Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Turkey hunters have had trouble locating birds during recent storms, but some toms have been more vocal than normal this season. Hunters have had success in ambushing or scattering flocks and using the lost call as they begin to regroup. Either sex can be hunted in the fall; tags remain available on first-come first-serve basis.

Bowhunters still are working the Evans Creek and Rogue units for bucks. Rattling antlers is a good technique while the bucks are in the rut. Bow season is over Dec. 2. Keep moving lower in elevation as the deer have moved from higher territory.

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.

The fee pheasant hunt on the Denman Wildlife Area is closed, but hold-over birds are there for regular pheasant season, which runs through Dec. 9.

KLAMATH - Hunters using decoys in the marsh areas should see good results. Winter freeze-up of pond units on Miller Island usually occurs by the end of November, which results in an end to duck hunting. Duck hunting is closed in Zone 2 on Dec. 5-6, and all goose hunting is closed in Klamath County from Monday to Dec. 21.

Wetland habitat conditions are very favorable across the entire Wildlife Area with nearly all units being well flooded.

Pheasant and valley quail are found predominantly in upland habitats. Pheasants are released on nonhunt days on the Miller Island Unit until the middle of November. These birds are provided to ODFW by the local chapter of Unlimited Pheasants. Hunters, especially those using dogs, should find fair to good success in most areas. Chukars will not be released in the Lower Klamath Hills Regulated Hunt Area this year.

SUMMER LAKE WILDLIFE AREA - Last week's waterfowl hunting was fair to good owing to very favorable weather conditions most of the week and especially over the weekend. Daily bird-per-hunter averages ranged from a high of 2.22 Saturday to a low of .76 Nov. 15. Weather conditions were generally unsettled most of the week, with a major storm and wind event hitting the region over the weekend. Check-in records showed that 238 hunters checked in for the week, up about 14 percent from the same week last year. Hunters averaged 1.65 birds per hunter for the week, which was a one-third increase in success from last year.

Nearly all hunting pressure was focused on waterfowl or American coots.

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.

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