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General Discussion / Payton Manning retires
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:21:05 AM »
Payton Manning retires

ESPN Chris Mortensen

Bronco announcement Monday

Wolves / OR: No plans for sport hunting Oregon’s wolves
« on: November 23, 2015, 03:20:47 PM »
For the past six years in Idaho and Montana, gray wolves have been both predator and prey.

Beginning in 2009, both states opened a hunting and trapping season to the public that averages 277 wolves harvested in Idaho and 180 taken in Montana each full season.

There is no plan to follow suit in Oregon, however, despite removal of wolves from state Endangered Species Act protection earlier this month.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stressed that even as the wolf population grows and expands, Oregon’s Wolf Plan offers no option for sport hunting or trapping in the foreseeable future.

Oregon has a known population of 82 wolves, while Idaho has 770 and Montana has 554.

There have been many comments on social media sites expressing confusion about whether sport hunting wolves is allowed, or will be allowed, now that wolves are delisted in Oregon.

Wolves removed from state Endangered Species Act protection

“There is no general season sport hunting envisioned in any phase of the Wolf Plan, period,” fish and wildlife spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said. “Allowing that would require a change to the (Wolf Plan) and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission didn’t indicate they want to make big changes.”

What delisting does allow is the possibility of a controlled take — hunting and killing wolves by ODFW staff — in situations where a pack chronically attacks livestock or causes a decline in game populations of deer and elk.

That could happen in northeast Oregon as early as January of 2017, when wolves reach Phase 3 under the Wolf Plan. Phase 3 is met after seven breeding pairs of wolves survive the winter for three consecutive years.

Currently, it is illegal to kill a wolf everywhere in Oregon. The maximum fine is a year in jail and a $6,250 fine. The only exception is northeast Oregon, where livestock operations can shoot a wolf caught in the act of wounding, biting, killing or chasing livestock.

Wolves in Western Oregon remain in Phase I of the Wolf Plan and protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Zach Urness has been an outdoors writer, photographer and videographer in Oregon for eight years. He is the author of the book “Hiking Southern Oregon” and can be reached at or (503) 399-6801. Find him on Facebook at Zach’s Oregon Outdoors or @ZachsORoutdoors on Twitter

I have not followed OR wolf plan but am a bit surprised that hunting is not and will not be an option ?   :angry:

Photography / Porcupine in yard
« on: April 22, 2014, 03:07:47 PM »
live about 7 mi N. of Pasco, pretty unusual for us.

Recipes / Hunter - Angler - Gardner - Cook
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:12:40 AM »
I thought this was an interesting site.

Fishing / Warning issued for some Columbia River fish
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:22:12 PM »
Health officials say some species of fish in the Columbia River may be contaminated with mercury and PCBs. Migratory fish such as salmon are not affected, they said.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Oregon and Washington say people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.

The advisory issued Monday applies to fish that live year-round between the Bonneville and McNary dams, including bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, walleye, carp, catfish, suckers and sturgeon.

It does not apply to migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead.

The Oregon Health Authority and the Washington Department of Health recommend eating no more than one meal per week of resident fish species from the affected zone. They recommend not eating any fish taken between Bonneville Dam and Ruckel Creek one mile upstream.

Officials say they’re unsure how long the advisory will last.

Fishing / keeper stergeon
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:34:29 PM »
on the Columbia yesterday near Finley, three of us on the boat and my cousin landed this keeper.

it had a wire loop on it's back that at one time had a tag, but the tag was long gone ?


All Other Big Game / Oregon House approves cougar-hunt bill
« on: April 23, 2013, 05:12:34 PM »

SALEM -- The Oregon House has approved a bill allowing counties to opt out of a ban on using dogs to hunt cougars, if voters approve the exemption in a county election.

A statewide ban on the use of dogs to hunt cougars has been in place since Oregon voters approved it in 1994.

The House approved the bill 40-19, giving it the minimum number of votes needed to pass.

The bill required 40 votes, rather than a simple majority, because of a provision in Oregon law requiring two-thirds majority to change a voter-approved criminal sentence.

Measure 18 in 1994 made it a Class A misdemeanor to use dogs to hunt cougars.

House Bill 2624 now goes to the Senate.

Wolves / 15th District lawmaker questions state-approved tribal wolf hunts
« on: December 27, 2012, 11:43:18 AM »
As the Colville tribes prepare for the authorized taking of up to nine gray wolves within their reservation boundaries, one Washington state lawmaker wonders why this effective lethal management tool is not being made available to all Washington state private property owners.

Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, sent a letter last week to Phil Anderson, the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), asking for clarification and documentation regarding the tribal hunts.

"It's beyond disappointing that we had to learn about the gray wolf hunt from newspaper articles," said Taylor, a rancher from the state's 15th Legislative District.

He said, "The Department (of Fish and Wildlife) knows of our intense interest in this issue and the level of concern our constituents have when it comes to the sensitive nature of living with the newly-introduced gray wolves. But we'll move on from here and try to find some answers as to why this management tool is good for one group of Washington residents but apparently not another."

Taylor's letter to the Department of Fish and Wildlife specifically requests the following:

1. A detailed account of discussions, negotiations or other conversations the department has had with the Colville tribes regarding the hunt;

2. Any and all correspondence, email and other communications between WDFW and the Colville tribes related to the referenced wolf hunts; and

3. A written timeline of events leading up to the Colville tribes authorizing wolf hunting and WDFW involvement.

Taylor said he's not taking issue with the fact that the tribes are being allowed to kill up to nine gray wolves within their reservation boundaries. His concern is that if the Colville tribes have concluded - with the state's blessing - that lethal management is a necessary wolf management tool, why are non-tribal ranchers and private property owners required to take rigorous, proactive non-lethal steps to avoid wolf/livestock conflicts.

"I want to be very clear, here," said Taylor. "I wholly support their efforts to control the gray wolf population. Yet, the state prohibits private property owners from doing the same.

"Why? What dialogue has taken place between the state and the tribes; what data has been presented to the state from the tribes that could help the state reach the same conclusion for our ranchers and private property owners?

"I just want to make sure we're all playing by the same set of rules and that game management tools being made available to one segment of the state's population are available to all Washington citizens," concluded Taylor.

Giv'em hell Rep. Taylor   -   some very good questions

Photography / Everest, 2B pixels
« on: December 23, 2012, 01:22:45 AM »   

Cool photo !

here is a fun game, find the climbers? - I found 5 ?

found on Photography-on-the-net

now if they have a pic of K2,,, Now I'm impressed !!

Wolves / Colville Tribes Holding Washington’s First Wolf Hunt
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:01:11 PM »
For the first time in the state’s modern history, a regulated wolf hunt is going on in Washington.

With approval recently from the business council, a season began about a week ago or so on the “south half” of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ sprawling reservation in Okanogan and Ferry Counties where at least two packs and possibly a third roam.


 introduce speed goats and hunt wolves, the Tribes get all the fun.  :clap:

Wow that was fast?

Wolves / Hunt harvest numbers fall in Western Montana
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:53:13 PM »
Most of the region's elk harvest is accounted for at the check station near Darby, where the numbers were down 24% from last year and 40% below the five-year average.

Most hunters needed a permit, obtained through special drawing, to hunt for elk in the southern Bitterroot districts this year, due to elk numbers that are below objective.

full story

Lets see now, we have 6 X the human population less than 1/2 prey base and we plan on having a higher wolf population :bash: :bash:

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