A new outdoor TV personality has stepped in the door of the Portland TV market.

“Oregon Outdoors”, organized by Mark Freeman from Medford, broadcasts a three to four minute segment on Wednesdays on KATU “The afternoon live” program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On a recent filming trip to record Columbia River Summer Chinook Salmon FishingFreeman said he was just getting started and hopes to produce longer shows for state markets controlled by KATU’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Freeman, 57, is in his 32nd year as an outdoor, news and reporting editor for the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper. His foray into video is funded by that newspaper’s parent company, Rosebud Media.

Full disclosure encourages me to affirm our long friendship. Freeman has won numerous National Writing Awards from the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America and we are both past presidents.

At this year’s conference in Vermont, he will add his first television award.

A half-hour show only appears Saturday night (11:30 p.m.) on KTVL television in Medford, but it and shorter 90-second segments are seen in northern California and from Klamath Falls to the coast. .

Freeman said 90-second videos are also available online at mailtribune.com and on Roku’s Rosebud Channel. Plans are underway to expand the online market.

While half of the shows are about fishing, “We’re trying to track the depth and breadth of the outdoors that we can do year round in Oregon,” he said. “All over the state. Topics for 11 segments produced since early April include various topics such as paddle boarding in Class 4 rapids, falconry, and eye training to spot wildlife.

As her first firecracker puts it, “Every week we go to a corner of this cool state of ours… and find fun people and places… along the way, we’re going to learn something… maybe accidentally. We sneak in some facts.

In addition to producing videos, Freeman also maintains a busy schedule as a newspaper editor.

“There is a huge difference between print media and television,” he said. “We micromanage every second of the show. It’s all there in front of you and you can watch it come together. Then it’s hours and hours of searching for your own mistakes. We spend a lot of time on beauty.

Unlike many hunting and fishing TV shows today, Freeman said all of his team’s work is filmed in real time, with no shots or staged scenes.

“If you can’t be believed on one thing, you cannot be believed on anything,” he said.

Salmon in hot water: Biologists find chinook salmon carcasses in the spring in the Clackamas River, possibly due to recent record heat.

And Sandy River temperatures are already at late summer levels.

Ben Walczak, district fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said recent cooler weather could improve conditions in the Clackamas, but high temperatures in the Columbia River put salmon in danger and are not as likely to decline.

That, he said, could set up a thermal block later this summer at Tongue Point, similar to conditions in 2015.

As for the Sandy, “I’m pretty worried about what might happen later this summer,” he said. “We no longer have the tools to get through a new heat wave or a significant drop in flow.

Big game regulatory meetings: Oregon biologists are online and on the road this month to discuss changes in big game hunting for 2022 in preparation for the Fish and Wildlife Commission decision on August 6.

The main issue will be a proposal to replace archery hunting with controlled hunting beacons in 14 units of northeastern Oregon (most of the Blue Mountains) and portions of two more.

Most meetings are held virtually on the Zoom platform. Western Oregon meetings are held Tuesday (including Clackamas) through Thursday. Check the schedule and link information at: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/big_game/docs/2021_big_game_public_mtg_schedule.pdf.

Comments on proposals and other questions will be taken into account. Comments can also be emailed to: [email protected]

Short castings: Also at the August 6 panel meeting, a proposal to lift restrictions on walleye in the lower Willamette River, Multnomah Canal and Gilbert River. The end of size and daily bag limits will mean uniform regulations for walleye across the state. Biologists have stressed the need to reduce potential predation on salmon, rainbow trout and Pacific lamprey … A full list of proposed changes to the angling regulations for 2022 will be released soon … The Ministry of Fisheries and Wildlife reminds lovers of knives of Thursday seasonal closure of all beaches in County Clatsop, which have already been closed for months due to domoic acid levels. When falling, they are always above the tolerances. Hopefully they’ll be safe by the end of the shutdown on September 30. The beaches south of Cape Lookout to California are open, with the best excavations in the Newport area.

– Bill Monroe

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