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Hunting Outlook

JACKSON - The general bull season runs through Friday, and some late-season successes could be found at high-elevation areas. The bulls have been pushed around pretty good by hunters now, so it's best to find them on the move or on low-elevation private lands where landowners allow access.

The general rifle season for bucks reopens Saturday when bull elk season ends for rifle hunters. Mature bucks already are showing signs of being in the rut, so add some doe scent to your clothes for a little edge. Start looking for deer at mid- to low-elevation areas.

Waterfowl hunters are doing well along private ponds and along the Rogue River corridor. Fields at the Denman Wildlife Area fields will be flooded when rain provides enough water inundate the fields.

The fall turkey season is open and fall tags remain on sale. Hunters can buy two tags here this fall. Flocks are scattered around timber stands and oak savannahs throughout the Rogue Valley. The birds are in large flocks now, and the best way to hunt them is to break up the flocks and then wait for the toms to return. This year's bag limit is two turkeys.

KLAMATH - Early waterfowl hunting is good around Klamath and Agency lakes. Water levels are low and access remains difficult. Reservation and stand-by hunting remains available this weekend at the Miller Island Unit of the Klamath Wildlife Area.

DOUGLAS - The area around Diamond and Lemolo lakes offered some very good bull-elk hunting this past week. A few more could come out of the woods there before Friday night's season closure.

The recent wet weather will help rifle hunters locate bucks for the last couple weeks of the season, beginning Saturday. Buck-hunting success should continue to improve as the season progresses with bucks starting to come into rut. Many of the controlled doe seasons open Saturday and run through Nov. 6 throughout Douglas County

LAKE - Chukar season is open and early season success has been fair. June rains created poor nesting success, but most of the adults re-nested and the chukar numbers are fair but lower than the 10-year average.

SUMMER LAKE - The last weekly bird count available Wednesday was from Oct. 14, when only about 9,500 ducks and 4,000 geese were counted. Counting conditions, however, were poor and may have contributed to the sparse totals.