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Some of our hunting trips are intense. You get up two hours before daylight, slam down a fast breakfast and hike up a mountain so you can be in your secret spot before the elk start moving. Yo…

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The death toll in deer in Baker Valley from a disease spread by midges has risen to 36 in less than a month.

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Down into the dry canyon and past the spring where the little stream began. Liesl, my pudelpointer, quartered back and forth. She crashed down through the alders, through a patch of brush then…

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For a lot of people out there it is all doom and gloom. School started back up. Sleepy headed kids who have been staying up until midnight are suddenly getting jerked out of bed at ungodly hou…

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The morning chill hinted of autumn. An abrupt change of season seemed unlikely, however, after two weeks of 100-degree temperatures. Yesterday’s brief rainfall — the first in over two months —…

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FORT STOCKTON, Texas— Few states have the accepted reputation of independence quite like the great state of Texas. After all, it was the only U.S. state to exist as its own nation before joini…

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I know that I’m totally blessed. I get to hunt and fish all of the time. But my most fun trip of the year is when I go backpacking with my daughter. It’s just her and me with no distractions. …

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Baker High School alumnus Jason Hardrath has climbed his way into Pacific Northwest mountaineering history by scaling all of Washington’s 100 tallest peaks in 50 days, 23 hours, 43 minutes.

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PHILLIPS RESERVOIR — A brisk wind that feels more like October than August is whipping up whitecaps and pushing the two lengths of fishing line into curves, but the Foersterling brothers are u…

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Although I have on occasion been asked, while hiking in the mountains, where I’m heading, I have never been confused with Dr. Livingstone, the Scottish physician whose name is forever linked t…

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SALEM — Hunters 17 and younger can sign up for free pheasant hunts happening around the state this fall, including events near La Grande, Irrigon, Ontario and the John Day Valley.

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The lemon shark is not the sportiest shark, and this was a pregnant female, which probably kept me from passing out. It measured 9-10 feet long and weighed about 350 pounds. It is my largest f…

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This dude snapped Dom’s rod. It was my fault for not loosening the drag more, given that it was facing away from the fish. This was the most beautiful shark I’ve ever caught, if that’s any con…

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My sandbar shark. A new species and (briefly) my largest fish ever at 7 feet long and about 150 pounds.

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If you’re a fly-fisherman, think back on your first trout on the fly. Can you remember it? Turns out I cannot, but I do recall my teenage years spent trying to crack the code on mountain brook…

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The popularity of bicycling on gravel roads is on the rise, and a couple who founded a website dedicated to the topic plan to add 35 new routes around Baker County and Northeastern Oregon to t…

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OK, it’s pretty simple. You only have X amount of dollars you can blow. The more you scrimp, the more outdoor adventures you can partake in. Right? So, this week let’s go little deeper than we…

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One of our springtime traditions is to hunt sage rats (a.k.a. Belding’s ground squirrels) in the alfalfa and orchard grass fields near places like Enterprise, Summer Lake, Bonanza and Crane.

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SALEM — Staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will present proposed changes to 2022 hunting seasons, and answer hunters’ questions, during a series of local meetings sch…

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BAKER CITY — Due to the increasing fire danger, chain saw use is banned, and campfires, woodstoves and charcoal briquette fires are allowed only in campgrounds and other designated recreation …

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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has enacted emergency fishing regulations, as of July 1, to protect salmon, steelhead, trout and sturgeon that are at risk due to seve…

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I wedged my right hand into a crevice in the sedimentary stone and hauled myself up the final few feet to the summit of the great peak.

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The first drop of rain plunked the sidewalk with a splat I could hear despite the two earbuds jutting from the sides of my head, the plastic appendages of the urban pedestrian addicted to podcasts.

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There was a big problem on the trail at BC Creek, on the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness near Wallowa Lake.