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Hunting Outlook: Dec. 17, 2009

JACKSON - All general elk seasons are closed, but a few controlled hunts — largely on damage-causing elk in lower elevations — are open. Success should be good. Youth controlled elk hunts will begin Saturday and run through Jan. 3, 2010, in the Rogue Unit. Success should hover around 50 percent of tag-holders getting their elk.

Waterfowl hunters are doing fair around private ponds and throughout the Rogue River corridor. The Denman Wildlife Area fields are starting to fill and are attracting more waterfowl. Most Rogue Valley ponds holding ducks and geese are on private lands, so make sure to ask permission before hunting.

The fall turkey season is open through Dec. 31., and a few tags remain on sale. Hunters can buy two tags here this fall. Flocks remain scattered around timber stands and oak savannahs throughout the Rogue Valley.

KLAMATH -Waterfowl hunting continues to be fair to good on a mix of local birds and early migrants. Plenty of ducks remain scattered around the basin. Water levels at Klamath and Agency lakes remain low and access remains difficult. Good local goose numbers are available, with many of the birds on private fields.

DOUGLAS - Late-season bow hunting is now closed in the Siuslaw Unit. A few controlled elk hunts are scattered throughout the district, and success should be fair to good.

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 before heading out to hunt.