Hunting Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - The first part of the general bow season for deer and elk closes Sunday. Bowhunters will be back in the woods Nov. 15 in the Evans Creek, Rogue and Sixes units after the general deer and elk rifle seasons. This weekend's hunting should improve as cooler weather and higher humidity start to soften up the forest floor. Still, look mainly in high-elevation areas where cover is thick and water available.

Bear hunting has been steady as hunters continue to focus on acorn areas and berry patches. All heads of hunter-killed bears must be checked in at ODFW offices. Keep heads unfrozen for easier mandatory tooth extraction.

The September goose season is over, with waterfowl hunting returning Oct. 11. Band-tailed pigeon hunting has been fair.

DOUGLAS - Highway 138 is now open to traffic, having been closed because of wildfires. The Dixon Unit closes to bowhunting for deer and elk Sunday. Late-season successes should improve with better weather.

COOS - Very good mountain quail and California quail hunting is occurring in brushy clear cuts and near agricultural areas.

DESCHUTES - Bowhunting continues through Sunday. Temperatures are starting to cool off but it is still very dry. Stalking conditions are poor. Hunters are finding it difficult to sneak into range on elk.

KLAMATH - A few black bears have been taken in the Keno, West Sprague and West Fort Rock units. Elk hunting has been slow for archers. The season closes Sunday.

LAKE - Blue and ruffed grouse hunting is best in the Winema National Forest. Blue grouse can be found along ridge tops in more open forest habitats in both Klamath and Lake Counties, while ruffed grouse are generally found along creek beds.

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