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Redding Boy Scout Troop 125 back from Millicoma River, OR

By Mike Mogler

Recently, Redding Scout Troop 125 returned from the Millicoma River in Oregon after working with biologists at a private fish hatchery. The scouts had some hands on work with the salmon, moving the salmon from an area below the hatchery to a pond in the hatchery were the fish, bucks and hens could be processed for eggs and sperm. Photo by Debi Simon


The Millicoma River enters the Coos River just above high water area of the Coos. The Millicoma River, formed by its east and west forks near the unincorporated community of Allegany, flows generally west for about 9 miles (14 km) to the main stem.The Millicoma has good runs of Chinook, Silver and Sockeye salmon in the fall. When winter arrives, December through January, is when the Steelhead enter the system and in good numbers. The summer months on the Millicoma are when the cutthroat can be found.

The area has camping and other amenities and the Oregon Fish and Game operates its own hatchery on the river. Drift boating here can be treacherous so use care and get local advice. There are boating restrictions on the east and west forks of the river, too, so check with the local sports shops in Coos Bay for more information. The following link has information regarding boating on the river: www.boatescape.com/singleWater.asp?ID=243

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Veterans Memorial Day service planned

05/22/15 -- A Shasta County Veterans Memorial Day Service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Grove located on the Redding Civic Auditorium grounds, 700 Auditorium Drive... Full Story

Aggressive deer gone rogue in park

Doe with fawn in Mammoth, photo by Carrie Wilson
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
05/22/15 --  I had a weird thing happen the other day. I was walking with my dog in a local Monterey park when a doe deer came right up to us. My dog ran out after her and the next thing I knew I heard yelping and looked out to see... Full Story

Whiskeytown Time Capsule needs letters

05/21/15 -- The National Park Service is requesting letters describing people’s impressions and stories of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area to celebrate the park’s 50th Anniversary as a national park site. All letters will... Full Story

Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

05/20/15 -- Oregon is packed with holiday fun and it’s an especially great weekend for trout fishing. It’s a three-day weekend, more rivers and streams are open to fishing beginning Saturday, and several lakes and reservoirs are...Full Story

New chief ranger now at Lava Beds

Lava Beds and Tule Lake Unit new Chief Ranger David Hansen, courtesy of NPS
05/18/15 -- Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is welcoming new Chief Ranger David Hansen to the Tule Lake Basin. Hansen follows Radford Dew... Full Story

Ranger-guided activities set for Park

05/18/15 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will offer a variety of ranger guided activities during the Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. Activities will include the ever-popular kayak tours... Full Story

Lava Beds entrance fees go up June 1

2016 National Park Service Pass information, NPS
05/17/15 -- Starting on June 1, Lava Beds National Monument will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important backlogged maintenance and visitor service improvement projects within the park. The last... Full Story

See Sportsman’s Warehouse flyer here!

By Gary Heffley
05/15/15 -- Be sure to click on the Sportsman’s Warehouse banner here at MyOutdoorBuddy as soon as possible as you are just one click away from our Memorial Day Sales Flyer, with many, many items on sale... Full Story

Why Not Wolves in California?

Gray wolf captured and GPS-collared by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) (Photo courtesy of ODFW)
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
05/15/15 --  Even though gray wolves are slowly expanding back out into their historical ranges, why have they not returned to California? Other western states have them. What makes California different? What’s the status of... Full Story

Kayak Zak's for life jacket trade-in offer

05/15/15 -- California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will hold life jacket trade-in events at various locations throughout the state during the month of May. The first events will be held tomorrow, May 16... Full Story

PG&E flying low to check for hazard trees

05/13/15 -- In response to the drought, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is doing additional patrols to check on trees near power lines in eastern Tehama and Shasta counties this week. Residents are advised... Full Story

OR BLM plans open houses & workshops

05/13/15 -- Six Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District offices will be offering opportunities for the public to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement... Full Story

Sac NWR adds wildlife viewing route

05/08/15 -- On May 5, an additional 1.5 mile loop was opened to the public along the popular Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge auto tour route. The route known as the Pool 2 loop will be open through August 30 each... Full Story

The Lost Coast

Sea lions, necks stretch toward the sky, loudly yelping, whil a few others blankly look on. Photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
05/08/15 -- Remote enough to keep all but the adventurous away, the King Range is home to over 80 miles of trails including the Lost Coast Trail which is 52 miles in total distance. The trail is split into two sections nearly equal in... Full Story

How fishing licenses are dated is an issue

By Mike Mogler
05/07/15 -- Recently, while browsing the web, I came upon an article with information regarding possible changes in the way the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) issues fishing licenses in the state. All of us who fish...Full Story

Turtle Bay to open 'Mindbender Mansion'

The 'Spelling Fever' game board at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Mindbending exhibition
05/06/15 -- Turtle Bay Exploration Park will be offering a wonderfully puzzling world to guests this summer with Mindbender Mansion -- an exhibition created and toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry... Full Story

This is ‘Be Bear Aware’ Month

Black bear photo courtesy of CA DFW
05/05/15 -- May is Be Bear Aware Month and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public to act responsibly when in bear country. Spring is the time of year when California’s black bears... Full Story

VIDEO: How to prep inflatable life jackets

Inflatable lifejacket, BoatUS
05/02/15 -- With their small size, inflatable life jackets keep you cool on a hot day, allow you to freely move around the boat, cast a line or raise sail, and come in a variety of belt and harness styles. While inflatables have a reputation for...Full Story

May 2015 CADFW Calendar

05/01/15 --  Guided Wetland Tours, on various days are available by r--eservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead your group, school or organization through the...Full Story

CDFW awards $21M toward gas reduction

05/01/15 -- Strengthening California’s response to long-term climate change, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 12 projects that will receive grant funding to restore wetlands... Full Story

Fees reduced at Lake Oroville SRA

05/01/15 -- California State Parks has reduced fees for day-use and camping at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area beginning Friday, May 1, 2015. With existing drought conditions impacting visitor’s recreational... Full Story

Redding's Turtle Bay to feature Butterflies

A Monarch Butterfly perched upon an orange flower, Turtel Bay Exploration Park,
04/30/15 -- Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding will be opening Wings of Summer: Butterflies! again this summer beginning May 2nd. At Butterflies, visitors observe hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil, enclosed garden...Full Story

USFWS to allot $1.1B to Wildlife Agencies

04/29/15 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and angling industry to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation... Full Story

Mansion tours honor Asian-Americans

04/27/15 -- Special tours will be offered during the month of May to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The tours will be offered each Saturday and Monday at 10 a.m. and will focus on the unique relationship between... Full Story

Don’t kill them all! Some snakes are good!

Indigo snake
By Captain William E. Simpson
04/27/15 -- Most survivalists and Preppers spend a good deal of time outdoors as do many other Americans. Many people have a healthy fear of snakes, and given the fact that there are several species of venomous snakes that are...Full Story

Shingletown Resort/RV Park upgraded

By Frank Galusha
04/23/15 -- Ponderosa Ridge Resort & RV Park has new owners and is being managed by David and Arlene Williams. The park has been upgraded and renamed as the Living Springs RV & Lodging. It is located just east of Shingletown...Full Story

USFW reopens comment on Fisher listing

04/19/15 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has reopened the comment period on a proposal to list the West Coast population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has also extended... Full Story

CDFW urges natural rodent control

Juvenile great horned owl photo by Phil Robertson, CDFW
04/19/15 -- Rats, mice and voles are commonly sighted around homes and businesses this time of year. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages Californians to let nature control rodent populations... Full Story

Marijuana Wars and the California DFW

ish and Wildlife Warden Jerry Karnow with suspected poisoned bear at an illegal marijuana grow site. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Jerry Karnow
By Steven T. Callan
04/16/15 -- Just after daylight in September 2014, four California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and four Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies quietly locked their vehicles and began what was to be an arduous hike... Full Story

The Fuss About Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms, Jerry Speilbusch
By Jason Haley
04/16/15 -- We’ve often discussed this. Everyone who loves the outdoors is passionate about something in particular. It might be ducks over decoys or steelhead, or maybe backcountry hiking. It was bird dogs and...Full Story

How to Describe Car Problems with Sounds

Article by Don Stec
04/15/15 -- Several years ago I did a radio commercial about a woman who gave the following description of her car problem, she said. “My car makes a loud scream like noise when I accelerate, then I hear a loud ka-plunk and the warble... Full Story

‘Preppers’ & Disaster Preparedness Myths

Life is hard... it's even harder if you're stupid, John Wayne
By Capt. William E. Simpson
04/14/15 -- We live in a world where civilization, reason and logic are said to be at historic heights, yet so many people today, especially our youth, are making new lows in relevant intelligence and labor under a host of myths and illusions...Full Story

Young artists to focus on invasive species

 Youth volunteers with Mountains Restoration Trust help remove invasive red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) from southern California steelhead trout habitat (Malibu Creek) in Southern California. Photo by John Burnap
04/09/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will sponsor a youth art contest to promote awareness of plant and animal invaders that threaten California's native species, as part of the 2015 California...Full Story

A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog

Pup, Phil Akers, A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
04/07/15 -- Bigfoot’s number one pet is the wolverine but for us humans it’s the canine. Americans are projected to spend $60 billion this year on pets! A large portion of this goes to dogs. We all love our dogs and generally...Full Story

​Surveying in the John Muir Wilderness!

A string of horses at John Muir Wilderness, photo by Matt Campos, BLM
Article and photos by Matt Campos, BLM
03/23/15 -- Our day begins at 6 a.m. We wake to a brisk July morning at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Six of us venture out of our canvas tents at Clyde’s Pack Station, located 3.5 miles west of Wishon Reservoir, and begin...Full Story

Gold & Silver: Should I Buy Some?

piles of gold and silver bars and coins
By Capt. William E. Simpson
03/20/15 -- I get a fair amount of email from readers on various subjects related to economic collapse leading to hard-times, social unrest and a lack of monetary exchange. And one particular question that keeps...Full Story

Show Respect and Pass Through Quietly

Butte Valley Wildlife Area with Mount Shasta in background, photo by Kathy and Steven Callan
By Steven T. Callan 
03/05/15 -- “Quick, roll up the windows!” said Kathy. We had just entered the ten-mile auto tour route at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, when four cars roared by us like we were standing still. Pulling to the side of the road...Full Story

Visit California: Discover Shasta Cascade

 Shasta Lake is just one of many attractions featured on a new Visit California website. Photo courtesy of Visit California
By Frank Galusha
03/02/15 -- Thanks to Visit California, this region's many attractions are being promoted even more extensively throughout the world. Visit California recently developed a remarkable Shasta-Cascade site of itineraries highlighting various...Full Story

ODFW art competition announced

02/25/15 -- Oregon’sDepartment of Fish and Wildlife announced the annual art competition to select artwork featured on the 2016 Habitat Conservation Stamp, Waterfowl Stamp and Upland Game Bird Stamp...Full Story

Tactical Survival Axe, AKA: ‘The Bruiser’

USMC Tactical Survival Axe, AKA: ‘The Bruiser’, photo by William E. Simpson
Article and photos by Capt. William E. Simpson
02/24/15 -- I am not an expert with edged weapons, even though I have a trunk-load of them, including the old Buck hunting knife that my Dad gave me when I was a teenager many moons ago. So with that said, I wanted to share...Full Story

Hot Stove

blue lake surrounded by gray snow peaked mountains with green grass meadow in the foreground. Photo by Phil Flip Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
02/24/15 -- Much like fantasy baseball, winter is the “hot stove” season for high elevation wilderness adventures. It is time to study and plan for the upcoming summer. But instead of preparing to draft players, we find...Full Story

Open Border & ISIS -- Perfect Storm for USA

William E. Simpson author badge for myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Capt. William E. Simpson
02/18/15 -- Back in July, I wrote an article about the potential for ‘biological warfare’ being waged against America by terrorist groups. Now, as we endure a measles epidemic in America, ISIS, the “JV team” (according to President Obama)...Full Story

A Problem Requiring a Different Approach

A humungous crowd of people.
By Captain William E. Simpson, USMM
02/08/15 -- Most survival strategies and related tactics used today draw upon the methods that were used or which worked in past small-scale localized and regional disasters, and will likely work again to some extent in similar...Full Story

Firearms and Disaster Preparedness

Military man leaning on the heavy back that pulled him backwards
Article and photos by Captain William E. Simpson, USMM
01/19/15 -- With the start of the new-year, there always seem to be several articles that come out promoting guns as part of a preparedness solution. And it’s an unfortunate fact that firearms have become almost synonymous with Prep... Full Story

Getting Kids Hooked

Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
01/06/15 -- Now, more than ever, we need to get our kids involved in the outdoors. Many kids are becoming softer and lazier with each generation, losing touch with nature, depending on technology to instantly learn everything, presumably...Full Story

Local kayak shop offers classes

a kayak class at Sun Oaks Fitness Center
By Mike Mogler
12/31/14 -- Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Center will be the scene for kayak paddlers who want to participate in skill and safety programs presented by ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructors. Classes will...Full Story

Survival Using RVs

Silver mobile home with striped awning, parked on a grassy field alongside a river with forested hills leading up to snow capped mountains. Photo by William E. Simpson
Article and photos by William E. Simpson
12/26/14 -- Over the past year many people have reached-out to me asking the same question; ‘What can people do to survive a catastrophic event besides sailing to an island on a bug-out boat? This was of course a natural... Full Story

For the Love of Ducks

Snow geese at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. photo by Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
12/23/14 -- With the north wind blowing off snow-covered Mount Shasta, it was brutally cold that December afternoon in 1960. Sitting in the back seat of our family car, I spotted an enormous flock of snow-white birds feeding in the... Full Story

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part II

NASA image depicting solar storm impacting earth’s geomagnetic field.
By Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM
11/25/14 -- Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Disaster Preparedness articles written by Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM. The first was an attempt to simplify the subject of disaster preparedness by focusing on risk...Full Story

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part I

Preparedness & Survival by Capt. William E. Simpson
11/12/14 -- Over the past few years, disaster preparedness (“prepping”) has become a popular topic. A very large mix of people have begun preaching prepping, all having different motives for promoting their particular... Full Story

RV Collision Repair Requires Multiple Skills

Don Stec, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Don Stec
11/10/14 -- I do not know of any other vehicles that require as many multiple occupational skills to repair than a collision damaged RV, specifically motor homes and travel trailers. Steel and aluminum are used in the structural ...Full Story

Redding vacation planning guide available

Visit Redding, Sacramento river fish ladder
11/06/14 -- Searching for an affordable vacation destination where no two visits will ever be the same? You will find it in spectacular Redding, California. Boasting 300+ beautiful days a year, the “Second Sunniest City in the U.S... Full Story

Making Friends With The Neighbors

Wild (feral) stallions competing - copyright Laura Simpson 2014
By William E. Simpson
10/14/14 -- There are few animals in nature that match the majestic beauty of a stallion running wild and free. They rule their territory by day and by night. Recently, my wife Laura and I decided to change adventures...Full Story

Ishi

 Newspaper headline from early August 1911. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee.
By Phil 'Flip' Akers
10/08/14 -- Southwest of Mt. Lassen lies a remote and largely forgotten piece of Cascade foothill region. Dark basaltic cliffs and pinnacles adorn inhospitable river canyons, carved by what is now Mill and Deer Creeks, through bad...Full Story

Tall Trees and Emerald Waters

Kathy at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, beside one of the largest (redwood) trees on Earth., photo by Steven T. Callan
By Steven T. Callan
10/06/14 -- Kathy and I recently attended the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) fall conference on the aptly-named Wild Rivers Coast. Stretching from Port Orford, Oregon to Klamath, California, the Wild.... Full Story

How to Comply with Tow Chain Laws

By Don Stec
09/13/14 -- One of the most common mistakes trailer owners make is: Failure to properly attach a safety chain between a trailer and the towing vehicle. There seems to be a consensus by the general public that simply...Full Story

Above the Canopy

Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
09/06/14 -- Having had the pleasure and privilege of diving in California’s kelp forests from San Diego to Monterey, I would describe it as a surreal, almost religious experience -- witnessing underwater cathedrals rising...Full Story

Trinidad Sea Kayaking

Trinidad Sea Kayaking, Pacific Outfitters, PacificOutfittersAdventures.com
By Jason Self
09/03/14 -- The thing I love most about guiding and coaching sea kayaking is sharing unique experience with others. The ocean is dynamic. It’s full of life and energy. One hundred yards from shore and you’re...Full Story

Lassen National Volcanic Park

Jim Broshears, Mt. Lassen view from Brokeoff Mountain
By Jim Broshears
07/21/14 -- Lassen National Park is one of the best kept secrets in the National Park system. It may be hard to call a place that has over 400,000 visitors a year a secret but compared to Yosemite’s 2.5 million and the 9.4...Full Story

Peak Bagging in Winter

Peak Bagging in Winter, Jim Broshears, Trailhead Adventures, Paradise, CA, MyOutdoorBuddy.com By Jim Broshears
02/11/13 -- Peak bagging, according to peakbagging.com/ refers to climbing mountains. When a summit is reached, it is “bagged”. You don’t have to go to exotic locations to enjoy this sport, or even be an elite mountain climber...Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork – Part III

Jim Broshears, Trailhead Tales author badge for My outdoor buddy
By Jim Broshears
04/09/14 -- Our search for Tuck’s lost meadow continued in 2013. After three previous trips and multiple days of searching, you might be wondering why we don’t just call it a day. Or possibly question why we have not... Full Story

The 'Death Wobble' -- Be Safe Not Sorry!

Death Wobble, underbody of a vehicle, Don Stec
Article and photos by Don Stec
03/31/14 -- Death Wobble is not to be confused with a front-end shimmy or a wheel balance problem. A Death Wobble (DW) is very common on vehicles with a solid front axle. It has earned its name, not from mechanics but by vehicle... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork -- Part II

Article and photos by Jim Broshears
03/10/14 -- Our return to the Middle Fork of Feather River would take place in August of 2012. Having nearly 10 months to plan the next exploration, we, of course, waited until the last minute decide our course of action... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork -- Part I

The Mystery of the Missing Valley By Jim Broshears
Article and photos by Jim Broshears
02/15/14 -- Part #1 Exploring the Middle Fork of the Feather River -- Stories about hidden valleys, waterfalls, canyons and fishing are part of outdoor folklore. Most of these tales begin with “When I was a kid we went to this place” and...Full Story

BLM seeks input on use of OR public lands

01/30/13 – Resource Management Plans or RMPs are a process in which the BLM is working with communities, to gain innovative ideas and to identify the latest natural resource research on how your Oregon public lands will...Full Story

 

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