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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 "Flip" 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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Fall Turkey Season Coming Up
by John Higley, NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Okay guys, the annual fall turkey season is almost upon us.  It begins on November 11 and will run until December 10.  The limit is one turkey of either sex per day--two per season.  After an unproductive deer season, at least for me, I am looking forward to hunting turkeys because I know where a few of them are, and that’s the first...
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From the Institute for Fisheries Resources [Originally posted on Maven's Notebook Nov. 2, 2017] Today four commercial fisheries organizations filed a lawsuit accusing the California State Water Resources Control Board (the Water Board) of failing to fulfill their responsibility to protect clean water and public trust resources in the Bay Delta and Central Valley. At issue is the state’s failure to list long-suffering Delta...
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