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Roseburg Woman Dies in Hunting Accident

Frerich #2MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — A Roseburg woman was killed in a hunting accident in Douglas County Thursday.

The sheriff’s office has identified the 20-year-old victim as Rachel Frerichs of Roseburg.

It happened in the 4000 block of Clarks Branch Road, about 10 miles north of Myrtle Creek.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the Rachel’s father, Don Frerichs, accidentally shot her.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing their investigating.

Douglas County Fire Restrictions

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — More than 35 million Americans will hit the road for the upcoming holiday weekend the unofficial end to summer, but there are some restrictions in place if you plan on heading to area forests.

The continuing hot and dry conditions have caused the Douglas Forest Protection Association raised the fire danger level from high to extreme Monday.

An extreme fire danger level means that a fire, if sparked, can spread quickly. For those planning on camping in the forests this weekend, you’ll need to be prepared.

“So with fire season in Douglas County, we have a regulated use closure in affect and under that regulated use closure, there are no campfires unless it is in a designated campground approved by the DFPA,” said Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist.

For those who are hunting this weekend, you may run into restrictions.

“Other things that are restricted include exploding targets and tracer ammunition. That was a law that was passed this year by the state. It’s a statewide thing when a fire season is declared,” Reed said.

But not all land in Douglas County is at the extreme fire danger level. Lands in the Umpqua National Forest are at a high fire danger level, which means campfires are allowed.

“So if you do go camping we ask that you keep you campfires to a designated fire ring or at least in a clear spot if you’re camping in a dispersed site,” said Cheryl Caplin, Umpqua National Forest Spokesperson.

For those planning on bow hunting, the Umpqua national forest advises to stay away from a portion of its land.

“Our forest is open with the exception of a small area that is at the very north end of the Cottage Grove ranger district, about 4 miles west of Oakridge. That area is closed, so you can drive through it but you can’t get out and walk around,” Caplin said.

The closure is due to the Deception Complex Fire. So far, more than 800 acres have burned in the Willamette National Forest and as the fire grows, it’s getting closer to the Umpqua National Forest.

For more information on closures, click here or here.

Corbett Reminds Individuals of No Jogging at Refuges

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If you’re in the area of a Willamette Valley refuge and planning to take a jog, you may want to be careful where your tracks take you, as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy assistant regional director has issued a reminder that jogging/running is prohibited within these areas.

Miel Corbett of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service felt the need to remind individuals of the odd rule after many had inquired about a sign that read “no jogging” at one of the trailheads of Baskett Slough refuge. Though this sign does not figure prominently at all the parks, the no jogging/running rule is one that has been in place for a few years, and for good reason too.

A trail at Baskett Slough (willamettelive.com)
A trail at Baskett Slough (willamettelive.com)

One of the challenges with jogging is that it could have an adverse impact on wildlife in the process of breeding,” mentioned Corbett in an article in the Statesman Journal. “Activities with higher speeds can be disruptive and cause stress to the animals. We identify compatible uses on a refuge by refuge basis — we just look at which activities are best for each one.”

While hiking remains permitted at several Willamette Valley refuges, the no jogging policy has been enacted at the Baskett Slough, William L. Finley, and Ankeny refuges.

As of right now, warnings are being issued to individuals caught breaking this rule, with fines also being a potential punishment for violating the no jogging policy. Jogging at these areas of recreation and wildlife join a list of prohibited activities that include biking, pets, and horseback riding.

While hunting is restricted and prohibited for most of the year at most locations, it is permitted in the fall at Finley.

Scouting for Spring Bear

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Scouting for spring bear
Scouting for spring bear

If you were timely enough to score a first-come, first-serve spring bear tag this year then there’s only one thing on your mind these days: Ursus Americanus, a.k.a. black bear.

Oregon is the place to be if you’re a bear hunter because it is where approximately 30,000 bears inhabit 40,000 square miles of territory. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) issues 4,000 tags for the SW spring bear hunt. ODFW intends for the hunt to help maintain black bear populations in southern Oregon. The SW spring bear season opens on Monday, April 1.

There are plenty of bear in southern Oregon but don’t let the numbers fool you. If you plan to have a successful bear hunt this year you can’t spend these last couple weeks before the season opener sitting on your couch. Put down the Dorritos, dig your hiking boots out of the closet, make peace with your significant other and get in the woods. You aren’t going to cross paths with Yogi by accident (that only happens when you’re deer hunting). You have to get out and scout.

Into the Wild:  To fill a SW spring bear tag you have to hunt in southwest Oregon, which is where we went to scout. It was me, native Oregonian Jake Norton and a truck full of camping gear. The goal was simple: traverse a series of notoriously remote backwoods roads that snaked through prime bear country, set up camp, and start looking for bear sign.

For the hunter accustomed to stalking fall bear in northwestern game units, southwest Oregon presents an entirely different landscape. It is dry, red-colored earth spreads out beneath fir trees, and there is wide-open space for miles. This is perfect for bear hunting because a great deal of a bear hunter’s time in the woods is spent behind the “binos,” glassing far-away slopes for black dots. Eventually one of those black dots moves, and you realize it’s a bear… that’s when the fun starts. But there would be no such fun on this adventure. It was a reconnaissance mission through and through. By the time we got to the mouth of the trail system we would be scouting in, it was early afternoon and we were greeted with a friendly sign that let us know just how deep in the bush we were venturing.

a sign

Boots on the Ground:
Traveling on forest service roads deep into no man’s land is a bumpy, unpredictable experience. After making our way around fallen trees and boulders, careful not to pop a tire or hit a log, we came to a closed gate. From there it was packs on the back and boots on the ground. We were met with the challenge of snow, which pretty much cut our chances of finding bears or bear sign in half. Oregon’s spring bears aren’t usually very active until the snow begins to melt and their food sources thaw out.

Slightly discouraged, we cut across a ravine to another series of old logging roads and set up camp. We spent the fast-approaching evening consulting our maps. We planned for the morning and cooked a delicious fireside meal that consisted of turkey chili, more turkey chili and some cheese tortellini from a military MRE (meal ready-to-eat) pack. When morning came we started climbing. For the record, this is the part where I discovered that Norton is part mountain goat. Keeping up with him was a humbling experience, and I am far from out of shape.

mine

The best place to look for bear early in the season is on south-facing slopes where the snow melts first. We crested a ridge and glassed slopes for hours using powerful binoculars and a spotting scope. The snow told stories. Animal tracks crisscrossed and faded. Norton and I followed coyote tracks to where some unfortunate chipmunk or squirrel made its last stand. We found old bear tracks, and tons of deer sign. But no bear.
Walking the ridgeline and dropping into another drainage, we found an old mine. I clambered up to peer inside, hoping to find bear sign. What I discovered was the wooden carcass of a dilapidated mining cart. Our trek back to camp would have been disappointing if it weren’t for the fact that we were still surrounded by an absolutely breathtaking expanse of white-capped wilderness. The bear weren’t out yet and we’d have to try again in a week or so.

The Things They Didn’t Carry: The drive back was as pleasant as it could be considering that we had to return to civilization. We ran down a checklist of things that would make a long hunt in that country easier.

  1.  Moleskin: because blisters are real and boots can be unforgiving.
  2.  Diaper ointment: when the weather warms up, poison oak will run rampant. Sure, you should learn to identify poison oak and stay away from it, but just in case… this stuff helps.
  3.  Wind checker: you should always have one of these with you, even on a scouting trip. Knowing which way the wind is blowing and what time of day it is blowing that way can be the difference between tag soup and a big bear. Bears have an incredible sense of smell, and you must heed this at all times. Your local rod-and-rifle store should carry wind checkers, but if you want to go DIY you can get a squeeze bottle and fill it with some unscented talcum powder.

The most important thing to carry with you into the field is fierce determination. Mother Nature doesn’t give up one of her own without dishing something back in return. If you want to hunt black bear in southwestern Oregon, you will need patience and persistence. Get out there to scout. Keep watching those slopes.

March 14 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

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A Springfield man who was driving drunk when he crashed into another car earlier this year took a 1/2 day vacation at Catch and Release Central before he was let go...9 months, 29 1/2 days early.  How did Lane County end up unable to fulfill it's most basic duty?
A Springfield man who was driving drunk when he crashed into another car earlier this year took a 1/2 day vacation at Catch and Release Central before he was let go…9 months, 29 1/2 days early. How did Lane County end up unable to fulfill it’s most basic duty?

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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A bright start today with rain chances increasing as the day progresses.

An upper level ridge of high pressure (Shaded “Arch” shape) has strengthened a bit, re-growing its hump, keeping the rain away longer than expected.  An upper level trough of low pressure (Shaded “U” shape) behind the ridge is pushing to position itself along the coast to return the rain chances. A cold front will approach the Pacific Northwest and push in Saturday (position shown is for Sunday) increasing the chances for rain.

[gn_spoiler title=”ADVISORIES” open=”0″ style=”1″]NONE AT THIS TIME[/gn_spoiler]

High: 60
Low: 39
Forecast: A mix of clouds and sun this AM, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain this afternoon (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain in the evening, a slight (20%) chance of showers late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible), a slight (20%) chance of AM showers, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Friday afternoon (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday night, a (30%) chance of AM showers, a (40%) chance of rain Saturday afternoon, then cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Saturday night lows near 46-39 highs 60-58. Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Sunday, a slight (20%) chance of showers at night, a mix of clouds and sun Monday, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Monday night, rain Tuesday, then mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Tuesday night and Wednesday highs near 55 lows near 40. (seasonal averages high 56 low 37).

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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February 4 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

The Blue River Dam may once again be getting an upgrade to it's power generation capabilities.
The Blue River Dam may once again be getting an upgrade to it’s power generation capabilities.

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  • Female UO Student Grabbed by Unknown Man
    The University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD) issued a Campus Crime Alert stating that a woman was grabbed early Saturday morning when she was walking back to her apartment near 19th and Harris. The individual who grabbed the female student is curr…
  • Speeding victim returns to work
    Tucker Bowman goes back to work Monday. That may not seem like much to others immersed in the daily grind, but returning to his job is momentous for Bowman and his family. Last June, a speeding car struck Bowman while he stood in the street near his no
  • Blue River hydroelectric generator sees revival
    The Blue River Dam may soon see the addition of a long-anticipated hydroelectric generator. Qualified Hydro 15, LLC, of Boston, has been issued a preliminary permit to begin their initial stages of work on the dam.
  • Police Searching for Unidentified Woman
    The Springfield Police Department has asked anybody with information about an unidentified woman to contact them. Their interest in the woman is currently unknown.
  • Hunters face fines for failing to report
    Thousands of hunters of deer and elk in Oregon are facing fines for failing to report their hunting results under a mandatory program passed by the Oregon Legislature
  • Improvement plans for Willamette to be unveiled
    The City of Eugene will release its initial draft plans for the renovation of Willamette Street between 19th and 24th on Tuesday night during an open house at Washington Park Cottage
  • Commissioners to hear appeal on permit for rural events center
    The Lane County Board of Commissioners will hear on Tuesday the appeal of a temporary use permit granted to a controversial rural events center south of Creswell. River’s Edge Events, a fledging business that caters to outdoor weddings, anniversa
  • Oregon women’s basketball drops another one at home
    To say it was a rough outing for the Ducks would be an understatement. Not only did they lose their ninth conference game on Sunday to No. 6 Cal, to remain at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings, but they continue to get blown out in convincing fashion
  • Professional Bull Riding Returns to Eugene
    The Professional Bull Riders returned to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday night as they treated fans to some of the best bull riders in the world. Crews working the event have been busy, having to load and remove all the rodeo materials inbetween two O
  • Matt Triplett wins Professional Bull Riding Competition at Matt Knight
    Professional bull riders from around the world competed Saturday night at Matt Knight arena for the PBR tour. Montana native Matt Triplett walked away with the title after staying on 2 of his bulls for over 8 seconds.
  • Hundreds take the polar plunge: ‘It means a lot for people to do this’
    Over 300 people took an ice cold dip in the Willamette River this morning for the third annual polar plunge. The event raises thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics competition this summer
  • UO Women’s Tennis improves to 4-0
    The Oregon Women’s Tennis team is off to a hot start on the season as they won each of their first four games. Most recently, Oregon defeated Gonzaga and Portland State and will now take on Air Force and Portland. more…
  • McKenzie girls win on the road

    Makaila Hiddleston scored 14 points to lead the McKenzie 30-21 win over Columbia Christian in nonleague girls basketball on Saturday night. Shyla Harlan added four steals, two assists and five rebounds. Boys basketball nonleague Columb
  • OSU pins Roadrunners for sixth straight victory

    Pins by Mike Mangrum, RJ Pena and Taylor Meeks carried Oregon State to a 35-7 wrestling victory over Cal State Bakersfield at Gill Coliseum on Saturday night. Mangrum, the highest-ranked Beaver at No. 3 in the nation, pinned Timmy Box
  • Eugene native Dunham scores split-decision win at UFC 156
    Evan Dunham wanted a takedown. He wanted a takedown something fierce. He never got one, going 0-for-7 in that often-crucial department. But an effective striking attack on Saturday was enough to get the Eugene native a split-decision
  • Rupp falls short of American record
    Former Oregon standout Galen Rupp finished second in the 3,000 meters and fell short of the American record in the 3,000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix track and field meet on Saturday. Rupp finished in 7 minutes, 33.67 seco

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Tim Chuey Weather:

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Today will be like the past week weather-wise, but there will be a change coming at night and Tuesday.

 

An upper level high pressure ridge (the shaded “Arch” shape) is flattening (weakening)  allowing a frontal system, at least the cold front, to move in today bringing back the rain chances tonight. That’s when low pressure (shaded “U” shape) in the Gulf of Alaska takes over sending storms our way. Another frontal system will approach the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday continuing our rain chances.

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High: 48
Low: 36
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with areas of fog this AM, mostly cloudy this afternoon, a (20%) chance of evening sprinkles, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain late tonight, rain Tuesday AM, showers likely (60%) in the afternoon and Tuesday night, a (40%) chance of AM showers, a good (50%) chance of rain Wednesday afternoon, then rain likely (70%) Wednesday night highs near 48 lows near 36. Mostly cloudy with rain Thursday, showers likely (60%) Thursday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday, partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday, then mostly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday highs 44-48 lows 34-32. (seasonal averages high 50 low 35)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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Living the Family Business – Part 2

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— Beckie Jones, EDN


In Part One of this story we introduced you to Scott, Tiffany, Braxton and Kazden Haugen a unique and close family that has turned their love of the outdoors and hunting into a flourishing international media business. Having traveled the world and hunted game in places most of us have only read about may lead one to think of the Haugens as trophy hunters, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The Family that hunts together cleans and packs it out together.

As well known as Scott is for his hunting prowess and wisdom, Tiffany is equally well known for her books; her cookbooks. With recipes like Spring Bear Stroganoff, Kale Smoothies and Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread, these aren’t Rachel Ray style cookbooks, no offense to Rachel. Tiffany has nine books to her credit, covering everything from smoking game meats (Smoke It), to plank cooking (Plank Cooking), to her latest offering on how to use highly nutritious alternative flours called The Power of Flour. The entire family may bring home the bacon as it were, but Tiffany is the expert when it comes to “frying it up in a pan”.

Looking around the giant room in the family’s home, stuffed with bears, deer, antelope, rams, lions, a zebra, a peacock and several things most of us would have a hard time naming,

These mounts aren't just trophies, they were meals.

Tiffany said, “We’ve eaten just about everything that’s in here.”

It’s important to the Haugens that they only hunt what they’re going to eat.

“That’s what we live off of. I don’t buy any domestic meat unless I’m doing recipe development or somebody wants pork tenderloin or something,” Tiffany said.

Tiffany develops her own recipes, from quick and easy to gourmet. But it’s not all about meat for her. A purist and a health nut, Tiffany’s blog and books include recipes for berry syrups, pickles, salsas and vegetarian cooking. She also writes about properly canning and freezing meats, vegetables, fruits and sauces.  Tiffany often works out of the family’s kitchen, doing recipe development for her upcoming cookbooks. Her kids and neighbors are her taste-testers, and she serves dinner several different ways most nights.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to just shop in the freezer – Elk, deer, game bird, pheasant, quail, chuckers, ducks, geese. This meat is organic, it’s free-range. It’s the best stuff for your body,” Tiffany said.  The family does all their own preparation, too.

Tiffany's recipes are about more than just game - like this Honey Vanilla Blackberry Syrup.

“When you butcher it yourself, you’re the only one who’s touched it. When it comes time for cooking, you might have to add a little olive oil, but at least you’re adding a healthy fat, because most game is real lean meat. It’s nice to know that you did it all,” Tiffany said.  “Don’t go buy chicken if you’ve got venison in your freezer. Use it up. Even if you’re eating deer every night of the week, you can eat it so many different ways. We’re fortunate to have so much variety (here in western Oregon).” Tiffany said.

The dinner table conversation the family’s livelihood provides often centers on what it is they’re eating – Mom’s elk, Braxton’s zebra or Kazden’s wildebeest from Africa.

“So that becomes the favorite. Everybody at the dinner table is like, ‘Whose deer is this? or ‘Whose bear?’ It’s neat because they’ll try anything.” Tiffany said.

One of Tiffany’s favorite recipes mimicks the “turducken,” where a chicken is stuffed inside of a duck which is stuffed inside of a turkey. Tiffany puts her own spin on it with “turk-pheas-quail,” or something to that effect, and she packs sausage cornbread stuffing in between each layer of bird.

Braxton's Zebra

“It was incredibly moist. It was the most amazing meat you’ve ever tasted. I wanted to put in a hummingbird, but it’s not legal to get those,” Tiffany laughed.

When they first tried zebra, “None of us wanted to like it, but it was so tender. You know when you get prime rib and it’s just fork-tender? That’s how it tasted,” Tiffany said.

“Minus the fat,” Scott added.

Aside from the zebra, some of the more exotic catches have included lions, rhinos and peacocks. Despite the family’s adventurous tendencies and taste buds, there’s one type of meat Tiffany has no plans to feature in her cookbooks any time soon. Recently, Braxton came home from a men’s get-together at their church, announcing he just tasted the best meat of his life.

Rotisserie Nutria.

For more information on the Haugen family business:

scotthaugen.com
tiffanyhaugen.com

Living The Family Business

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Braxton, Tiffany, Kazden & Scott Haugen

If you would’ve told Tiffany and Scott Haugen back in the first grade that one day they’d be married and jet-setting around the world, they would have probably laughed at you, then went looking for cootie spray.  But that’s exactly the path their lives took, with a few minor detours.

Yes hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen, this is THAT Scott and Tiffany Haugen.  To catch the rest of us up, Scott has been featured in dozens of shows in more than 30 countries in the past 10 years, tracking almost every type of game imaginable. Scott’s books on hunting and fishing are specialized by region and type of game, domestic to exotic. Scott also hosts a show on the Outdoor Channel called Game Chasers and his family is often featured hunting alongside him or stirring a pot with the latest catch. Often Tiffany completes episodes of The Game Chasers with unique recipes and cooking segments on some of her husband’s catches. Birds, deer, elk, bear and salmon are all covered in Tiffany’s books as she takes the meat from field to table, including cleaning, cutting and cooking.

How did these two kids from Walterville end up as arguably the power couple of Lane County?

“She lived about a mile up the road this way, and I lived about a mile down the road.”  Scott says with a characteristic smile.

Spending their elementary and junior high years in the same class at the tiny Walterville school, the two couldn’t exactly steer clear of each other, but hardly took notice either. They graduated from Thurston High School together, still distant friends. Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree at University of Oregon, and Tiffany earned hers at Oregon State. It was a get-together at the Lane County Fair with Scott’s cousin, who was also Tiffany’s roommate, that started the spark that has resulted in 22 years of marriage, 2 sons and hundreds of thousands of fans.

Before they were married, Scott told Tiffany that he wanted to move to Alaska and live with the Eskimos.  Finding they possessed kindred adventurous spirits, Scott and Tiffany moved to Alaska shortly after they were married.

“We lived a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska. All the game we took care of ourselves, and ate,” Scott said.

“You had to. There were no stores or anything. If you wanted to eat, you went and got your food,” Tiffany added.

Having fished and hunted with his family growing up, Scott relished the opportunity for a new venue where he could scope out different game.  After seven years in tiny tundra villages,

“We knew it was time for a change, and we thought, ‘Well, why not make the most extreme change we can?'”

So they did. To Indonesia. A 208-degree difference on the particular day that they signed their contracts with the school in Sumatra where they would be teaching.  For two kids growing up in tiny Walterville, their adventurous spirit had to come from somewhere, and they both agree it started right here.

“I grew up hunting and fishing here. And that’s one thing we get asked a lot – ‘You’ve been to all these cool places in the world. Why do you live here?’ (It’s) where we grew up, and we just like the outdoors. You can hunt and fish something every day of the year if the rain doesn’t bother you,” Scott said.

“We have the best in the country – the salmon and steelhead and trout and all the other fish, and all the birds and big game,” Tiffany said.

After spending 199 days straight (in Alaska) in negative 40, 50 and 60-degree weather with the wind chill factor, “I’ll take rain any day,” Scott said.

His first forays into what has become the family profession began with an article he wrote on sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River. Then Cabela’s called to offer him a guest-host position on its ESPN show. Today Scott writes more than 100 magazine articles a year for Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, and other hunting and fishing magazines. Together Scott and Tiffany have written and published dozens of books on hunting and cooking a variety of fish and game. The Haugens decide where they go and what they hunt for the show. But with Trijicon, one of the world’s biggest scope companies as his sponsor, Scott is on the big game track regularly.

“The western big game flavor, that’s what they want,” Scott said. “What everyone in the country wants to do is come out here and hunt deer and elk, but very few people get the chance to do that, so we take it to them on the tube.”

As little boys, the couple’s sons Braxton and Kazden, helped narrate and co-host Game Chasers. Now 11 and 9, respectively, they sometimes do entire segments of the show by themselves. Braxton has even started editing alongside the show’s producers, using professional software like Final Cut Pro.

Braxton & Kazden wielding their new (at the time) hunters safety cards

“They both have been shooting TV since they were like 2. (Braxton is) pretty dialed in. He’s been around it so much, he knows exactly what he needs to do. He’s very camera aware,” Scott said. “And everything that they have hunted has been with TV cameras (rolling),” Scott added. “They usually have one or two TV cameras with them. So it’s not just one person in the woods, so it makes it much, much more difficult (to hunt).”

The couple said even though the boys miss out on some school when they head to work with Dad, “They’re learning how to work hard. It’s not just fun running around out there,” Tiffany said.

With both their parents holding Master’s degrees in education, the boys don’t exactly get off easy while away from the classroom. They’ve prepared their own Power Point presentations while on location, and shared them with the entire school upon return.

Braxton & Kazden in Africa

One year Braxton and Kazden held a Tiny Toy drive at their school, where they collected miniature action figures and tiny dolls before heading to Africa. They packed one suitcase full of 50 pounds of toys, and took them to remote villages, refugee camps and schools in Africa, handing them out to children whose eyes widened at the sight. Some of them had never even seen a toy. The boys took pictures while passing the toys out, and shared that, too, with the kids at Walterville School.

“Whenever we take the kids places, we try to get them in to experience the culture,” Scott said.

It’s rare enough to see a marriage last 20+ years, even more rare when the couple works together, but for this local family, it’s the family business and the shared love for the outdoors, hunting and nature that seems to be the key to familial harmony.

Tomorrow, in part two of our time with the Haugens, we go inside the family home and get a feel for why their books, shows and adventures are so popular.