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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Turkey hunting season ends Sunday evening and late-season weather looks good for those with a tag left to fill. Toms are less talkative now that most of the breeding is over, but some big toms will be out on the prowl. Stay patient and work known roost trees. The calling action is best at lower elevations around orchards and near oak savannahs.

Southwest Oregon's spring bear season closes Sunday evening. Late-season bear hunting should be good because warm weather has bears out and more active now. Hunters should focus on clearcuts or natural clearings, grassy areas, orchards and commercial timber stands. The first few hours of the morning and the last few hours of the evening will be best.

Successful bear hunters must check in the bear's unfrozen skull at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices for tooth collection and measurement.

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.

Coyotes are bountiful and on the prowl during calving season.

DOUGLAS - Turkey hunting has slowed down now that most of the hens have bred. The season closes Sunday evening.