Stalking big game in the Coast Range mountains or casting for salmon on the Umpqua River, Jody Smith is most comfortable working in the outdoors. The timbered forests, the oak savannahs, the rolling green waters — that’s where Smith works as a hunting and fishing guide. The sixth-generation Elkton resident began part-time guiding in 1984 while working in road construction and logging, but went full-time in the outdoors profession in 1992. “It’s actually a perfect job for somebody like me, for somebody who thinks about hunting and fishing all the time,” Smith said. “As a kid growing up, I was …
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