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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Turkey hunting remains good at lower elevations around orchards and near oak savannahs. The windy weather should keep the birds a little quiet until the weekend. Hunting over decoys has been consistently good.

Southwest Oregon bear tags are sold out. Bears are feeding in open grassy meadows and busy turning rocks. Focus on early mornings and late evenings along south-facing slopes. Successful bear hunters must check in the bear's unfrozen skull at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices for tooth collection and measurement.

Predator calling has become one of the best methods for cougar hunters. Focus on spring deer-migration trails for best success.

Hunting for Western gray squirrels is now open, but only in a portion of the Rogue Unit. Check the regulations synopsis for details of the open area. It is open there year-round with no bag limit.

DOUGLAS - Turkey hunting remains very good, with many hunters already done for the season. A lot of the hunting pressure has dropped off so now is a good time to find your turkey since fewer hunters are still afield. In general, most turkeys are found on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat

COOS - Coyote hunting has been good for those using predator calls, but luring in coyotes in thick brush can be challenging.