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Hunting Outlook: Nov. 26, 2009

JACKSON - Late-season bow hunters should focus on lower elevation areas, especially around oak grasslands. Tree stands and antler-rattling are good bets now, especially on game trails.

Muzzleloaders are in the Applegate Unit for deer until Saturday, and success is expected to be average. Bucks can be found around oak trees eating acorns and buck brush. Don't forget to bring some antlers to rattle.

The Applegate Unit's second-season muzzleloader elk hunters can hunt through Saturday. Success has been light.

Waterfowl hunters are doing fair around private ponds and along the Rogue River corridor. A few more of the Denman Wildlife Area fields have begun to be flooded. Most will be flooded after more rain.

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. This year's bag limit is two turkeys.

KLAMATH -Waterfowl hunting continues to be good on a mix of local birds and 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 - General bow season for deer remains open in the Melrose and Evans Creek units, with late-season successes expected to be good with a good leaf drop. Focus on lower elevations.

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

LAKE - Chukar season is open and success has been fair thanks largely to a below-average nesting season.