▶️ Expanded hunting opportunities on Hart Mountain Refuge

Plans to expand hunting opportunities on national wildlife refuges are moving ahead with new hunting seasons scheduled this fall. On this week’s edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely takes us to the nearest refuge impacted by the changes, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, in remote southeast Oregon, where some hunting already occurs.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

Restoring salmon and steelhead into the Upper Deschutes

Fisheries biologists are studying the effects of an artificial high flow event on the Crooked River last weekend. It’s part of an effort to restore salmon and steelhead runs into the upper Deschutes basin. On this edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely shows us the reasons and research behind the “pulse flow” event.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Trail Etiquette: 101

As spring arrives and people head outside to shake off cabin fever, trail use etiquette becomes more important than ever. On this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely reviews trail use etiquette during the corona virus pandemic.

Contact the Central Oregon Trail Alliance if you’d like to help build and maintain trails.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Where to fish during the stay-at-home order

Fishing season opens today on three of Central Oregon’s largest lakes: Crane Prairie, Odell and Wickiup. But, closures of public facilities limits access to a few private resorts. On this week’s edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely takes us to one of the few places anglers can legally launch a boat without violating the governor’s stay-at-home order.

People who violate closure orders in developed campgrounds, boat launches and picnic areas may be ticketed, however the U.S. Forest Service says it is seeking voluntary compliance. It is still legal to visit undeveloped areas and camp in dispersed campsites.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Restoring fish populations in the Upper Deschutes River

Important steps are being taken this year in the efforts to restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Deschutes River basin. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely takes us to a smolt acclimation pond on Whychus Creek near Sisters.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Changes in Boating Regulations

With warmer weather, we usually expect an increase in boating activity on local lakes and rivers. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely reminds us of changes in Oregon laws that affect all boaters, people-powered and motorized, for when we can get back on the water. For now, please stay home and save lives.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Social Distancing in the Outdoors

Easy access to the outdoors is one of the hallmarks of the Central Oregon lifestyle. But as we’ve been reporting, national and state parks are closed, and access to National Forests is restricted to slow the spread of coronavirus. So, how and where are outdoor-loving people supposed to go to get their fix of fresh air and exercise? On this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely reveals places that are still open and accessible.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

The Great Outdoors: Fishing Trout at Lake Billy Chinook

It’s time to live vicariously through Brooke Snavely in this week’s Great Outdoors. You might be trapped inside doing your part to contain COVID-19, so sit back and enjoy as Brooke takes us hunting for the elusive bull trout of Lake Billy Chinook.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Paddle Sports in Central Oregon

Winter is in the rear-view and in just a few short months it will be nice enough to jump in and enjoy water sports. In this edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely shows that just about anyone can enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding in Central Oregon.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: The Latest in Aluminum Fishing Boats

If you are in the market for a boat, the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show that begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center, is a good place to look. On this edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely explores trends in aluminum boats.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.