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  • Light harvest marks opening weekend of deer season

  • Opening weekend of the black-tailed buck rifle season came and went in typical fashion, with warm and sunny skies casting a pall over buck-shooters' success in the woods.
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  • Opening weekend of the black-tailed buck rifle season came and went in typical fashion, with warm and sunny skies casting a pall over buck-shooters' success in the woods.
    Successful deer hunters were widely scattered around the Rogue Valley on Saturday and Sunday, but reports found scant numbers of hunters tagging bucks.
    "The harvest was pretty slow," says wildlife biologist Steve Niemela from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Central Point office. "The weather certainly didn't cooperate."
    Cameras set on key deer-migration routes have shown little movement of late among Southern Oregon's migratory blacktail herds.
    By mid-week, a cold front had descended upon Southern Oregon, bringing with it cooler temperatures and cloudier days but only a slight chance of rain by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
    If the old adage is true, and "what's bad for sunbathers is good for hunting," the woods could become more conducive to buck hunting during this first leg of the two-part general season.
    "We'll see how it goes," Niemela says. "Now that we have a cold front, it will improve things."
    The general deer season for rifle hunters is Jackson County's most popular hunting season, with anywhere from one in four to one in five hunters bagging a buck in the process.
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