UO anglers fish for regional title

A University of Oregon bass-fishing duo earned the school's third consecutive trip to the regional angling championships in the National Guard FLW College Fishing series.

The team of Ross Richards and Reed Frazier on Saturday won the tournament's Western division event at Arizona's Lake Roosevelt, catching five bass weighing 12 pounds.

For their effort, the pair won $10,000, of which $7,500 will go to the UO Bass Club and $2,500 will go to the school.

They beat a University of Arizona team that took second on its home lake.

College Fishing is free to enter, and FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team, along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

The next National Guard FLW College Western Division tournament is scheduled for May 7 at California Delta in Stockton, Calif. For more information, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

A newly empaneled Dog Training Advisory Group will meet March 7 in Salem to begin hashing out rules for field training of dogs and falcons that mesh with standard wildlife laws.

Representatives on the new 19-member advisory group include hunting-dog trainers, game-bird propagators, shooting-preserve operators, falconers, hunters, bird conservationists and Oregon State Police.

The group is expected to meet three times and draft training rules for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to consider in June.

The commission last month adopted a set of temporary rules that for the first time make many conventional field-training practices legal in Oregon.

They include the lifting of an April through August ban against dogs running free in game-bird nesting habitat while training on private land and training areas like those at the state-owned Denman Wildlife Area in White City.

The temporary rules also include a free permit for dog trainers who release pen-raised pheasants or quail and shoot them when training retrievers, provided the birds are marked properly and the shooter has all hunting licenses and necessary tags and validations.

Under previous law, no one could legally release a pen-raised bird without a permit — even on private land. And pen-raised birds released could not be shot legally outside of regular hunting seasons or special events, because the law did not differentiate between wild and pen-raised birds upon release.

The temporary rules do not apply to non-hunting dogs. Also, wild birds remain illegal for use in training.

Hunters who obtain the new release permit are urged to send a copy to ODFW so biologists can begin to understand how many dog-trainers are in Oregon's fields and where they go.

The permits are available at the ODFW website at www.dfw.state.or.us.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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