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ODFW to set bird hunting regulations

SALEM — The 2015-2016 bird hunting regulations and an update on efforts to simplify the 2016 fishing regulations will top the agenda when the Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday, Aug. 7 in Salem.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The full meeting agenda can be found here: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/15/08_august/index.asp .

The Commission will be asked to adopt 2015-16 bird hunting regulations. Among the major changes being proposed from last year are:


Steelhead/salmon workshop on Aug. 8

SALEM — The summer steelhead season is just around the corner, and ODFW is partnering with the Sandy Chapter of the NW Steelheaders to sponsor a summer steelhead and salmon fishing workshop on Aug. 8 at the Sandy River near Portland.


Azalea course an ace with golfers

Sid Pearson throws from the tee box during the Azalea Park Double Round on Saturday.

The freshly-minted disc golf course at Azalea Park was a smash hit with the approximately 15 golfers that competed at Saturday’s inaugural event, the Azalea Park Double Round.

The course, which opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, hosted its first tournament which featured pairs of competitors playing two rounds of best-throw disc golf on the 9-hole course. 

The pair of Barry Jones and Jesse Johnson won the event by shooting 13-under-par, three strokes ahead of the second-place duo of Ian Hannum and Jef Hatch (-10).


Rare fish caught off the Port of Brookings Harbor

Photo by Larry Ellis/Curry Coastal Pilot

Steve Wallace from Escalon, California slew the fatted tuna on Friday plus this colorful 65-pound Opah, a fish that is rarely caught off the coast of Oregon and by anglers in general.. Also called “moonfish,” opah tend to be solitary but are known to school with tuna. 

ODFW seeks public’s help in shaping 2016 sport halibut fishing season

NEWPORT — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking anglers and other members of the public for their input on the 2016 sport halibut seasons and regulations at two public meetings to be held in August.


ODFW offers summer hunting courses

SALEM — Parents, keep your kids occupied this summer and get them ready for fall hunting. Register them for a hunter education class or field day happening around the state in August and early September.

ODFW offers two types of hunter education classes: a traditional classroom experience or independent study, which kids can do from home via workbook or online course. Independent study students also need to attend a field day to receive their hunter education certificate. Both types of classes take about 12 hours to complete.


Azalea Park course officially opens

Course designer Austin Dunn (center left wearing hat) cuts the ribbon with Boy Scout Ethan Warner to oficially open the Azaela Park Disc Golf Course on Wednesday.

When Austin Dunn arrived in Brookings as part of AmeriCorps’ R.A.R.E. (Resource Assistance for Rural Environment) program, he set forth on a daunting task: create a disc golf course on the grounds of Azalea Park.

Now, 11 months later, Dunn’s dream has become a reality as the Azalea Park Disc Golf course oficiially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Wednesday.

“I think the course is fun. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out,” said Dunn. “I spent so much time designing and going back and forth that to actually get to play it was surreal.”

Dunn, along with Boy Scout Ethan Warner, were surrounded by city employees, friends, family and fans as they cut the ribbon to officially open the park, which has nine holes spread in and around the park grounds.


Tuna cruise near Brookings; tie your own spinnerbait/anchovy rigs

Ron Northcutt from Escalon, California and Richard Bacus, from Virginia City, Nevada caught the first tuna out of the Port of Brookings Harbor last Sunday. The two intrepid tuna hunters were fishing between 20 and 25 miles from port on the way to “Three Humps”, a popular albacore high spot off the California/Oregon coast.

Last Sunday and Monday were the first days in several years that anglers were able to slay the fatted albacore while exiting the Port of Brookings Harbor.

While scoping out the terrafin.com website several days before, tuna buffs decided it was about time to go looking for albies. While only between 20 and 25 miles from port, on the way to the famed Three Humps high spot, anglers found albacore between the 124-degree, 40-minute and 124-degree, 50-minute lines of longitude while staying just south of the 42-degree line of latitude.

The schools were reported to be scattered, with anglers catching between two and 12 tuna each, on both hand lines and rods-and-reels using tuna clones in the colors zucchini and Mexican flag.

Keep your eyes peeled on the terrafin web site because as of Thursday, there was a hard chlorophyll break in the same area, with blue water on the outside meeting warm water on the inside. Fishability will depend if the wind kicks up, so keep your eyes on the National Weather Service’s and Magic Seaweed’s web pages.


Young threepeats as Cedar Bend Ladies champ

Cedar Bend Ladies Club Championship winners: Jessica Young (left) and Sharon Guinn.

With a target on her back, Gold Beach’s Jessica Young played smart, strategic golf to overcome strong winds and win her third consecutive title at the Cedar Bend Golf Course Ladies’ Club Championship on Wednesday.

“It feels really good,” Young said following her victory in which she shot a 154 two-day total 6-over par that included five birdies, three in the final round. 

The former Gold Beach High School golf star had to overcome strong wind conditions, as blusters reached upwards of 20 mph on Tuesday and 26 mph at the end of Wednesday’s final round.

“It was pretty difficult. It was about two to three clubs up or down depending on the shot,” said Young regarding her strategy for dealing with the gusts. “Where I would usually hit an 8-iron, like on hole three, I’d hit a 6-iron, so it was a little more difficult.” 


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