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Hunting Outlook: Nov. 5, 2009

JACKSON - The general rifle season for bucks closes Friday evening for adults but remains open through Sunday evening for juveniles who have tags but have not filled them.

The extra couple of days is aimed at increasing youth hunting opportunities. Youths who have not yet purchased tags can still so.

The bucks are 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 and consider doing some antler-rattling to get the big bucks interested.

Waterfowl hunters are doing fair around private ponds and along the Rogue River corridor. Fields at the Denman Wildlife Area will be flooded when rain provides enough water to 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 - The second period of the controlled Rocky Mountain elk season opens Saturday. Elk remain scattered in small groups on summer range. Elk hunters had fair success in south central units during the first season. Weather is key to improved elk hunting conditions, but no storms are on the immediate horizon.

Waterfowl hunting continues to be good on a mix of local birds, as well as early migrants. There are plenty of ducks scattered around the basin. Water levels at Klamath and Agency lakes remain low and access remains difficult. Good local goose numbers are available, with many of them on private fields.

DOUGLAS - Fall turkey hunting is best at mid and low elevations, particularly around oak savannahs. Most of the turkeys are in big flocks on private lands now, so ask permission.

LAKE - Chukar season is open and early season success has been fair.