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Patterson Lake, Modoc County
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Rattle-N-Roll: A Young Buck Story
by Jason Haley, NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Cory Page (50), of Phoenix, and his son, Eli do things the old fashioned way. They hunt when their busy work and school/sports schedules allow, almost always on weekends. They stay close to home in Siskiyou foothills of southern Oregon, usually sleeping in their own beds, and they hunt the general bow season with over-the-counter tags. Using vacation time for hunts...
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Elk hunting General Rocky Mountain bull elk 2nd season is open through Nov. 12. Coast bull elk first 1st season opens Nov. 11. Conditions for big game hunting have improved with the rain. See reports below or the Big Game Hunting Forecast for what to expect. Duck seasons open statewide Recent cold, wet weather should help put ducks on the move. Seasons are open statewide into January...
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OHRC Board to meet Nov. 14
by ODFW, NOVEMBER 7, 2017

The Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, 2418 East Fall Creek Road, Alsea OR 97324. The agenda includes an Introduction of the State Fisheries Geneticist, Dr. Kathleen O’Malley, a discussion about the OHRC Work Plan for 2018 and beyond, and election of the...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed that several turkey vultures have been poisoned from the veterinary euthanasia drug pentobarbital in the Simi Valley area of Ventura County. Seven turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) were found dead or impaired in Simi Valley in October. Two of these were successfully rehabilitated by the Ojai Raptor Center, but the other five died....
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Tag Soup
by Chris Thomas, NOVEMBER 6, 2017

As the 2017 deer season closed I stood at a crossroads. In awe, I looked down over the fog-filled ravine with the sun inching closer to the smoky horizon and wondered how such a beautiful sight could leave me with such anxiety. It was 5 p.m. on closing day and I still had two tags burning a hole in my pocket.  As my wife...
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Banjos pickin' and pigs squealin'
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Bordering Plumas and Lassen Counties, between the small northern California towns of Westwood and Greenville, Keddie Ridge separates Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Also known as Ridge World, this is a seemingly forgotten piece of remote California backcountry, situated precisely where the Sierra Nevada ends and the Cascade Range begins. The nearest town is Greenville located in Indian Valley, native...
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