Crater Lake offers ranger-guided snowshoe walksCRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK — Crater Lake National Park’s ranger-guided snowshoe walks take place on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays through April 26. They will also be offered daily from March 20 through March 29. Snowshoes are provided free of charge and no previous snowshoeing experience is necessary.
Walks start at 1 p.m., last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. Routes vary, but most walks begin at Rim Village and explore the forests and meadows along the rim of the lake. Along the way, participants discover how winter affects Crater Lake and the park’s plants and animals.
Space on each tour is limited and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park’s visitor center at 541-594-3100. There is no cost for the walk, apart from the park entrance fee of $15 per car. Participants must be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/crla.
Deadline to report hunt results is Jan. 31SALEM — Every hunter who purchased 2019 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, Jan. 31, for most tags, according to a news release.
Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased — even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game or turkey tag issued.
Hunters who fail to report deer and elk tags by the deadline will be penalized $25 when they go to purchase a 2021 hunting license. This penalty is assessed once, regardless of the number of unreported tags.
Hunters can report online via Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) licensing system at odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login, or by calling 866-947-6339 during ODFW regular business hours. Hunts can also be reported as of 2020 at a license sales agent.
In addition to the Jan. 31 deadline for all 2019 hunts, all hunts conducted between Jan. 1 and March 31 this year must be reported by April 15.
ODFW reports that as of mid-January approximately 226,000 hunts have been reported, with 247,000 yet to be reported.
Weekend fishing opportunities:n Anglers have been catching a few hybrid bass in Ana Reservoir this winter.
n Best bet for the Klamath area continues to be native redband trout in the Klamath River.
n With several water bodies icing over, anglers need to be cautious during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a personal flotation device in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice.
Game bird report:Mountain quail: Season will be open through January 2020. Best prospects for mountain quail are in the lower elevations of the Keno Unit in brushy areas. Access is good on Green Diamond Resource lands or BLM.
Geese: Goose season extends to Jan. 26 for Canada geese and March 10 for white-fronted, lesser snow and Ross’ geese.
Forest grouse: Season continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects are in the Cascade Mountains for both blue and ruffed grouse, although there are fair numbers of blue grouse in forested habitat in eastern Klamath County. Hunters are asked to provide a wing and tail from each grouse harvested and drop them off at the Klamath District Office on Miller Island Road.