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Hunting Report

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - General archery and muzzleloader seasons end Saturday, so hunters are taking their final stabs at their seasons now. Bucks continue to be in rut although it has slowed down. Antler-rattling is still a viable option. Try low elevations where oak trees and buck brush are located. Hunters are finding wet conditions, which provide archers and muzzleloaders the opportunity to stalk effectively.

Turkey hunting has slowed after hunters have reported difficulty in finding birds between storm fronts. Hunters have had success in ambushing or scattering flocks and using the lost call as they begin to regroup. A reminder that either sex can be hunted in the fall. Tags remain available on a first-come, first-served bases.

Bear hunting has slowed. Focus on oak groves with acorns as well as green-up areas.

Local waterfowl numbers are good and migrating birds already are 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.

KLAMATH - Winter freeze-up of pond units on Miller Island at the Klamath Wildlife Area has occurred and this usually signals an end to duck hunting. As long as the Klamath River remains unfrozen, occasional ducks may provide a pass-shooting opportunity on Miller Island.

Duck hunting is closed in Zone 2 on Dec. 5-6, and all goose hunting is closed in Klamath County through Dec. 21.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA - On Nov. 21, about 17,500 ducks and 2,000 geese were counted on the area, down considerably from the previous week. As cold conditions persist, biologists expect bird numbers to decline, except for Canada geese that may show increasing numbers. A majority of birds using the wildlife area are found on Summer Lake or in nearby refuges.

Goose hunting closed Wednesday in Lake, Harney and Malheur counties and will remain closed until Dec. 13.

DOUGLAS - Fall turkey hunting remains good, but most birds are on private lands. There are some good public access spots, such as the North Bank Management Area off North Bank Road northwest of Roseburg. It is closed to vehicle traffic, so walk-in hunting is good. Also try the Illahae Rock & Dry Creek that is located 45 miles up the North Umpqua Highway, and in the Jackson Creek drainage near Tiller.