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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

Hunters cited for jumping the gun on buck season

A father and son were each cited for two game law violations Friday in the McKenzie Valley after they allegedly fired their rifles at a stuffed deer "decoy" illuminated by the headlights of their vehicle. When Oregon State Police pulled the men over about 8:30 p.m., the men were found to already have two bucks - a spike and a forked horn - in their possession. The general buck season did not open until the next morning.

Cited, according to the OSP, were Bruce DeMarce, 58, and Devin DeMarce, 29, both of Springfield. Each was charged with taking deer in a closed season and hunting with the aid of a light. Their rifles and the two deer were seized, police said. The deer were given to the Eugene Mission. Meanwhile, police said two other hunters who shot deer decoys in eastern Linn and Lane counties were cited, and a third deer that had been taken with the aid of a flashlight was donated to the mission.

Outdoor Program equipment swap Wednesday

The University of Oregon Outdoor Program's annual fall "equipment swap" will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Erb Memorial Union on campus. The free swap meet typically features a wide variety of outdoor recreation equipment at garage-sale prices.

Florence meeting postponed on coho recovery plan

A "town hall" meeting scheduled for Wednesday in Florence to introduce and take public comments on the draft `Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan' has been postponed because of ongoing revisions. The meeting will be rescheduled, and additional meetings are scheduled for Newport on Oct. 16 and Coquille on Oct. 30. A key component of the plan includes the new Private Lands Initiative, a voluntary habitat restoration program on private lands. The draft coho plan is to be made available to the public this Friday at: www.oregon-plan.org/OPSW/cohoproject/coho_proj.shtml.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

Dexter, Foster Reservoirs: Each of these flood-control reservoirs is scheduled to be stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout sometime this week.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Alton Baker Park's canoe canal remains fair to good for trout. We're near the traditional peak of fall chinook salmon fishing in Oregon's coastal rivers; success rates have been up and down, but persistent anglers are taking a modest number of fish in most tidewaters. The Siuslaw River has been among the most productive so far. Summer steelhead fishing should be productive on the Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette rivers. Sturgeon retention on the Willamette and Columbia re-opens in October on Thursdays through Saturdays.

Lakes: Trout fishing prospects are typically very good in the Cascade lakes during October. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have opened Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes south of Florence to the harvest of wild (non-finclipped) coho through Dec. 15, or until harvest quotas are filled. The daily bag limit is one adult coho salmon and one jack coho salmon.

Marine zone: Bay crabbing should be good to excellent until rain drives the crabs out of the bays. Albacore tuna are still an option when ocean conditions allow fishing 20 to 50 miles offshore. Fishing for rockfish and lingcod along the coast is good to fair. The ocean is now closed to the harvest of cabezon. Clatsop County beaches, scheduled to re-open for razor clamming Oct. 1, remain closed because of high levels of domoic acid.

Hunting

Timely tips: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday in Salem to set 2007 big-game regulations and consider other wildlife-related matters. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at ODFW headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE. The agenda is available at: www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/ minutes/06/oct/index.asp.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Kokanee, which are landlocked sockeye salmon, can be seen spawning from early October through November at Odell Lake. The best place to see these colorful fish is in Trapper Creek on the west end of the lake.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

TUESDAY

GEARS: The Moab Skinny Tire Festival in Utah will be the focus of a slideshow and video presentation, 7 p.m., EWEB Community Room, 500 E. Fourth Ave., Eugene.

SATURDAY

City of Eugene: "Walking and Biking Summit," 8:30 a.m., Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus. Share your opinions on what can be done to make Eugene a more walkable and bikeable city. Details, registration: call 346-3889 or see www.eugene-or.gov/walkbike.

GEARS: 28- and 35-mile rides in the McKenzie View/Sunderman Road area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.

The Obsidians: Doug Nelson will lead a 30-mile Elijah Bristow State Park ride, and Sharon Ritchie will lead a 30-mile ride to Our Daily Bread in Veneta. Details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 30-, 60- and 80-mile rides to Mohawk, Wendling and Brownsville. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.

Birding

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: Birdwalk for beginning birders ages 6 and above, 8 a.m., at the Visitors Center in Charleston. Fee: $1. Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scope will be provided. Details, pre-registration: (541) 888-5558.

Boating

SATURDAY

G.I. Joe's: "Boat Winterizing 101" clinic by John Kunzman, noon, G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene.

SUNDAY

G.I. Joe's: Dave Rasmussen will conduct a boater education class leading to the certificate that, effective Jan. 1, will be required of Oregon power boat operators age 60 and under; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene. Fee: $15.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

Northwest Steelheaders: Dennis Richey of Oregon Anglers will speak on current fishery issues, 7 p.m., Eagles lodge, 1375 Irving Rd., Eugene.

Hiking

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Pat Adams will lead a 7.5-mile Canyon Creek Meadows hike and Barbara Revere will lead an 8-mile hike on the Erma Bell-Otter Lakes Loop. Details, signup at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Bob Huntley - 6-mile Eel Creek hike; Chris Stockdale - 12-mile Bunchgrass Ridge hike. Sign up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

SATURDAY

Eugene Tree Foundation: Alby Thoumsin will lead a two-hour "tree walk" to see the fall foliage on the University of Oregon campus, 1 p.m. in front of the Lillis Building, East 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street. Donations accepted.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Nature Guide Harold Schyberg will lead an "autumn elder walk," a gentle stroll for nature-loving seniors, 1 p.m., Arboretum Visitor Center, off Seavey Loop Road. Details: 747-1504. Suggested donation: $4.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: "Painting Autumn Trees," a four-hour workshop by Meredith Ferrell focusing on techniques for using trees for artistic inspiration, 10 a.m. Fee: $20. Details, pre-registration: 747-1504.

Walking

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Grand Island, near Dayton, for Volkswalks of 3.7, 6.2 or 8.7 miles at the "Pumpkin Patch Extravaganza" festival, 8 a.m., Willamalane, 215 West "C" St., Springfield. Details online at www.mossbacks.org, or call 726-7169 or 541-547-3949.

Step Beyond Walking and Running Store: Nordic Walking Clinic, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fee: $15, including pole rental. Register at The Step Beyond, 3365 E. Amazon Dr., Eugene (686-4494), or by e-mail at nwalk4life@ comcast.net.
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