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Hunting Outlook: Dec. 24, 2009

JACKSON - Youth controlled elk hunts are in full swing in the Rogue, Applegate, Evans Creek and Chetco units, and they run through Jan. 3, 2010. About 50 percent of tag-holders should be successful in bagging their elk. Not a lot of big, branch-antlered bulls are normally taken in this hunt. Focus on low-elevation areas, especially if young hunters can get permission from private landowners hosting the herds.

Waterfowl hunters are doing fairly well around private ponds and along the Rogue River corridor. The Denman Wildlife Area fields are filling up and are attracting more waterfowl. Most Rogue Valley ponds holding ducks and geese are on private land, so make sure to ask permission before going hunting.

Fall turkey and black bear hunters are entering the final weekends of their hunts. Turkey flocks remain scattered around timber stands and oak savannahs, with toms and hens separated.

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 are still low and access remains difficult. Good local goose numbers are available, with many of them on private fields.

COOS/CURRY - Hunters report seeing many green-winged teal and American widgeon. There are also large numbers of northern pintail along the south coast. Most hunters do best by hunting the incoming or outgoing tides because the birds often move with the tides. Decoys set on the down-wind side of grassy islands in the bays will attract ducks.

DOUGLAS - A few controlled elk hunts are scattered throughout the district, and success should be fair to good.