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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

Storm-downed trees may block forest roads for awhile

The high winds with last Thursday's storm blew over trees throughout the Willamette National Forest, and officials said it may be some time before all roads closed by downed trees can be reopened. Ranger district officials said the limited crews they have available would focus their efforts on opening main roads first. Check with local ranger district offices for updates.

OSP seeks public's help in solving deer-killing case

Oregon State Police game officers are asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for killing a buck deer in a populated area near Crow last week. The deer was on private property near the junction of Vaughn and Smidgely roads Thursday when it was shot by occupants of a dark-colored vehicle about 10:30 or 11 p.m., near the peak of the windstorm that passed through Western Oregon that night. The poachers took only the buck's head before driving away. Anyone with any information regarding the vehicle or its occupants is asked to call trooper Martin Maher at 726-2536, Ext. 424. Information may also be submitted through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hot line at (800) 452-7888. The TIP program offers up to $250 for information leading to the conviction of deer poachers.

Marine Board nixes N. Fk. Siuslaw, Illinois rule changes

The Oregon State Marine Board last week opted to maintain the existing boating rules on the North Fork Siuslaw and Illinois rivers. Petitioners had sought a speed restriction on the Siuslaw tributary and a restriction on motorboat operation on the lower Illinois River during low summer flows. In both cases, the board decided more effort should be put into education and enforcement of existing rules. On the North Fork Siuslaw River, the law enforcement presence will be increased between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15, when the fall salmon fishery is active. In addition, "Don't Wake Me" signs will be provided to concerned landowners. In other action, the board raised the fee charged to replace a boater education card from $5 to $8.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Some bright chinook were still being taken on north coast streams between storms last week; but for the most part chinook angling is over except on the south coast, where the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers continue to get some fresh fish. Winter steelhead angling should start to become productive when flows are at reasonable levels in those coastal rivers that get early runs. For example, more than 50 steelhead had returned to the Alsea hatchery last week, so fish are present throughout that river system. Winter steelhead are also starting to move over Willamette Falls, meaning it won't be long before some begin showing in the catch on the Santiam River. Real-time river-flow information is available online at: waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/current?type=flow .

Lakes: Junction City pond was stocked last week with excess brood trout from the Roaring River Hatchery near Scio; many of the big bruisers that were released weighed more than 12 pounds, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dexter and Dorena and other flood control reservoirs should be fair to good for holdover rainbow trout. The special coho salmon season on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes ended Friday.

Marine zone: Angling for rockfish and lingcod has been good off the south coast when the ocean is flat. Crabbing is also good.

Hunting

Timely tips: Still looking for a holiday gift for that hard-to-please sportsman? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests a gift certificate that can be redeemed for 2007 hunting and/or fishing licenses. The certificates are available at sporting goods stores license agencies.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Bird watching opportunities in and around the Coos Bay area continue to be good. Viewing on the bay is best at high slack or low tides.

- 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

SATURDAY

GEARS: The Eugene road biking club plans 50- and 65-mile rides toward Poodle Creek. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Detailed route info: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 23-mile ride to Alvadore. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

Hunting

WEDNESDAY

Oregon Hunters Association: Meets upstairs in the union hall at 1116 S. A St., Springfield, 7 p.m. Details: 747-3985.

Nature

THURSDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Join other nature and literature lovers for "Winter Solstice Nature Readings," 5:30 p.m. at the Arboretum's Visitor Center, located off Seavey Loop Road. Bring your own writings, works by your favorite authors and poets, or just come to listen. Suggested donation: $2. Details: 747-1504.

Paddle sports

TODAY

Oregon River Sports Paddle Club: "White Elephant" Christmas party and potluck - bring a white-elephant gift to exchange and a favorite dish for dinner, 6 p.m., ORS, 3400 Franklin Blvd. Details: 334-0696.

Snow sports

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Lana Lindstrom will lead a 5-mile cross-country ski trip at Big Lake, and Scott Hovis will lead a snowshoe outing in the Maxwell Butte area. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

MONDAY

The Obsidians: Sue Wolling will lead a snowshoe and cross country ski trip to Gold Lake. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St..
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