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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - The youth deer and elk hunts open Saturday and run through New Year's Eve. Blacktail numbers are up locally, as are buck numbers. Look for deer in lower-elevation areas, especially around oak savannahs and brushy fields.

Youth elk hunters can expect decent success, with elk congregating in lower elevations. Most elk now, however, are on private lands and hunters are encouraged to check with landowners in the preseason for hunting access.Bear hunting throughout Southern Oregon has slowed. Bears should be foraging heavily before winter sets in. Hunters need to locate food sources such as acorns, green grasses and grubs.

Turkey hunting remains somewhat slow. Hunters have had success in ambushing or scattering flocks and using the lost call as they begin to regroup. A reminder that either sex can be hunted in the fall, tags remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.

DOUGLAS - 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 ranges. Success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail.

KLAMATH - On the Lower Klamath Refuge, duck hunting in grain fields has been fair in recent days. Unit 7A and Unit 11B are open to field hunting this year. Duck hunting in Lower Klamath marshes has been fair in recent days with ice up in most units.

All goose hunting is closed in Klamath County through Dec. 21.