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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE: The general rifle season for blacktail bucks ends Friday, followed Saturday and Sunday by a youth-only rifle hunt. Most deer have migrated down to lower elevations. Look for bucks near oak trees eating acorns or on the edges of brush fields. Don't forget to set your clocks back Saturday night. Hunters awaiting the Southwest Cascades controlled muzzleloader hunt that runs Nov. 10-16 can prepare expecting good success in the Rogue and Dixon units. The snows and shooting from the general season have elk heading off high-elevation forest lands. In the Applegate Unit, the general coastal bull-elk season begins Nov. 10. There are pockets of elk scattered on ridges between the Applegate Valley and Ashland and around the back side of Mount Ashland.

The Green Dot road closure in effect during the Roosevelt elk season has subsided for the year.

Local waterfowl numbers are good and migrating birds are already starting to show. Hunter success will depend on storms to make birds fly and bring more birds into the area. Flooding of fields on the Denman Wildlife Area has begun, but more rains are needed to expand seasonal wetlands there.

Turkey season remains open, with flocks moving closer to the Rogue Valley floor. Most drainages around Jacksonville, Gold Hill and Eagle Point are rich with turkeys this fall.

The fee pheasant hunt on the Denman Wildlife Area is closed, but hold-over birds are there for regular pheasant season, which runs through Dec. 9.

Gray squirrel season is open. Squirrels are found throughout Rogue River watershed, but few hunters target them. Look for squirrels in everything from oak savannah habitat to conifer stands.

COOS: Ducks have been moving into the area over the past several weeks and good numbers can now be found in local bays and wetlands. Hunters should plan their hunts based on tides. Birds generally move up into the bay with an incoming tide and they move toward the coast as the tide goes back out. Hunters are reminded they need to get a Sea Duck Permit to hunt sea ducks such as Harlequins, scoters, ling-tails and eiders.

KLAMATH: Duck and goose hunting remains good amid good numbers of resident birds as well as fresh migrants.

Chukars will not be released in the Lower Klamath Hills Regulated Hunt Area this year.

DOUGLAS: The season is currently open. Hunters can expect an above average year. Most turkeys are on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat.