The Oct. 27, 1952, issue of the Argus-Observer reported that a 46-year-old pheasant hunter from Medford, Oregon died of a heart attack during the opening hours of the season.
Harold H. Hise, an accountant, was felled by the heart attack while hunting on the Cecil Shane ranch about ten miles from Vale. His wife had accompanied him to Vale for the opening of the season but remained in town when he took to the fields. His remains were shipped to Medford for services.
Other hunters found themselves confronted by the usual charges of trespassing. Sheriff John Elfering told the paper that at least three property owners filed complaints with the district attorney's office on charges of trespassing.
Vale Justice of the Peace Mary Graham issued $25 in fines and $4.50 in court costs against each of four hunters --- two from Staten, Oregon and two from Vale --- for shooting from a highway.