Hunting Outlook: April 22, 2010

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Turkey numbers appear to be above average, with most turkeys now in low- and mid-elevation oak and fir stands near clearings. Turkeys are feeding on green grasses and insects. Use locator calls before light or after dark to locate roosting trees, then set up in an area of their travel and begin calling as light approaches.

Spring bear hunting has been somewhat slow, though bears have been more active earlier this year than normal. Good bear numbers exist throughout the area, with bears now in timber stands eating the fresh bark. No more bear tags are available for the spring hunt.

DOUGLAS - Turkey hunters can expect an excellent season in Douglas County, which again has created some solid turkey flocks. Last summer's chick/poult counts were above the 15-year average, with 6.3 poults per hen. Coupled with a mild winter that helped foster good survival rates, this year's season should be above average. Hens are getting on the nest so toms should be responsive to gobbling between storms.

The Umpqua National Forest and Elliott State Forest are both home to solid black-bear numbers, and hunting around younger timber stands should be good.

COOS/CURRY - Turkey hunting is slow and effort is light, with a few birds taken in the Powers area, as well as the upper Pistol River drainage. Bear hunting has been good in the Dellwood area.

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