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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Turkey hunters should be able to call in the wayward tom still looking for a hen, and the hot weather forecast for this weekend should help early morning hunters. Try not to over-call at this time of year.

Bear hunters are finding that the animals are getting more active now, with high-elevation grassy areas and young timber stands drawing the interest of hungry bears. All hunter-killed bears must be checked in at local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices. Early mornings and evenings are best as the temperatures begin to increase. Be aware of sows with cubs; it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.

DOUGLAS - The spring turkey season continues through May 31. Many gobblers have been taken this season. A lot of the hunting pressure has dropped off, so now is a good time to find your turkey since few hunters are still afield. In general, most turkeys are found on or adjacent to low- to mid-elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat.

COOS - Bears are becoming active with warmer conditions and the time of year. Hunters are reporting seeing bears in clear cuts and on slide areas feeding on grass. The most popular method to hunt bears in spring is spotting them with binoculars and spotting scopes then stalking them.

There is limited opportunity to hunt turkeys in Coos County. Birds are distributed in relation to agricultural lands. The densest populations are generally found in eastern Coos County near agricultural lands.