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Coastal habitat offers hunters a place to pursue fowl (1)

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 (2)

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 (3)

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 (4)

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 (5)

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 (6)

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 (7)

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 (8)

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 (9)

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 (10)

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 (11)

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 (12)

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 (13)

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 (14)

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 (15)

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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Golf: Historic Roseburg Country Club holds up (16)

September 5, 2014 — 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth story of a series on central Douglas County’s golf courses Roseburg Country Club, the oldest golf course in central Douglas County, offered a picturesque …

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Cyclist finds cruising the river comforting (17)

September 2, 2014 — 

At dawn, in mild 65 degree weather, a group of six bicyclists gathered at the rim of the crater in Crater Lake National Park. Ron Hilbert is turning 70 and …

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PRA: Riley Watson wins West Coast Modified Shootout (18)

August 31, 2014 — 

Riley Watson won the West Coast Modified Shootout race at Douglas County Speedway Saturday night, ahead of Herman Pullyer and Guy Young. Watson leads the modifieds point standings this year. …

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Richard Hikes: Nevada’s Great Basin offers some grand views (19)

August 24, 2014 — 

Our plans for a Lassen Volcanic National Park weeklong hike-fest literally went up in smoke. A really big tower of smoke, to be more precise. After two hours of driving …

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Golf: Roseburg’s Stewart Park course thriving again (20)

August 21, 2014 — 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third story of a series on central Douglas County’s golf courses. At the start of 2013, morale wasn’t good among the players regarding the management …

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