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Hunting Outlook

GENERAL - The Northwest Permit Zone closes Sunday. Freezing weather in the Willamette Valley will push more birds to the coast. Tillamook County goose hunting is now open on weekends after a 20-year closure.

JACKSON - Late-season blue and ruffed grouse hunting is open, but hunters must get a 2008 hunting license to participate. Grouse season runs through January.

Western gray squirrel is open year-round with no bag limit within parts of the Rogue Unit. Squirrels are found throughout this unit with only a few hunters taking advantage of this hunting opportunity. Squirrels will be found throughout the winter months in oak savannah habitat to conifer habitat types.

Look for mountain and California quail, blue and ruffed grouse while they search for their meal of berries and insects along gravel roads. Hunters targeting the blue grouse should look in upper elevations, openings and clear cuts.

Local waterfowl hunting has been slow, with a few birds taken on flooded areas of the Denman Wildlife Area.

DOUGLAS - Duck, goose, snipe and coot seasons remain open. Hunting ducks and geese in Douglas County should be very good because of an excellent local production and good migratory numbers this year. Nearly all waterfowl hunting in the Umpqua Valley is on private property, so hunters should obtain landowner permission before hunting. The season ends for waterfowl on Jan. 27.

KLAMATH - Heavy snow and icy conditions have made for poor duck hunting and most birds have left the region.

UMATILLA - Chukar hunting is closed in Umatilla County, but chukar hunting remains open throughout the rest of eastern Oregon. Success has been fair. California and mountain quail seasons have closed.