Outdoor Digest.Byline: The Register-Guard
SLED DOGS TO RACE: World class dog racing dog racing, trials of speed between dogs. Now contested on oval tracks, the sport developed from the ancient practice of coursing, in which specially trained dogs chase game animals in the open field. comes to Central Oregon Central Oregon is a geographical region lying near the center of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is commonly considered to include Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties. Primary cities in Central Oregon are La Pine, Sunriver, Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. next week with the inaugural Atta Boy 300, a seven-day stage race that is one of only thee qualifiers for the sport's most famous event, the Iditarod. Competitors will run their dogs over trails near the communities of Government Camp, Bend, Sisters, Prineville, La Pine and Sunriver, and finish on Mount Bachelor. The Atta Boy 300 is one of six World Cup sled dog races sanctioned by the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports. The ceremonial start to the race is Sunday on Mount Hood, but the actual racing begins Monday. The schedule is as follows: Jan. 7, 45 miles, start/finish at Mount Bachelor; Jan. 8, 40 miles, start/finish in Sisters; Jan. 9, 45 miles, start Sisters, finish Mount Bachelor; Jan. 10, 55 miles, start/finish in Prineville; Jan. 11, 40 miles, start/finish in La Pine; Jan. 12, 40 miles, start in Sunriver, finish at Mount Bachelor; Jan. 13, 30 miles, start/finish at Mount Bachelor. Each stage begins at 9:30 a.m.
LICENSING SYSTEM SHUT DOWN: Oregon's computerized hunting and fishing licensing system was shut down by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is an agency of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon responsible for programs protecting Oregon fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. for the second time this week Wednesday afternoon because each transaction was taking more than five minutes. The Point-of-Sale licensing system began experiencing slowdowns late Dec. 28. The system was taken offline Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. while technicians worked to repair the problem. The system worked as expected Monday evening and all day Tuesday - processing up to 65 licensing documents per minute - then bogged down again Wednesday. Meanwhile, anglers and hunters eager to purchase new licenses and tags that were required beginning Jan. 1 were being issued handwritten hand·write
tr.v. hand·wrote , hand·writ·ten , hand·writ·ing, hand·writes
To write by hand.
[Back-formation from handwritten.]
Adj. 1. documents at a handful of ODFW ODFW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices around the state. Most sporting goods Noun 1. sporting goods - sports equipment sold as a commodity
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
sports equipment - equipment needed to participate in a particular sport stores are equipped only with the computers and cannot issue handwritten hunting and fishing licenses. The good news: Prices for all 2002 annual licenses and tags remain the same as last year.
OREGON BICYCLE RIDE SCHEDULED: The 2002 Oregon Bicycle Ride, a fully supported seven-day camping tour, will be held Aug. 11-17. This year's itinerary features a loop ride beginning and ending in Bend, with stops in Prineville, Sisters, Blue River and Oakridge, and a campsite at Sheep Bridge in the Deschutes National Forest The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest located in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is comprised of 1.8 million acres (7,300 km²) along the east side of the Cascade mountains. . The same group is also offering its second seven-day camping tour of Idaho, July 14-20. That ride starts and ends in Lewiston, Idaho. For details or registration information on either ride, see: oregonbicycleride.org or call (800) 413-8432.
BOTTOMFISH RULES CHANGE: Another year, another set of fishing rules in effect for ocean anglers. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted revised seasons and possession limits for bottomfishing in Oregon waters. Bottomfishing continues to be open year-round with a 10-rockfish daily limit. However, this year only one of the 10 may be a canary rockfish and one a yelloweye rockfish rockfish, member of the large family Scorpaenidae (rockfishes and scorpionfishes), carnivorous fish inhabiting all seas and especially abundant in the temperate waters of the Pacific. Rockfishes are found among rocks and reefs. . Also, no retention of yelloweye will be allowed when halibut halibut: see flatfish.
Any of various flatfishes, especially the Atlantic and Pacific halibuts (genus Hippoglossus, family Pleuronectidae), both of which have eyes and colour on the right side. are on board during the all-depth halibut fishery. The sport fishery will close outside of the 20-fathom line in 2002 if the yelloweye harvest guideline is reached. One other housekeeping change allows halibut anglers to possess two halibut on land instead of one, but the daily catch limit remains one and the annual catch limit remains six.
BIRDERS FLOCK TO SEE GROSBEAK grosbeak (grōs`bēk) [great beak], common name for various members of the family Fringillidae (finch family). Grosbeaks are characterized by their large conical bills. : Bird lovers in southern Oregon have been beating the bushes with their binoculars hoping to catch a glimpse Verb 1. catch a glimpse - see something for a brief time
catch sight, get a look
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he of a rare rose-breasted grosbeak, which has been seen hanging around a Medford bird feeder since Saturday. The species is a neotropic bird, which winters in Central America, raises its young in North America and normally is found east of the Rocky Mountains. "This little guy shouldn't be in the West," Medford Mail Tribune birding columnist Dick Cronberg said of the immature male. "Second of all, he shouldn't be here in the winter, so it's a double whammy."