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Page 1 2 - March 21,2012 .]'non Starting this month, more than 314,000 chinook salmon are ex- pected to make their way up the Columbia River - an impressive spring return, if it happens. However, the actual numbers -Concealed Handgun License Class Held locally in Sweet Home. We license for Oregon, Utah, Arizona Carry legally concealed in 36 stales! Go to oregonconcealed.com look under "classes" to pre-register. Seating is limited for the event, so register before it fills up. Questions Please Call: (541) 570-0345 Friday April 13th .6pm Sweet Home Funeral Chapel Concealed often end up being very differ- ent than the early projections, and last year, none of the salmon stock returns lived up to'~the early esti- mates. According to Doug DeHart, a former Oregon Chief of Fisheries, the most common methods for these "educated guesses" haven't proven especially reliable in recent years. "These large error rates have led the scientific folks who do this stuff to have a whole series of little conferences about, 'What's going wrong here? Should we change how we project these numbers?'" The projections are used to set fishing seasons, make management plans for dams and hatcheries, and more. Over the last 30 years, they have been higher than actual returns 11 times and lower 19 times; only seven of the forecasts were close to the actual fish numbers. DeHart, who is a fisheries bi- QUALITY. PRECISION. SERVICE All Work 1000 Guaranteed Jeff Hutchins, Owner Read my articles in The New Er~ outdoors section. 902g HWV :94, COI V ,LLI : 541-752-.GUNS @pen: Tues & Fri 11-6 Sat 11-5 Closed Sun & Monday Closed Wed & Thursday for Gunsmithing New & Used Firearms - Quality Gunsmithing - Hot Bluin I: ologist, agrees it should be a good in damage to the property and loss year for salmon fishing, both spring of birds. and fall. He says there is always un- Persons found responsible for certainty where nature is involved, this type of criminal conduct can be although efforts to boost salmon charged with state crimes and be- survival appear to be working - most cause this is a form of domestic ter- notably, the additional water spilled rorism, could face federal charges. over the Columbia River dams as Anyone with information required by a court order, about this case is encouraged to call "The spills clearly produced the Linn County Sheriff's Office at additional survival. We saw it in the (541) 967-3911. The investigation juveniles and now we're seeing it is continuing. in the numbers of adults. It's an im- * * * * * portant addition, and one of the few The Oregon Fish and Wildlife new tools in the toolbox." Commission on March 9 approved Fish and. wildlife departments removal of the bald eagle from the in Washington and Oregon also Oregon Endangered Species List. credit good ocean conditions for Commissioners Called recov- improved fish survival. DeHart ery of bald eagles in Oregon a great points out that at least 80 percent success made possible through of the returning fish Originated in the cooperation of many agencies, hatcheries. The separate counts for landowners and other partners. Bi- the endangered, wild fish don't look ologists estimated a minimum pop- as impressive, he adds. ulation of 570 nesting pairs of bald "They,re the ones that are eagles in Oregon in 2010, compared ESA-listed and constrain fisheries, to just 65 pairs in 1978. The bald That's the big cha!lenge. And there eagle was removed from the federal the news is cautiously optimistic, list of threatened and endangered but not great." If the forecast of species in 2007, Bald eagles are still 462,000 returning fish for a differ- ~ proteCted under a number of state -ent salmon stock, the sockeye, is and federal laws. true, it would set a Columbia River In other action, administrative record, rules were revised for Oregon's Fish forecast numbers are from wildlife control operators, licensed the Washington Dept. of Fish & businesses that help landowners Wildlife and Northwest Sportsman deal with certain wildlife species magazine, that can cause damage (non-game, * * * * non-protected wildlife like squir- Linn County Sheriff's deputies rels, skunks, nutria, etc.). are investigating the illegal release The new rules clarify permit of Fhea~nts fi-om a local huntin~ and testin~ ~equirements, make ranch." handling certain species consistent Sometime during the night with current ODFW policy and lay of Wednesday, March 14, people out a permit cancellation and an ap- claiming to be affiliated with the peals process. North American Animal Libera- During the meeting, the win- tion say they entered the property ning artwork for ODFW's ill'st located at 40485 Queener Drive, Habitat Conservation Stamp was Scio. They damaged a pen which unveiled. The winning entry of a was holding the birds and allowed western meadowlark in Willamette the release of approximately 75 to Valley grasslands was submitted by 100 Chinese ring neck pheasants. Sara Stack of North Bend. The ranch raises pheasants for The new Habitat Conservation controlled release for the purposes Stamp gives Oregonians the oppor- of hunting and dog training. The tunity to purchase an annual stamp initial report indicates over $4000 to benefit conservation of Oregon's native species and habitats. Stamps will sell for $40 a year and will include an ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Permit (a $22 value). Rev- enue will be used to fund habitat conservation projects linked to the Oregon Conservation Strategy. Commissioners also selected a painting of sharp-tailed grouse by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana as the winner of the 2012 Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Con- test. Stamp sale revenues are dedi- cated to upland game bird manage- ment. Oregon fly-l shers - who can't seem to get enough of the sport - will have a full immersion experi- ence at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, Sat., March 31 at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Haw- thorne Blvd., Portland. According to Film Festival pro- ducers, "The International Fly Fish- ing Film Festival (IF4) will consist of 13 short and feature length films , about two hours - produced by professional and amateur filmmak- ers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. Fly-fishing topics scheduled range from steelhead in Northern British Columbia to chasing mul- tiple species in Costa Rica. Among the short and feature-length films slated to debut at the Portland venue are: Short Films Faceless lCZ'l~ Fishin~;: "'Pla~t B'" Ply Max 17'llms: Day for Gar' Humble Fisherman: "3 Times Gold- en" Rolf Nylander: "Trout Is All" Castaway Films: "Devil's Gold" Bud Productions: "California Trout" Peter Laurelli: ',Fly Fishing 'the Northeast" Sellfish where" Feature Films Media: "A Backyard in No- See Films, page 13 WE HAVE VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING YOU NEED| AMPING II I I, L F ALL YOUR S ORTING NEEDS H0 MAIN STREET, SWEET HOME I 541.367.5~!11 HOURS: MON.- SAT. 9- 6 I SUN. 10- 4