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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Youth deer and elk hunts begin this weekend, and most of the action will be on private lands at lower elevation. Tag-holders should seek out private lands where they can help alleviate crop damage for ranchers and farmers.

Those hunting mid-elevation public lands should find good tracking snow throughout the holiday hunt.

Waterfowl hunting has been slow at the Denman Wildlife Area because of extremely cold conditions.

Geese are thick along the Rogue River corridor as well as open grain fields. Be cognizant of riverside residents and other boaters when shooting geese from driftboats. Most fields are private land, and hunters need to seek permission.

Fall turkey hunting has been slow. Pheasant hunting ends Sunday statewide. A few pheasants remain on Denman tracts.

DOUGLAS - Late-season turkey hunting has slowed because of bad weather conditions. The birds have been very quiet recently.

Youth deer and elk hunters should find good success at low-elevation areas, particularly with good tracking conditions in the snow.

COOS - Waterfowl are concentrated on mud flats, and hunting for them has been very good throughout Coos Bay around Charleston.

KLAMATH - Frozen water conditions have made duck hunting slow, as birds are leaving the area en masse. Late-season grouse hunting is good along creek beds now that the leaf drop has finished.

LAKE - Forest grouse hunting is closed.

HARNEY - Waterfowl hunting on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is slow. Frozen water is pushing birds south.

SUMMER LAKE - Success remains down about a third from last year. All waterfowl, coot and snipe seasons have reopened after last week's short closure.