SALEM – The Oregon Department of Transportation wants the public’s help as it undertakes a major planning effort to identify improvements to the Oregon Coast Bike Route (OCBR), a popular bike route that runs the length of the Oregon coast. Public input is a key part of the OCBR plan, and will set the stage for improved safety, accessibility and enjoyment for residents, visitors and all users of the route.

    Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 6,585 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 261, Osage with 201, and Pike with 193 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total was 7,773.

    Deer season is in full swing across the state. Hunters will be taking to the fields and woods in search of a big buck and some venison for the freezer. With two sets of holidays approaching, deer hunters may venture out of state for additional hunting opportunities.

    When he was 4 years old, Blake Gibbs, now 18, starting fishing with his dad. The pair would often fish around Neely Henry lake and some private ponds. Later, after moving to Piedmont they fish on Weiss Lake. Gibbs likes to fish for bass, crappie, catfish and carp.

    Like most youth, Dave McWhorter, 70, of Anniston learned about the outdoors from his dad. McWhorter began hunting when he was 13 years old after his dad retired from the Navy. On a dove hunt, McWhorter was the “dove fetcher.”

    Sean Wadsworth, 22, of Munford is a big fan of camping, hiking and fishing. He enjoys camping for the alone time and getting back to nature. For Wadsworth, hiking provides a good form of exercise. He said that while hiking you can discover some spectacular views, especially around Mount Chea…

    One of the largest undertakings of any hunting land improvement is developing food plots. Hunt clubs and leases utilize food plots as a supplemental food source for deer and other wildlife. The ideal plots will provide nutrition to help sustain wildlife when other food sources are scarce.

    During the summer, bass retreat to the cooler depths in lakes and rivers across the state. Creek channels and river ledges become the favorite hideouts for bass seeking some reprise for the sweltering southern sun. Although some bass will move shallow to feed, most of their summer is spent l…

    Elisha Burdett, 14, of Alexandria enjoys doing just about anything outdoors. About four years ago, he learned to ride a bike. This was something really special for Burdett. He is non-verbal autistic and communicates by using a special communication device, which looks like an iPad but is muc…

    In 1938, Alabama took the initiative to become the first state to outlaw alligator hunting. In 1967, the American Alligator was put on the endangered species list. Through conservation efforts and protection, alligators have flourished throughout the Southeast — even more so in recent years,…

    Madison Wyatt, 15, of Delta, is a tough competitor in the outdoors. She enjoys mountain and road bike racing along with running, camping and kayaking. Riding the mountain bike trails, she is in the woods and the road biking takes her along the back roads.

    Like most young boys, Russ Sapp learned about hunting and fishing from his dad and papa. The trio would fish small ponds for anything that would bite and put a tug on the line. Sapp was 5-years-old when he started fishing. Now 23, the Lincoln resident said he loved being in the outdoors.

    This year’s Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell, S.C., is complete. Billed as the Super Bowl of bass fishing, this one was exciting down to the final fish. Alabama angler Jordan Lee became only the third angler in 48 classics to win back-to-back. It’s a feat that may not soon be broken.