Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Oregon Controlled Draw Results

The results for Oregon's controlled hunts are now available online at this link. ODFW
I am rather disappointed as I only drew my buck tag and having 4 points towards my elk tag I thought this was going to be my year, well I figured wrong. So next year I will have 5 points for my elk tag and again I will be cautiously optimistic. I will have 9 points for Antelope also. It takes about 12 points to get the tag I am choosing for Antelope. Well I am getting closer and that counts for something.

Otherwise not a whole going on. Been cutting firewood preparing for next winter and staying busy in my shop. Also doing my best to get in some road bike cycling when the weather permits. It continues to be unseasonable cool and wet this summer. Highs in the upper 40's today with rain and snow at higher elevations. I have been living in Central Oregon since 1993 and haven't seen a Spring this cold, windy and wet as this one. It does bring up concerns for gallinaceous birds and the survival rates of their broods this year. It has been a late season for Mule deer does dropping their fawns too. I hope the weather gets warmer and we actually have a summer this year. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Gulf Oil Disaster

Seldom if ever do I wander into political topics on Women's Hunting Journal. I purposely steer clear because I do not like politics, to me it is humans acting badly. At this time though I find myself outraged at what has taken place in the Gulf of Mexico. While I can no longer watch the TV coverage of the devastation because it brings me to tears. Footage of oil covered birds gasping for their last breaths of life affects me deeply and I know this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding species affected and the massive carnage that has and will continue for many months, if not years to come. The back door deals and political handshakes covered with greed all to increase the bottom line and an individual or group whose ego's are horribly out of control. These are a few of the reasons why I dislike "politics".

The damage being done has wiped out livelihoods for the entire Oyster and Shrimp industry, and that which it supported. I feel there will be a greater hole left as a result of families relocating to try to find a job so as to support their families. The Gulf will never be the same from this day forward. While the oil continues to gush from the depths of the ocean the tsunami at the top is just beginning. There will be more than just a ripple effect from this disaster I feel.

I just read a recent post at Women's Outdoor News about the NWTF establishing The Gulf Coast Conservation Emergency Fund to help during this horrific crisis. Thank you NWTF for establishing this fund. I am scouring the internet for like mined organizations such as Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited to see what their involvement will be. Delta Waterfowl has sent a letter to Sect'y of The Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and BP President Lamar McKay stating their position, read more. Ducks Unlimited has issued their statement as well, read more. I commend these organizations for their involvement and hard work preserving the fragile habitat which so many species call home.

I feel that those of us who blog about our love of the outdoors have a special connection to our natural world. A connection that not everyone understands or feels in their soul, certainly not BP and the associated greed mongers of our human population. I have thought about Casey at Wandering Owl Outside and how he feels about this, as he is a volunteer for Amphibian counts which are already disappearing at an alarming rate. Those of you who are in America's Heartland will undoubtedly feel the impact before those of us on either coast. Jody at The Hunter's Wife and Jenn at A Blessed Crazy Life come to mind first. I know there are hundreds more in the heartland, yet these are 2 that I frequent the most.

On a closing note I hear the outrage from local people in the region although I have wondered where the rest of the country's rage is? I haven't heard it as yet. I am fully outraged with this disaster and at the same time feel quite inadequate as to what I can do to help. Perhaps it is time to read again Terry Tempest Williams book titled Finding Beauty In A Broken World, yes I believe I will do just that. She is an amazing writer addressing the most serious issues that life offers us. Through her writings of life's all encompassing experiences, I am able to glean a bit of solace. Sadly the title rings true. We will get beyond this disaster and I hope that we as a nation learn from it and take appropriate action to preclude this from happening again, my fear is that history will repeat itself as is the case more often than not.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nosler Plant Explosian

I was meeting with some friends in town yesterday afternoon when I heard about the explosion. The Nosler factory is on the west side of town (Bend,OR). You could feel the explosion several miles away and fortunately no one was hurt. Read more.

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