leg held at Sherwood in June and the 3-D shoot held at Eagle Point. (Courtesy photo)

Baker City archer making name for herself at early age 

BAKER CITY — The first time Cylie Lagao hefted a bow, pulled back the string and felt that distinctive twang tingle in her fingers as the arrow flew, she was hooked.

Getting in the saddle

Jaci Weishaar, left, instructs student Sierra Upshaw during a horse-riding lesson Wednesday at Victory Acres Farm in La Grande. Weishaar has operated Victory Acres for the past six years and offers lessons to beginners and experienced riders. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)

Her motto is simple. “Live your dreams.”

And that’s exactly what Jaci Weishaar is helping people do.

Conquering McKinley

Mt. McKinley has a summit elevation of 20,320 feet. At some 18,000 feet, the base-to-peak rise is considered the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level. (Courtesy photo)

Local climbers summit North America’s highest peak 

There’s an old saying that states every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.

Hiking an Eastern Oregon gem

The North Fork John Day trail never strays far from its namesake river. The wilderness trail is lined with wildflowers. (Lisa Britton/WesCom News Service)

The North Fork of John Day offers trails for hikers of all skill levels 

If you relish the poetic silence of the forest primeval, the North Fork John Day trail might disappoint, and perhaps even annoy, you.

There’s plenty of forest, to be sure.

Trekking the Zumwalt

Panels are used to inform hikers about the trail and things to look for along the routes. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Open vistas, wildlife draw hikers to grassland preserve near Enterprise 

The Zumwalt Prairie is bursting with spring wildflowers and bumble bees under azure skies dotted with cotton ball clouds.

The 33,000-acre preserve surrounded by working ranchland is a testament to both the natural ecosystem of the prairie and its ability to sustain creatures as large as elk, as small as insects, and the interconnected web of flora and fauna.

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