The Oregon turkey hunting season is here and will last until May 31. Like big game hunting, a lot of knowledge and experience (not to mention good hunting knives) goes into a good turkey hunt, but for some hunters getting started can be a bit overwhelming. The following is a list of turkey hunting resources that you’ll want to read before heading out on a hunt. Even if you’re an experienced hunter it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the basics before going out.
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The spring hunting season is only a few weeks away, which means it is time to start making those much needed preparations! From renewing permits to checking your equipment, there is a lot to do before the big season starts. Here are three steps you should not skip if you plan on hunting in the Pacific Northwest this spring.
Forget the gun show – if you want hunting equipment, you can go to a supply store. And pass on the sportsman show – if you want to talk fishing knives or poles, join an internet forum. The REAL hunting-related tour this year is the Northwest Big Game Inc.’s 2011 Tour of the Northwest’s Heads & Horns Wall of Kings Display.As reported in the COAST article 2011 Tour of the Northwest’s Big Game Animals, the traveling Heads and Horns display “features record breaking trophy heads from across the Northwest”, including unusual and atypical horns of varying shapes and sizes.
Southern Oregon continues to see an unusually high case of rabies in local fox populations, a press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently stated.
According to the release, nine cases of rabid foxes have been reported in the Cave Junction area since the beginning of 2010. ODFW biologists and veterinarians have met to discuss concerns that this increase in rabies cases could be trouble for local pet populations.
Emilio DeBees, a public health veterinarian at the Oregon Health Authority, said that can be of significant concern for pet owners.
“In Oregon, dogs are required to be vaccinated against rabies,” he said. Cats are not, except in Multnomah County, but veterinarians strongly recommend they are also vaccinated.”
Rabies, a viral disease that attacks the nervous system of mammals, poses a low risk to humans. However, hunters, campers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are still at risk of infection if they come across a rabid animal. Along with traditional hunting equipment, it is important to bring a first aid kit and an emergency communication device, such as a cell phone or radio, in case you need to call for help.
It is also important to be aware of what a rabid animal looks like. Rabies symptoms include lethargy, walking in circles, loss of muscular coordination, aggressiveness, excessive saliva, and a lack of fear around humans. That means if you see a rabid animal, don’t try to scare it off – not even shouting, blowing a whistle, or shining an LED flashlight at it will get rid of it.
The press release suggested the following actions for those living in an area with reported rabies cases:
January is a perfect time of year to stay inside and keep warm, but for many outdoor enthusiasts that just doesn’t sound like much fun. Luckily, the following outdoor-related activities make for a perfect compromise! As you will probably notice, the theme of this month’s events are “Stay In and Learn!” Whether it’s tying flies or sharpening your hunting knife, there’s plenty of outdoor-related fun to be had indoors this month. Enjoy!
Attention Washington hunters! Do you have what it takes to be a MASTER HUNTER? Well, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has the program for you!
According to a press release, the WDFW is now accepting applications for its Master Hunter program. This program screens and enlists experienced hunters to help in controlled hunts in order to remove “problem animals” – any animal that has damaged property or been a threat to public safety. This can include wolves, bears, mountain lions, or any other animal that is known to be a threat.
Are you a hunting, fishing, or outdoor enthusiast? Do you live in the State of Washington? Do you get really excited about helping preserve your state’s amazing fish and wildlife? Well, then the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from you!
According to a press release, the WDFW will begin accepting grant applications on Dec. 1 for volunteer-based projects aimed at benefiting the state’s population of fish and wildlife. The grants will be funded by the Aquatic Land Enhancement Account and will provide reimbursement for volunteer projects that work towards the conservation of fish and wildlife or promote public enjoyment of the state’s native species. Both organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.