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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE — Turkey hunters looking for public access can work the Jackson Cooperative Travel Management Area, especially the Boswell Mountain area west of Highway 62 near Shady Cove and the Camel Hump area east of Shady Cove.

Bowhunters are now working the Evans Creek and Rogue units while muzzleloaders are hunting in the Applegate Unit. Blacktails are now in the rut, so antler-rattling is a good way to bring in curious bucks. Deer have moved into lower winter-range areas already, so concentrate on oak savannahs and areas with younger buck brush. Hunters found wet conditions last weekend and more rain is forecast for Friday, providing good stalking conditions for muzzleloaders.

The popular Southwest Cascades muzzleloader hunt runs through Friday in the Rogue and Dixon units.

Local waterfowl numbers are good and migrating birds already are starting to show. Hunter success will depend on storms to make birds fly and bring more birds into the area. Flooding of fields on the Denman Wildlife Area has begun, but more rains are needed to expand seasonal wetlands there.

Turkey season remains open, with flocks moving closer to the Rogue Valley floor. Most drainages around Jacksonville, Gold Hill and Eagle Point are rich with turkeys this fall.

The fee pheasant hunt on the Denman Wildlife Area is closed, but hold-over birds are there for regular pheasant season, which runs through Dec. 9.

KLAMATH — Wetland habitat conditions are very favorable across the entire Wildlife Area with nearly all units being well flooded. Hunting permits are required on the Miller Island Unit for all hunters and are available at the check station located on Miller Island. The check station opens 90 minutes before waterfowl hunting hours. Hunting here is open on odd days in November and December, and even days in January. Free daily hunting permits are available at the check station on hunt days. All units on the Miller Island Unit are open to hunting with a maximum of 35 hunters in each of three units (A, B, and C) until 1 p.m., when there is a mandatory check-in.

Chukars will not be released in the Lower Klamath Hills Regulated Hunt Area this year.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA — Last week's waterfowl hunting was poor because of unfavorable weather conditions and the southern migration of birds. Hunter averages ranged from a high of 1.04 birds per hunter to a low of less than one bird per every two hunters on Monday. Total duck harvest was down 40 percent compared to the same week last year.

DOUGLAS — Fall turkey hunting remains good, but most birds are on private lands. There are some good public-access spots such as the North Bank Management Area off North Bank Road northwest of Roseburg. It is closed to vehicle traffic, so walk-in hunting is good. Also try the Illahae Rock & Dry Creek which is located 45 miles up the North Umpqua Highway and in the Jackson Creek drainage near Tiller.