Hunting Outlook: Oct. 29, 2009
JACKSON - The general rifle season for blacktail bucks remains open through Nov. 6 and late-season success should be very good. Mature bucks are already showing signs of being in the rut, so add some doe scent to your clothes for a little edge. Start looking for deer at mid- to low-elevation areas and consider doing some antler-rattling to get the big bucks interested.
Waterfowl hunters are doing fair around private ponds and along the Rogue River corridor. Fields at the Denman Wildlife Area will be flooded when rain provides enough water to inundate the fields.
The fall turkey season is open and fall tags remain on sale. Hunters can buy two tags here this fall. Flocks are scattered around timber stands and oak savannahs throughout the Rogue Valley. The birds are in large flocks now, and the best way to hunt them is to break up the flocks and then wait for the toms to return. This year's bag limit is two turkeys.
KLAMATH - Early waterfowl hunting has been good but should be improving as more weather moves into the region. Cold weather in Canada is getting the migratory birds moving now. There are plenty of ducks scattered around the basin. Water levels at Klamath and Agency lakes are low and access remains difficult.
Controlled first-period Rocky Mountain elk seasons opened Wednesday. Elk are scattered in small groups on summer range areas. Weather is key to improved elk hunting conditions.
DOUGLAS - Fall turkey hunting is best at mid- and low-elevation areas, particularly around oak savannahs. Most of the turkeys are in big flocks on private lands now, so ask permission.
Late-season rifle hunters should be able to find some bucks now that they are in the rut and more active.
LAKE - Chukar season is open and early season success has been fair. June rains created poor nesting success, but most of the adults re-nested and the chukar numbers are fair, though lower than the 10-year average.
SUMMER LAKE - The last weekly bird count available Wednesday was from Oct. 21, when the count found about 39,000 ducks and 8,700 geese. The hunting prospects for this weekend remain fair to good, with the new storm front likely helping success.