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Byline: The Register-Guard

Knife show's 31st running this weekend

The 31st annual Oregon Knife Show and Sale, the largest annual cutlery show west of the Mississippi, will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. The show features 520 exhibitor tables displaying a wide variety of collectible and handmade knives. Numerous demonstrations of knife-related skills and craftsmanship - including blade forging, martial arts, wood carving, a blade grinding competition, and flint knapping - are also offered. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. For a complete show schedule and list of exhibitors, see: www.oregonknifeclub.org/demonstrations.html.

Young Creswell trapshooter sets record

Cade Miller of Creswell last week became the youngest trapshooter in Pacific International Trapshooting Association history to break 100 straight clay targets in a sanctioned singles handicap competition. Cade - a fifth-grader at O'Hara School who's been shooting trap a little more than a year - posted the perfect score March 26 at the annual Pendleton Blanket Shoot hosted by the Medford Gun Club. At 10 years, 8 months of age, he displaces a 12 1/2 -year-old shooter who had been the youngest trapshooter to post a perfect 100. According to Miller's coach, Gary Fogelson, Cade missed only two of the 225 shots he took in competition that day.

South Slough Reserve to hold open house

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will host an open house Saturday at the reserve's Interpretive Center, located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Activities will include guided walks, children's story time, a display by artist Julie Rumbreich and opportunities to ask questions of the South Slough staff. Event hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Details: (541) 888-5558.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout stocking report

Eugene-area waters: Alton Baker Park is scheduled to be stocked with 2,400 trout, including 400 of the "larger" 12-inchers. Other releases: Cottage Grove Pond, 2,000; Cottage Grove Reservoir, 3,000; Creswell Pond, 1,500; Dexter Reservoir, 2,900.

Florence-area lakes: Carter and Cleawox lakes will be stocked this week with 2,500 and 2,000 hatchery trout, respectively.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The "March Brown" trout fishery on the lower McKenzie River is always a good bet this time of year. Most midcoast rivers closed to steelhead fishing April 1, but some of the larger river basins have specific areas open in April. See the angling synopsis for details. Spring salmon fishing is starting to pick up in the Rogue River but is still slow elsewhere.

Lakes and reservoirs: Dorena and Blue River reservoirs were stocked with hatchery trout last week and should be good.

Marine zone: Boat anglers along the central coast report good catches of black, blue and yellowtail rockfish and lingcod. Fishing for lingcod, perch and rockfish is good this time of year from the jetties and rocky points.

Hunting

Timely tips: Spring bear hunts began April 1 in some parts of Oregon and start April 15 in others, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking successful hunters to submit a single premolar tooth from each harvested bear, as well as the reproductive tracts of female bears. All bear hunters received a specially marked, postage-paid tooth envelope, which includes instructions for removing and submitting teeth. The material gathered will be used for bear population research purposes.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Many migratory songbirds will begin returning to the area in the next few weeks. Good places to see these birds include area parks and wildlife refuges. During April, listen closely for the musical call of sand hill cranes as they pass through the valley on their way north. Large flocks can be seen flying very high. They occasionally land in fields east and north of Salem for a few days of rest.

- Compiled from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Register-Guard reports. Updated information is available by logging on to www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

The deadline for calendar event listings is 10 a.m. Monday. Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

SATURDAY

Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARS): The club plans 30-, 50- and 70-mile rides in the Crow Road/Wolf Creek area. The 30- and 70-milers begin at Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m.; the 50-miler leaves Twin Oaks School at 10 a.m. For detailed ride descriptions, see: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 35-, 50- and 65-mile ride options in the Powerline Road/Harrisburg area; 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

Boating

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

G.I. Joe's: Free boat inspections, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Fishing

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: "Kokanee Fishing Tips & Tactics" seminar by Dave Jones, 7 p.m. at G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Janet Jacobsen will lead a six-mile hike at Doris Ranch Park. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Sheila Ward will lead a 5 1/2 -mile hike in the Siltcoos River/Carter Lake Dunes area. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: John Jacobsen will lead a 6.7-mile hike at the North Bank Deer Preserve. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Lynda Christiansen will lead a 10-mile Larison Creek hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

TUESDAY

The Obsidians: Marilyn Kerins will lead a six-mile Eugene Wetlands hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

THURSDAY

Lane County Dahlia Society: Dahlia tuber auction featuring tubers and root stock of all forms and colors of dahlias, 7:30 p.m., Celeste Campbell Senior Center, 155 High St., Eugene. Details: 344-0970.

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Wildflower "Elder Walk" (for ages 55+), led by nature guide Harold Schyberg, 10:30 a.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Donation requested: $4. Details: 747-1504.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Natural science illustrator Kristine Kirkeby will conduct a workshop on drawing wildflowers in graphite, 1 p.m. Fee: $20 ($15 MPA members). Preregistration required; call 747-1504.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: `Knowing and Growing Native Plants,' the first session of a four-part "Gardening with Nature" series, 1 p.m. at EPUD headquarters, 33733 Seavey Loop Road. Fee: $20 ($15 MPA members). Details, registration: 747-1504.

Nearby Nature: Critters that hatch out of eggs will be the focus of a family oriented "egg walk" at Alton Baker Park, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $5. Details, preregistration: 687-9699.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Two-day spring field botany workshop taught by Tobias Policha, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Fee $55 ($50 MPA members). Preregistration required; call 747-1504.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: "Things with Wings" will be the focus of a family oriented nature walk led by Tom Bettman, 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Donation requested: $3. Details: 747-1504.

Paddle sports

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: Intermediate-level paddle tour from Winchester Creek to Charleston. Fee: $10 per boat. Advance registration required; call (541) 888-5558.
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