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Roseburg man hooked on derby and fish (1)

January 25, 2015 — 

Fish and fishing, the Umpqua River Basin, education, water safety — these are all important to Dave Loomis. They are also important to the mission of the Umpqua Fishery Enhancement …

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Richard Hikes: Rain and sand highlight coastal hike (2)

January 18, 2015 — 

It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and Noah built an ark and floated to Turkey. Given the context of the arid and dry Middle East, the deluge was …

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Audubon Society raptor trip set (3)

January 14, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society hosts its annual Raptor Field Trip, formerly the Raptor Run, next week around Douglas County. Master birders Dale and Elva Paulson will lead the trip …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Troopers appreciate hunters’ behavior; remember to purchase 2015 licenses, tags (4)

December 28, 2014 — 

Looking back on this past hunting season I was pleasantly surprised. We had a significant change in Weyerhaeuser’s access policy that worked very smoothly. The Roseburg office of the Oregon …

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Umpqua Valley Audubon to host birding trip to Ford’s Pond (5)

December 27, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society is hosting a birding trip to Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin on Jan. 10. It will be part of a series of birding trips at one …

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Coastal habitat offers hunters a place to pursue fowl (6)

December 7, 2014 — 

Central Douglas County has a lot to offer to deer, elk and turkey hunters. Our local waterfowl hunters, however, have somewhat limited options. Except for the occasional pond and some …

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Richard Hikes: Singin’ and hikin’ in the coastal rain (7)

December 1, 2014 — 

Let it be known that on a recent hike at Cape Perpetua by Mrs. O’Neill and me, there was no singing or dancing involved. There was lots of rain-o-beautiful-rain though …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: November brings last hunting chances and cautious driving (8)

November 9, 2014 — 

Here we are in November already. In the wildlife world, November signifies the last chance for the major elk seasons. In the driving world it means extra caution for the …

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On The Move: Trippin’ through the Trinity Alps (9)

November 9, 2014 — 

“Don’t worry about the rattlesnakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness,” a California friend reassured us. “It is too hot for them in July and August, they hibernate (aestivate).” Too hot …

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Mudders: Roseburg pair prepares for competition in Las Vegas (10)

October 26, 2014 — 

Greg Kovach’s day starts at 5 a.m., when he jumps into his cold pool, followed by a six mile run — up and down Rocky Ridge five times. Throughout the …

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Pregnant Roseburg resident fills bighorn sheep tag (11)

October 26, 2014 — 

My wife Brooke Hunt had plenty to celebrate back in June. Her name was drawn for a bighorn sheep hunting tag for the West Deschutes Unit which encompasses the lower …

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Richard Hikes: Finding Waldo in the middle of a burn (12)

October 12, 2014 — 

In 1996. the Charlton Burn swept west from namesake Charlton Butte, intent on burning its merry way down the Willamette River to Eugene. Some would say that would be a …

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Thoughts From Your Trooper: Weather conditions may affect early deer season successes (13)

October 5, 2014 — 

As I compose this article, I hope that it is in vain. I am hoping for more rain for this upcoming Western Oregon deer hunting rifle season. Right now though, …

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Hunting Tales: Roseburg couple remembers best hunting year ever (14)

September 28, 2014 — 

I was sitting around a lunch table the other day, chatting about the upcoming hunting season with friends, listening to the best-of-the-best tales of the hunt when someone asked, “Jerry, …

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Hunting: Boys fill buck tags on opening day (15)

September 21, 2014 — 

At 4:50 Saturday morning, I poked my head into Jack and Clay’s bedrooms and said “Hey boys, do you want to wake up?” They both sprang from their beds and …

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Hunting: Mentor program gives kids an early shot at hunting (16)

September 21, 2014 — 

OAKLAND — Not too many years ago, Brooke Edmonson was playing in the dirt, pine needles and bark around a stump, passing the morning hours while her grandmother sat, waiting …

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Hunting: Oregon deer and elk seasons get a late start (17)

September 20, 2014 — 

The start date for hunting season bodes well for deer and elk hunters this year. Most season dates are based on the deer rifle opener, which is always the Saturday …

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Auto Racing: Matt Hein savors third NSRA season championship (18)

September 19, 2014 — 

It’s not how you start, but how you finish. That was the case for Roseburg driver Matt Hein, who struggled early in the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association season but found …

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A mountain-high experience in the Wallowas (19)

September 14, 2014 — 

“Grant,” I asked the 15-year-old who was climbing the 9,826-foot Matterhorn in northeast Oregon with us, “How come you never complain?” He cheerily replied, “I am too busy trying to …

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Ranger Randy Menke spent 20 years maintaining the North Umpqua Trail (20)

September 8, 2014 — 

As long as there has been a North Umpqua River, it has swollen with spring snowmelt every year and struck the same bank near Toketee with fury. When it came …

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