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“A lot of times the first thing a guy will do is clamp down on the reel when a big fish starts to go. Don’t do that.” We were pointed east toward Minam and a little ribbon of water where the s…

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COVID-19 changes caused Oregon state parks officials to reconsider the camping reservations system. Now they want to hear from people who use the parks.

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BAKER CITY — Skiers and snowboarders rejoice: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort opens to season pass holders for the first turns of the season on Saturday, Nov. 28.

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You are never too old to learn. I thought I knew everything about smoking fish until a tiny girl with big blue eyes and soft curls in her auburn hair spit out a mouthful of mushed-up salmon in…

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Eight months after a bacterial illness was confirmed to be spreading through one of Baker County’s two herds of bighorn sheep, animals in the other herd are also getting sick and, in a few cas…

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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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“King of the woods.” Otherwise known as the ruffed grouse. I won’t go so far as to agree with those who believe ruffs are the king of all upland birds, yet I am yielding to this “king of the w…

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

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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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“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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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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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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WALLOWA COUNTY — Rocky Mountain elk have often been a controversial animal in Wallowa County, but one long-standing issue — the number of elk on Zumwalt Prairie’s private lands — has finally b…

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

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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…

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CHICAGO — Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon in which the subject effectively carries out actions directly opposed to his or her values, beliefs or ideas. Not quite an oxymoron…