Author: Kevin Naze

Solid Participation In Backyard Bird Count

Nearly 10,000 people in Oregon and Washington submitted checklists in the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19. Participants have until March 1 to report what they saw, but the numbers aren’t expected to change much. As of earlier this week, organizers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon and Birds[Read More…]

New Leadership In Marine Reserves Program

Dr. Sarah Klain, the Oregon Marine Reserves Program’s new human dimensions project leader, began her career 21 years ago interviewing commercial fishermen before the reserves had even been established. A former Utah State University professor of ecosystem services, Klain will be focused on if and how marine reserves have impacted[Read More…]

Free Fishing Weekend Friday & Saturday

Oregon’s winter Free Fishing Weekend is Feb. 17-18, with no licenses or tags needed to fish, clam or crab. All other regulations apply. The middle Rogue River has been decent for winter steelhead, and Fish Lake and Lost Creek Reservoir have been producing some stocked spring Chinook. If you’re a[Read More…]

Oregon Conservation Fund Provides Grants

Oregon’s Conservation & Recreation Fund has provided more than $5 million in grants to 140 projects since being formed four years ago. The fund is a way for Oregonians to support projects that protect and enhance species and habitats identified in the Conservation Strategy and to create new opportunities for[Read More…]

Are Hunters And Shooters Still Relevant?

Dan Forster of the Archery Trade Association wrote an opinion piece recently asking if our collective hunting and shooting community is still relevant in today’s society. Of course we are, right? Well, Forster said it’s vital for hunters and shooters to stay attuned to local, state, and national political issues[Read More…]

Last Chance To Report Big Game Hunts

If recent years are a good indication, about one of every five hunters who bought a big game hunting tag last year will be charged a $25 dollar fee because they didn’t report their hunt by Jan. 31. Why wait? This is your last week to report. Those who do[Read More…]

Millions Being Poured Into Oregon River

With $27 million in funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is supporting four major projects to bring threatened salmon and trout species. The millions of dollars from the Office of Habitat Conservation will be used in efforts to restore threatened[Read More…]

Record Angler Effort Closes Sturgeon Retention

Ideal weather and water conditions led to record angler effort in The Dalles and Bonneville Pools New Year’s Day, effectively closing sturgeon retention. Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington closed sturgeon retention in those areas at the end of the day last Wednesday. They had planned to use a three-day-a[Read More…]

How Long Before All States Manage Wolves?

The Boone and Crockett Club’s position statement last month supporting delisting of recovered wolf and grizzly bear populations is just one of many voices calling for changes. “Keeping species at no risk of extinction listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) misuses the ESA, wastes the resources of the ESA[Read More…]