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The first step onto a trail has a bit of magic in it, no matter how modest the measurement of a single stride.

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The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is proposing to increase fees at 28 campgrounds and to charge fees at 24 other recreation sites, most of them also campgrounds, that are free now. The chang…

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If the Woodley Rocks were in a national park, a paved trail would wind among the peculiar pinnacles and you’d hardly be able to get a photograph that didn’t include a couple of giggling kids w…

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We rounded the corner and suddenly the great peak, until that moment hidden by the rumpled topography, was straight ahead.

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At Bates State Park they don’t roll out the red carpet for you, but they do roll it up.

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“… ouzels seem to show excellent taste in their choice of surroundings.” — Charles Batchelder

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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently became aware the MyODFW app will not open on iPhones or iPads when the device is out of cell service or in airplane mode — users wil…

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In the Eagle Cap Wilderness, social distancing is better measured in miles than in feet.

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FILLMORE, Utah — Tonight, I’m writing my column at the last minute from my motel in Fillmore, Utah. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry, neither had I.

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Collapsing my tenkara rod, I reflected on the brilliant California golden trout I had just released back into the trickle of a mountain stream dropping from a series of high lakes in the Ansel…

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The word “Porcupine,” printed on the map in bold black letters, piqued my curiosity.

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“If I’d hesitated another moment I could have had a bear and T-bone steaks,” joked Oregon hunter Dan Turpin. It was opening day of deer season and he was hunting in the Ochocos.

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SALEM — Hunter education classes in Oregon have resumed with safety measures in place to protect students and volunteer instructors. For the time being, students can choose to take a conventio…

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For much of my life, the upper Umatilla River has served as a place of refuge. As a child, my parents drove our 1955 Mercury station wagon from Weston to the heart of the Umatilla Indian Reser…

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Not long ago I was hiking up a timbered slope in the Wallowas to a big field of talus I’d noticed on satellite imagery. “Ground-truthing,” you might say, something I often do when I spot an in…

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The Pacific Northwest is uniquely wonderful, in no small part because it actually has seasons. Now, fall has long been my favorite season and even though it marks the end of my unfettered play…

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The first two of this week’s plants are about 4 to 6 feet in height and growing in wet soil along the southbound Interstate 84 exit ramp to the Mt. Emily road. The other two plants are bloomin…

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“Any day catching wild trout on the fly is a good day,” I said to my buddy Derek as we traversed a bedrock cascade on one of our favorite mountain trout streams. It had been a couple years sin…

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I own a device which will, with an immensely satisfying and sizzling crack, reduce a mosquito to its constituent atoms.

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Oregon wildlife officials are considering making the biggest change to archery hunting rules in Eastern Oregon in about 40 years.

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“Lay the fly on the water. Strip line out. That’s right. Now shake the rod tip.”

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Last week, I drove from Interstate 84 to Ukiah and back north over Battle Mountain, with short side trips. The weather was perfect. Many plants in that area are at their peak of blooming. The …

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PENDLETON — Angling for early season stream trout and hunting spring mushrooms are two activities I look forward to.

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The flowers selected for this week’s article display the colors of our flag — red, white and blue — and all three plants are native to the United States. All three are still blooming at middle…