JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - General season rifle hunting opens Saturday with the prospect of rain and cool weather giving hunters a rare edge for opening weekend. Blacktails remain at high elevations, with places such as Mount Ashland and the Grizzly Peak area likely to be crowded. Beat the brush, and get away from roads for best success.
Blue and ruffed grouse numbers are about average for upland gamebird hunters, as are mountain quail.
Hunters who kill a mountain quail are asked to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each mountain quail at the local ODFW office. Use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of mountain quail parts and include the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.
This marks the last weekend for the Fee Pheasant Hunt at the Denman Wildlife Area in White City. The hunt ends Friday, Oct. 7. Fresh birds are planted in the evening after shooting hours.
Migratory dove season closed Friday.
DOUGLAS - The general rifle season starts with deer hunters working the Rogue/Umpqua Divide area or hanging lower on private lands looking for bucks. Expect to find bucks on north slopes and in green-up areas.
Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range.
Crow hunting opens Saturday, and hunters can expect an average year. Crow are abundant and widely distributed on the Umpqua Valley floor. Hunting crow is a challenge, with most being on or adjacent to private lands.
Furbearers have their harvest season closed, but the pursuit season is currently open for bobcat, fox and raccoon.
COOS - Deer numbers are up throughout Coos County, but the increase is best in the Sixes and Powers units. Opening weekend will improve with rain.
Parts of the Elliott State Forest are closed to vehicles and access.
Whale migration along the Oregon Coast is winding down. However, you may still see gray whales with calves in close to rocky areas like Cape Arago near Coos Bay and Face Rock near Bandon.