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Bend is a city in, and the county seat of Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon's largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, up from 52,029 at the 2000 census. The estimated population of the city as of 2013 is 81,236. Bend's metro population was estimated at 165,954 as of July 1, 2013. The Bend MSA is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.

Bend is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. Here the Ponderosa Pine forest transitions into the high desert, characterized by arid land, junipers, sagebrush, and bitter-brush. Originally a crossing point on the river, settlement began in the early 1900s. Bend was incorporated as a city in 1905. Economically, it started as a logging town but is now identified as a gateway for many outdoor sports, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, paragliding, helicopter tours and golf. In 2015, Men's Journal ranked Bend as one of The 10 Best Places to Live Now.

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  1. winterveil

    Public Outdoor shooting areas near Bend/Redmond, OR?

    Howdy folks, I'm going to be down in Bend for a weekend later this month and would like to find a place to go shooting with a few friends. I'm aware of Zimmerman pit, but that'll be a bit of a trek; we'll be Northeast of Bend/ southeast of Redmond and would prefer a spot closer to there...
  2. RVTECH

    Oregon  Bizzarre Shooting In Bend

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Bend man fatally shot a neighbor after the neighbor came to his house and open fired through a window, killing the man's roommate. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Monday that the neighbor, 31-year-old Tyler Herrick, initially entered the...
  3. clearconscience

    Elk die in avalanche near Broken Top, Bend

    19 dead elk found in Oregon were likely killed by avalanche, biologist says I’ve been hiking there several times, one of my favorite places, and I’ve never seen elk there. Plenty of deer though. Sad story for sure
  4. Tarawa86

    Surprising window signs in Bend

    Was a bit shocked to see these window signs in Bend of all places
  5. Chase89

    New from North Bend

    Actually been lurking around the boards for a bit soaking up good information. Long time shooter, new hunter. Also fairly avid fisher out of Winchester Bay especially in the summer and fall. Always looking for good info on hunting (hoping to make the most of this year starting with spring...
  6. Joe Link

    Oregon  Wyden in Bend: ‘I believe things are starting to change’ on gun control

    Wyden in Bend: ‘I believe things are starting to change’ on gun control
  7. Juany

    Portland to Bend

    I’m driving from pdx to bend this afternoon via hwy 20. I was considering doing some shooting along the way. Is there a good outdoor spot that is not covered with snow and not too far off Hwy 20 that someone would be willing to share? Any good public ranges in/around Bend?
  8. gozoner

    New to Bend OR from CA

    Just arrived, literally this weekend, to Bend OR from CA having fled, in part, 'gunmaggedon' (the inability to know/care if what I owned was legal or not...) - but also to set myself up for retirement in a few years and to share a new life with my wife, having raised two superb kids in CA. Been...
  9. P

    Hello from Portland/Corvallis

    Hi all! I am a current student at Oregon State University (Go Beavs), and reside in Portland for the summers. I am new to the site and wanted to introduce myself. I am a California native, raised in Bend, and went to high school in Portland. I like to think of myself as an Oregonian now...
  10. clearconscience

    In Bend and soooo disappointed, what happened?

    So I grew up coming to Bend for out family vacations and all my life wanted to live here so bad. But last year and this year have changed that idea. It seems to get worse every year from the californians and portland hipster/tree hugger crowd. I think it's time to finally stop making the...
  11. Joe Link

    Car-accessible shooting between Portland and Redmond (OR-22 / OR-20)?

    Heading out to pick up a gun today and I'm pretty excited. Curious to know if there's anywhere along the route accessible by car :)
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