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- August 8, 2012 OUTDOORS Page 15 Hunters survey questions ODFW antlerless tag sales In a recent survey of more than be sold after the deadline. 2,000 Oregon hunters, conducted By an 84o-1 margin, sur- by the Oregon Hunters Associa- vey respondents backed proposed tion, a majority said the Oregon rule changes supported by OHA Department of Fish and Wildlife that allows hunters to hunt bear offers too many antlerless tags for and cougar after filling their elk or deer and elk statewide, risking re- mule deer tags. They also support- ducing big game populations to ed allowing cougar and bear hunt- unacceptably low levels ing during elk and deer seasons by An overwhelming majority people not in possession of a deer said no antlerless tags should be of- or elk tag. fered in wildlife management units Hunters responding to the that are below management objec- survey also supported the require- tives for that species, ment for youth hunters under 18 to Antlerless tags refer to tags wear blaze orange clothing while hunters purchase to hunt female hunting, and believe the Oregon deer and elk. Harvesting females Department of Fish and Wildlife during the fall hunting season has would manage wolves in the state an affect on the overall population better than the U.S. Fish and Wild- because it also reduces the number life Service. of young animals born the follow- * * * * * ing spring. An agreement between two If too many does or cows arecentral Oregon landowners and harvested, the population may drop ODFW's Access and Habitat Pro- to lower levels than desirable, gram will provide 'By-Permission' In other survey results: public hunting access on a total of A majority of hunters sup-15,000 acres for pronghorn, elk, ported a later opening day for deer and cougar beginning with the youth antlerless elk hunts that cur- 2012 hunting seasons. rently open on August 1. Many are In addition to the hunting op, concerned that cows should not be portunities, more than $500,000 in taken in August when they may grants from the U.S. Department still have calves at heel. of Agriculture will be used to fund By a 2-to-I margin, hunt- wildlife habitat improvements ont ers oppose recent rule changes by he properties. ODFW to allow big game tags to The Aspen Valley Ranch Hunt- ing Access is located east of Prin- eville near Post in the Maury Unit. The 8,000 acres will be available to hunters on a By-Permission res- ervation basis during hunting sea- sons through 2016. Hunts include archery deer and elk, rifle deer and elk, and cou- gar. This land also provides access to 480 acres of landlocked public land. The Dixie Meadows Hunt- ing Access east of Prineville in the Ochoco Unit. The 7,000 acres are also available to hunters on a By-Permissi0n reservation basis, through the 20i4 seasons. Hunts include archery/rifle deer, bull elk and antlerless elk and rifle hunt for pronghorn and cou- gar. Reservations for both prop- erties opened Monday, Aug. 6. Contact Meg Eden for information about reservations at (541) 460- 2266 Monday through Friday be- tween 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on lands enrolled in the A&H Program, con- tact (503) 947-6317 for a copy of the A&H Private Lands Hunting Opportunities Packet, which pro- vides access details and contact information for both "Welcome to Hunt" and "By-Permission" prop- erties. Photo courtesy of Rachel Maqatish John-Luke Maqatish, 6, discovered what he thought was a great horned owl in his family's back-yard apple tree last week. His mother Rachel said the owl was perched on a branch at midday, with its eyes fluttering open and shut and turning his head "almost 360 degrees." The family contacted the Chintimini Animal Reserve, which sent a volunteer to check the bird out. She said the owl was a baby, dehydrated and in need offood. She took it back to the center, in Corvallis, and Rachel Maqatish said it would be returned to their yard and released "when he is.feeling better." - ,qg From page 14 they could double as hazelnut crackers. That problem has been largely remedied in recent years. The other problem is they just don't have the same "feel" or classic look of the S&W version, l only have two Ruger D.A. revolv- ers and probably 15 or so Smith & Wessons. That "feel" and nostal- gia only gets you so far, though. I have literally shot 4-inch .44 Mag- num S&W revolvers to death. Not blown-up, just worn out. When S&W introduced the .44 Mag. cartridge jointly with Rem- ington in 1955-56, they just used an existing revolver with minor improvements and better metal- lurgy. That's why the design won't tolerate abuse or heavy use. In fact, I had a Ruger .44 Magnum Redhawk made of stain- less steel come in my shop a few years ago that was in unbeliev- able condition; and not in a good way. It looked like a cougar with carbide teeth had been chewing on it. The sights were literally ripped off, the grips were ground down to nubs with huge gouges out of what was left of them and the weirdest thing was that there was some sort of melted plastic in the chambers, it was in sad shape and something strange wag going on here. I asked the gentleman who brought it in what the deal was. He responded, "I bought it from my buddy for $100." "OK, but what happened to it?" was my response. "Well his wife got mad at him so she tied it to the bumper of her car and drove down the road with it bouncing along behind." he said. "And then she filled the cylinder full of hot glue." ,briefly thought about asking what his friend did to elicit such a response from his wife but then I decided I didn't really want to know. damage. I'd always regretted not Before he left it with me I taking pictures of the gun the first knocked the hot glue out of the time I had it in my possession but I chambers and it just popped right didn't make that mistake twice. out of the well polished holes After the photo session I without incident. Then I checked took it totally apart, bead blasted the timing and lock up and it was the entire thing, reassembled it perfect! Later I filled all of the dis- and installed its third set of grips. placed metal out of the recesses for That's another reason to name it the sights, replaced them with new Christine - it goes through grips ones, recrowned the barrel and in- like a '58 Plymouth Fury goes stalled rubber grips. It looked terri- through tires (that's the model of blebut it still did everythingjust as car Christine was in the Steven well as it ever had.The new owner King novel/movie). picked it up and 1 thought I'd never So if you are in the market for see it again, a reliable, virtually indestructible About five years later I did double-action revolver, get a ver- see it again. The grips didn't look sion of Christine for yourself. Just too good and there was a blackish make sure to get an older one so scummy gunk all over it. you'll need me to do a trigger job "Now what has happened toon it - otherwise I'll never see it. this poor thing?" 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