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Aiming for the heart

Issac Jergens, left, and Brody Hanson, both of La Grande, prepare to fire at targets at the Centershot range Monday evening at Valley Fellowship. CHRIS BAXTER - The Observer

Eight-week program teaches local youths about archery, spirituality

Arrows travel a bit slower than normal on Monday nights at this indoor range, but words of wisdom, encouragement and spirituality cascade like a waterfall. 

Introducing the Centershot program and its range at Valley Fellowship across from Pioneer Park. The range, set up on Monday evenings, is a key element of Centershot, an eight-week program through which boys, girls and adults are taught about the sport of archery while learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Fishing Report for October 26, 2012

Reaching new heights

Jerry Isaak is in his second year as the coordinator of the EOU Outdoor Program. Isaak is the first full time professional coordinator in the programís history.

Eastern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program makes strides under its first full-time professional coordinator 

Eighteen months ago Jerry Isaak traded easy access to the Scottish Highlands for the opportunity to be an hour from the Elkhorns and the Wallowas … and for a chance to make history at Eastern Oregon University.

Isaak left Scotland, where he was a graduate student at Edinburgh University, to take a position at EOU as the full-time coordinator of its Outdoor Program. He became the first full-time professional coordinator the program has had since it was founded in the early 1970s. 

Hunting Report for October 26, 2012


Viewing Report for October 19, 2012

Digging through heavy soil and rock for room and board everyday can be exhaustive and rather harsh on one's toenails. Pedicures are very expensive. That's why Barney the badger was s-o-o happy to find a pre-made home in the form of an old road culvert. Badgers can be found throughout Northeast Oregon, but they move mostly at night. Their burrows can be a menace to ranchers and farmers, but they do prey heavily on ground squirrels and other noxious rodents. JIM WARD photo

Fishing Report for October 19, 2012

Hunting Report for October 19, 2012

According to Brian Ratliff, with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, chuckar populations in Northeast Oregon are similar to last year - with good hunting predicted. Hungarian partridge numbers seem to be increasing over the last few years. Chukars were first successfully released to Oregon habitats in 1951. The birds are native to many parts of Asia. Chukars are the national bird of Pakistan and, due to their pugnacious demeanor, are often used in that country for fighting in place of roosters. The chukar season will run through Jan. 31. JIM WARD photo


Summer on skis

Bern Anderes, a freshman at Union High School, has been a competitive alpine skier for about 10 years. DICK MASON - The Observer

15-year-old competitive alpine racer from La Grande strengthens his skiing skills with six-days-a- week workouts on Mount Hood’s Palmer Snowfield 

The summer of 2012 will be remembered by Bern Anderes of La Grande as one of the best winters of his life. 

Viewing Report for October 15, 2012


Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: Wildlife viewers and anglers need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s expanded Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program.

Tule Lake Public Access Area and the Auto Route are closed for the season. Tule Lake Public Access Area will be open to foot traffic only Sat., Sun., Wed. and holidays during the pheasant and waterfowl seasons.  

The Glass Hill Unit is open to public access for foot traffic only. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area. 

Dogs are not permitted within the wildlife area, on or off leash except during authorized hunting seasons. There are numerous quality-viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area. Binoculars or a spotting scope will help as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

Hot, dry weather has reduced most wetlands and dried many up completely. As a consequence, waterfowl use of the area is minimal. Most shorebirds have left the area as they continue their migration south.

For more information on access rules for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, please consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations or call the wildlife area at 541-963-4954.



Herons are common and can be observed throughout the Wallowa Valley feeding along creeks and rivers.

Waterfowl species such as Canada geese and mallards can be observed on Wallowa Lake and throughout the Wallowa Valley feeding in agricultural fields.

Prairie falcon, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier and Swainson’s and Ferruginous hawks, as well as a variety of owls can be observed throughout Wallowa Valley and Zumwalt Prairie. Most raptors can be easily observed from county roads. A good pair of binoculars will improve viewing opportunities.

A wide variety of songbirds can be observed from now through the summer in forested areas north of Enterprise, and along rivers and streams throughout Wallowa County.

Mule and white-tailed deer are common in agricultural areas adjacent to Highway 82. Animals can be observed during early morning and late evening hours.

Persons willing to drive down the rough Imnaha River Road will often observe bighorn sheep north of Cow Creek near Cactus Mountain.

 Elk can often be observed along the Zumwalt Road near Findley Buttes. Another good location to observe elk during winter months is on the Wenaha Wildlife Area near Troy. A good place to look is along the Eden Bench Road during early morning or late afternoon hours. 

Fishing Report for October 12, 2012


Weekend fishing opportunities

Fishing for smallmouth bass and channel catfish is good on the John Day River.

Steelhead fishing is starting to pick up on the Grande Ronde River; trout fishing also has improved with the onset of cooler temperatures.

October is a great month to fish the Wallowa River for trout and whitefish

Peach (Ladd Marsh) and Roulet Ponds have been stocked with rainbows for a fall fishing opportunity.

Coho, jack fall chinook and summer steelhead fishing has been good in the lower Umatilla River.

Cooler mornings have revitalized the trout fishing on the Wallowa River.

 Morgan Lake has been stocked with 400 trophy rainbow trout for additional opportunity through Oct. 31.

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