August in Oregon is an exciting time for hunters with the opening of black bear, deer, gray squirrel and elk season. Cougar season runs year-round. The best hunting trips—whether you go alone or with the guys—are the ones for which you are well prepared. This means making sure your hunting knives, rifles and shotguns are cleaned and oiled, bows are tight and your equipment is in good shape.
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There’s nothing quite like communing with nature in the way humans have done for millennia: on the hunt, in the Great Outdoors. Woodsmen relish the escape from civilization that hunting provides. Yet that same distance from society can prove deadly if the outdoorsman is unprepared. Every hunter should have the following five items when venturing into the wild this winter:
When we decided to design a new line of folding knives that would blow away the competition in terms of utility and convenience, we naturally turned to one of the most sought-after custom knife makers in the world – who also happens to live right in our backyard.
Ron Lake, a resident of Eugene, Ore., has been making knives for more than 40 years. His creations have earned him media attention, numerous awards and have even ended up in collections at the Smithsonian Institute and other museums. Recently, he applied his genius to designing our Rapid Response hunting knives, whose innovative Blade Assist Technology makes them some of the most impressive folding knives we’ve ever seen.
Our new Rapid Response knives are making their way around the globe and getting tons of positive feedback – most recently in a feature article in Knife World magazine.
These simple yet elegant folding knives, designed by custom knife maker Ron Lake, are notable primarily for their Blad Assist technology, a system “that’s unlike anything ever made before.” The roller-bearing design reduces friction and allows the knife to spring open smoothly and cleanly with just the nudge of a thumb.
People hunt elk for many different reasons. Some love the thrill of taking down such an enormous animal. Others enjoy providing their families with elk meat, which is often bountiful enough to last for months if one knows how to properly use a hunting knife and a deep freezer.
But elk hunting is more than just a fun way for hunters to use their guns and knives – it’s also an important way for fish and wildlife departments to balance our ecological and societal needs. As many farmers would be happy to tell you, elk hunting protects crops.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has recently increased the reward for information about poachers. You can now receive up to $500 for reporting these illegal hunters.
But you may be wondering: What counts as poaching, and how do I turn a poacher in? You could even be participating in activities that qualify as poaching, without realizing it. Remember, a poaching charge is a felony offense! Here’s a look at what counts as poaching and how you can turn in poachers: (more…)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has initiated a new regulation concerning youth hunter safety. Starting Aug. 1, 2011, all “hunters age 17 and under are required to wear a hunter (fluorescent) orange exterior garment or hat when hunting game mammals or upland game birds (except turkey) with any firearm.”
This means minors will need to wear some kind of blaze orange garment or patch in all hunting situations that involve guns. What you can wear depends on the context, so make sure to review the ODFW rules before your next hunting trip.
Spring turkey hunting season in Oregon ends May 31, which means many sportsmen are headed to woods to try and bag a last-minute bird. With so many hunters around, it’s especially important to take as many safety precautions as possible, such as:
Don’t stalk a turkey. You’re more likely to get shot yourself than to bag the bird.