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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Late-season turkey hunting can be good because fewer hunters are in the woods and the turkeys have had a chance to settle down. Good morning weather is forecast through the weekend, creating good calling conditions for those working over talkative birds. The calling action is best at lower elevations around orchards and near oak savannahs.

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 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices for tooth collection and measurement. The season ends May 31.

Hunting for western gray squirrels remains 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. Stick to the oak savannahs.

Bear hunting remains good as the season draws to an end. Hunters should focus on open meadows early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Coyote hunting has been good this spring. Coyote numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon.