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Ground Squirrel War: Cedarville physician does double duty


By Jean Bilodeaux, squirrel hunter and author of Squirrel Wars, A Politically Incorrect Manual on Combat available at www.modocmemories.com
As other doctors in Surprise Valley before him, Dr. Chuck Colas, of the Surprise Valley Smokepoles, a black powder shooting club, uses his time off to attempt to hold the line against the rampaging hoards of Belding ground squirrels that devastate farmer's fields each year. Help will arrive on Saturday March 20 when the annual Squirrel Roundup will be held in Surprise Valley.
The SV Chamber of Commerce initiated the annual war against the squirrels 19 years ago. Since that time the event has turned into the chamber's biggest money maker and a win, win, win situation for almost everyone except for a few hundred thousand squirrels.
1. Win–for the farmer, as some control of the squirrel population is effected on this day.
2. Win – for the varmint hunter who is invited to shoot as many squirrels as he/she can and then enjoy a barbecue (beef or chicken, not squirrel) in the evening.
3. Win – for the raptors that are now trained to fly in and feast on the ravages of the war.
4. Win(?) – for the squirrels that are left as there is less competition for food.

See registration information below

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Dr. Chuck Colas, of the Surprise Valley Smokepoles

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Getting in place at first light is important.

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Neither rain, nor sleet, or snow will stop the squirrel hunters from their assigned duties.


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Taking fire and holding the line against the advancing squirrel hoards.

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Youngsters also participate.
Registration information for the 2010 Squirrel Roundup! March 20
Reservation required and entries are limited to 100. Cost is $45 per person.
Hunters are responsible to secure a place to hunt, but lists of available ranches inviting hunters are available.
For more information or to register contact the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce, 530-279-2001 or email svcoc@hdo.net
Caution! Barrel meltdown is a real possibility in this target rich environment, bring more than one rifle and some hunters suggest 1,500 rounds of ammo.
All photos courtesy of Jean Bilodeaux

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ODFW: Get ready to hunt this spring!

02/25/15 -- ODFW has openings in several hunter education classes coming up in late February and March. “Spring is a great time to take hunter education,” says James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator... Full Story

CDFW clarifies use of ‘unplugged’ shotguns

Waterfowl in flight, photo courtesy of CDFW
02/25/15 -- California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) seeks to clear up an inadvertently included sentence in the 2014-2015 California Waterfowl Hunting Regulations that led to confusion about the use... Full Story

​Chad Shearer returns to Medford Feb. 26

Chad Schearer is one of the world's top big game guides.
By Jason Haley
02/23/15 -- World Champion elk caller and popular outdoor guide, Chad Schearer will be visiting Medford again this year at the Harvest Baptist Temple for dinner and a seminar. Chad is an accomplished outdoorsman and was co-host... Full Story

CDFW offers 1-day NorCal turkey clinic

Turkey hunting clinic photo courtesy of CA DFW
02/22/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a Turkey hunting clinic on Saturday, March 14 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley. Experienced instructors will instruct... Full Story

Ashland Mrs. didn’t miss this dandy bull

Petite archer Mrs. Lindsay Trevor with her 6x7 bull elk that was being scored very high at Exposure Outdoor Show in Medford on February 20, photo by Frank Galusha
Article and photo by Frank Galusha
02/22/15 -- MyOutdoorBuddy has been exhibiting at the ExpoSure Outdoor Show in Medford since Friday where we had the chance to meet Mrs. Lindsay Niestrath and her husband Trever of Ashland. We talked Lindsay into... Full Story

Nashville -- Tom Hunter's Busman's Holiday

 Pictured here from left are Matt Drury son of Mark, Paul Butski of Turkey Thugs television, Mark and Terry Drury hosts of Drury Outdoors television and Chris Kirby owner of Quaker Boy Calls Inc.
Article and photos by John Higley
02/22/15 -- "You went where to do what?” So quizzed a friend when I mentioned that I just got home from Nashville where I attended the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual Convention and Sports Show for the fourth... Full Story

Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie

Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
By Gary Lewis
02/18/15 -- They say a great pointing dog only comes along once or twice in a hunter's lifetime. Some dogs don't have the heart or the desire. Others don't seem to have the nose or the brain. We brought home our pudelpointer in... Full Story

OR DFW officers uncover poaching ring

02/11/15 -- In Mid-December 2014, Senior Troopers Hayes and Bean received information that Gene A. Parsons, 37, of La Pine, had been involved in the illegal killing of a large number of mature trophy class mule deer bucks... Full Story

Hey Turkey, You're on Camera

Close up of Turkey, photo by John Higley
By John Higley
02/12/15 -- After our June in January break in the weather it’s a very good thing to have some more rain. We’re still not out of the drought woods as yet, but things are looking far better right now than they did last November... Full Story

SHARE spring turkey hunts offered

02/08/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering spring turkey hunts in Yolo and Santa Barbara counties through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program... Full Story

CWA sets up waterfowl foundation

02/07/15 -- California Waterfowl has taken an important step and recently created the California Waterfowl Foundation, a new entity whose sole purpose is to support CWA. Why does CWA need something like this when it has... Full Story

Spring turkey hunts offered in N. CA

02/07/15 -- California Department of Fish and Wildlife is now accepting applications for spring turkey hunts in northern California. Several opportunities will be offered at the following locations: Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, Spenceville Wildlife... Full Story

RMEF to CBD: Stick to the facts

02/05/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is calling on the environmentalist group Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to stick to the facts when making presumptions about wildlife populations. CBD recently claimed that Idaho’s wolf... Full Story

Modoc 4-H’ers earn spot on shooting team

Modoc 4-H Club members Grady Ingraham, Mavrick Farnam and Paden Smith will represent California at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska in June. Photos courtesy of Ingraham, Farnam and Smith families, respectfully
02/05/15 -- Modoc County 4-H members will be aiming for top honors at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska this June. Three 4-H’ers from Modoc County qualified to represent California... Full Story

158 trophy racks displayed in Medford

Van Bond, Medford Sportsman's Warehouse Bucks and Bulls Contents, 2015, Rifle Elk Winner
By Frank Galusha
02/05/15 -- An amazing 158 trophy buck and bull racks were on display on Saturday, January 31 at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Medford for the conclusion of the 2015 Bucks and Bulls contest. Action started at 9 a.m. and continued until... Full Story

What to do in Modoc in winter?

A group of hunters from Modoc county holding rifles and posing for a picture during a day of shooting practice, photo by Lorissa Soriano
Article and Photos by Lorissa Soriano
02/04/15 -- So what else is there to do in Modoc after big game, waterfowl and upland game bird seasons are over? Fishing is generally slow this time of year. Grounds are usually frozen, so there aren’t any squirrels as of yet popping... Full Story

CDFW monitoring band-tail pigeon mortality

Band-tailed pigeon, photo courtesy of CDFW
01/30/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is closely monitoring the population of band-tailed pigeons for mortality this winter. Band-tailed pigeons are California’s only native pigeon. They spend their winter from central... Full Story

Valley geese fall to fog & great calling

By Lorissa Soriano
01/27/15 -- It was definitely an amazing end to waterfowl season for Michelle Brazil, Tamara Pecsi and Tracy Adkins of Yuba City and Tina Dolby (Modoc Waterfowl Outfitters) of Alturas who successfully harvested... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

The Incredible Elk; a Tale by Dad and Son

This monster 7x7 bull elk was taken by Andrew Evans, age 15, while hunting in Modoc County near Lassen Creek.
By Andrew Evans (Son)
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California Waterfowl fundraising events

12/20/14 -- California Waterfowl (CWA) supports and hosts a wide variety of events every month, such as banquets, camps, clean-ups, clinics, competitions, festivals, junior hunts, and shoots. You are encouraged to...  Full Story

Federal Duck Stamp to cost $25

  The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest was Jennifer Miller of Olean, NY, with her acrylic painting of ruddy ducks.  Photo courtesy of USFWS
12/12/14 -- Hunters will be paying another $10 a year to hunt waterfowl starting next year. The cost of the Federal Duck Stamp will go from $15 to $25. The increase is the first cost jump since 1991. Many hunters and organizations... Full Story

Modoc Big Buck honors shared

Sheriff Mike Poindexter of Alturas bagged this beautiful X2 4X4 - 30 inch Buck. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Poindexter
By Lorissa Soriano
12/09/14 -- John Dederick the Mayor of Alturas and yours truly of Alturas, tied for first place to win the Grand Prize for the “Biggest Overall Buck” in the 2014 Modoc Big Buck Contest.
This popular event was sponsored by the Modoc Outdoor... Full Story

C Zone Blacktail

By Dusty Clement
10/03/14 -- This hunt started last year when I discovered an out-of-the-way public piece of property which is very difficult to access taking a boat and a fair amount of hiking through the Sacramento River jungle to reach... Full Story

Don’t forget waterfowl hunt regs!

By Frank Galusha
09/19/19 -- As usual, our waterfowl hunting regulations are complex and the dates are hard to remember. Be safe and carry a regulation booklet with you at all times. Or print out the regulations directly from the CA... Full Story

Vintage Waterfowler

old black and white photo of a skiff loaded with ducks and a man with his shotgun, courtesy of Don Webster
By Don E. Webster
09/16/14 --Having been pursuing waterfowl for over 60 years, I was exposed to its history as a mere child by my grandfather, Wilbur S. Pechin. He hunted ducks and geese along the Platte River in Nebraska in the late 19th... Full Story

Feral pig hunting to start on the SRNWR

08/19/14 -- Beginning September 1, 2014, the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (SRNWR) will allow feral pig hunting in authorized areas. This decision will improve consistency of the refuge hunt plan... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

John M. Browning

By Don E. Webster
02/05/14 -- One has to wonder how differently the history of not only America, but the entire world would have been if John Moses Browning (January 23, 1855 – November 26, 1926) had not been born... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
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Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Back to the Start

heritage, history of hunting, hunting as a family, Jason Haley, Mt. Shasta, Mount Shasta
Article and photos by Jason Haley
10/18/13 -- I got tipped-off about a bachelor group of bucks from an archer I trust. That never hurts. And after spending opening day in the area, glimpsing two good bucks and seeing how the terrain lays out, I knew exactly... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Me and my shadow

Twin melanistic fawns with doe, Me and my shadow, Jean Bilodeaux, MyOutdoorBuddy.com Article and photos by Jean Bilodeaux
10/06/12 -- It’s always amazing to see the huge bucks reappear in the fields in Surprise Valley right after deer season. Many times locals breathe a sigh of relief as the big bucks that disappeared a month earlier now reappear... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story

 

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