Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Mid-May turkey hunting can be good, as fewer hunters are in the woods and turkeys have had a chance to settle down. Calling action is best at lower elevations around orchards and near oak savannahs. After a little storm front moves through the valley today, look for good weekend conditions for calling and hunting over decoys.

Southwest Oregon bear tags are sold out. Bears are feeding in open grassy meadows and busy turning rocks. Focus on early mornings and late evenings along south-facing slopes. Successful bear hunters must take the bear's unfrozen skull to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices for tooth collection and measurement.

Hunting for western gray squirrels remains open, but only in a portion of the Rogue unit. Check the regulations synopsis for details of the open area, where hunting is allowed year-round with no bag limit.

DOUGLAS - Turkey hunting remains very good, with many hunters already done for the season. Stick to the oak savannahs.

Coyote hunting has been good this spring. Coyote numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be effective. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon.

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