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The numbers you will see nationally in the story linked mirror Oregon. Or vice versa. 4 percent of Oregon's population hunts.
Some big reasons to get people interested in hunting that were missed here include;
Healthier meat for you and your family. If you see somebody posting all the time on social media about how healthy they eat, and they are not a hunter......well, there ya go.
Fitness freaks should be naturals for hunting. The popular myth is of hunters in vehicles driving around getting drunk and shooting anything that moves. Wrong. And those who appreciate a good workout will love hunting done right. Kristy Titus from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has maintained for years that hunting is actually an extreme sport, and an excellent work out. To that end she encourages hunters to always be working out to be ready to hunt.
And, the day is going to come where being a hunter is going to keep you and your family alive. Being able to live off the land is going to be an essential skill for survival when the BIG disaster happens, or if the collapse of society happens. The food supply system as constructed through society will not exist. Then what? Hunters will become very beloved then. Promise you. To see the full story, click here.
The wolf huggers are at it in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho again. One of their precious special wolves wandered outside Yellewstone National Park and was taken by a hunter in a perfectly legal hunt. But, now the animals rights, anti hunting, and environmentalist extremists are trying to get a no hunting buffer zone around Yellowstone for the wolves.
What will happen eventually is that the buffer zone will not be protection enough. At some point there will ALWAYS that point where protection ends and hunting is allowed. Unless of course your ultimate goal is to remove hunting. And that is really what is going on here. This is known as incrementalism. And it is how environmentalists and other activists destroy our rights and access to public lands. Just a little a time. You can boil a frog in water if you dump him in cold water and then gradually turn the heat up under him. He never gets out and gets cooked.
Fall black bear goes through Dec. 31. Hunters can expect another good year. The Applegate unit has historically had some of the highest harvest in the state so focus your efforts there; however the Rogue and Evans Creek can also be very productive. Huckleberry patches at high elevations and blackberries at low elevations seem to be a good place to start your search for bears feeding in early morning and late evening. Fawn calls can also be a useful tool when trying to harvest a bear. Here in Southern Oregon you are allowed two fall bears by purchasing your SW Additional Fall Black Bear tag, this tag is good for all of units 20-30. Remember that there is a mandatory check in of your bear skull at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest, and the skull must be unfrozen. In addition if you harvest a female bear you must turn in the entire reproductive tract to ODFW. See page 61 in the big game hunting regulations for more information.
Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met (see zone quota page). With the upcoming elk and deer seasons remember to purchase your cougar tag since majority of the cougars are harvest while in pursuit of other species. There is a mandatory check in of all cougars harvested within 10 days of the after harvest; the unfrozen skull, hide, and proof of sex must be taken to an ODFW office during normal business hours. If a female cougar is harvested it is also mandatory to bring in the reproductive tract in order to gain valuable population data. For more information refer to page 64 of the 2018 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.
Western gray squirrel: Open year-round. There is no bag limit or closed season in that part of the Rogue unit south of the Rogue River and S Fork Rogue River and north of Hwy 140. See page 65 of the 2018 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations for more information.
Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunter can find coyotes around meadows and brush piles where mice and rabbits are found. Predator calls are very useful when used in conjunction to known prey base.
Waterfowl: will continue until Jan. 27. Goose hunting was slow to begin with on the Denman Wildlife area; however, with the wet weather forecast it should be better once the season reopens. Duck season opened again on Oct. 31 and continues until Jan. 27. Like goose season it was slow at first but as the rain increases so should the duck harvest. Remember the Denman Wildlife Area Hall Tract is open for hunting only on Sundays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Military Slough Tract is open seven days a week.
Pheasants: General pheasant season continues until Dec. 31. There are still some pheasants leftover on the Denman Wildlife Area from our fee hunt earlier this year.
Turkey: Fall turkey season will continue until Dec. 31. The daily bag limit is one turkey of either sex with a season bag limit of two turkeys. Your best bet in the fall may be to find a landowner with turkey problems who is willing to let you hunt their property. Knowing the turkey’s patterns throughout the day can be extremely helpful in finding success during the season.
Upland game birds: Grouse season continues through Jan. 31, 2019, the daily bag limit is 3 of each of the two species. Both California quail and mountain quail seasons continue through Jan. 31, 2019, the daily bag limit is 10 Quail total. Hunters seem to be reporting good success during the first week of the season. Refer to the 2018 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information.
Eurasian collared-doves: These non-native game birds that can be harvested year-round with no bag limit; however, a hunting license is required. They are found just about everywhere throughout Jackson and Josephine counties, and seem to be in especially high concentrations near residential zones.Elk: Several controlled elk hunts are ongoing. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. Elk numbers are highest in the Tioga with lower levels in the Dixon, S. Indigo and Melrose units.
Dixon, Indigo, Evans Creek, Melrose, E Tioga and NE Powers Wildlife Management Units
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Elk: Several controlled elk hunts are ongoing. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. Elk numbers are highest in the Tioga with lower levels in the Dixon, S. Indigo and Melrose units.
Deer: There are several controlled deer hunts taking place throughout December. Buck deer throughout Douglas County are displaying rutting characteristics. These deer will be found chasing does and can sometimes be brought in closer using a set of antler rattles or doe calls. Watch for active does that hesitate to move on and wait to see whether a buck may be closely following.
On BLM and National Forest lands, look for deer within or near recent major land disturbance areas such as fire and logging/thinning activity. These early seral areas have the best food sources available for deer on public lands. On industrial timber lands, look for deer within recently logged units and young timber stands where food sources are in high abundance. Deer populations are similar to last year, with lower population levels at upper elevations and higher population levels on the Umpqua Valley floor. Most low elevation lands are privately owned so hunters are reminded to obtain permission before hunting on those lands.
Black bear: Most bears in recent weeks have been seen and taken by hunters targeting deer and elk. Hunters can expect an average year. Glass clear cuts and meadows early mornings and late evenings to find bears taking advantage of food sources. Bear numbers are good with the highest numbers in the coast range, and with smaller populations in the Cascades.
Remember that there is a mandatory check in of your bear skull at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest, and the skull must be unfrozen.
Cougar: Zone A has reached its mortality quota for the year (180), so cougar hunting is now closed through the end of 2018.
The cougar season is currently open in Zone B in Douglas County. Look in areas adjacent to agriculture and within areas of higher concentrations of deer. When fresh tracks are found, set up and call with either mouth or electronic predator calls.
Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.
Coyote: Numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.
Grouse & quail: Hunters can expect an average hunt year. Hunting availability and success for forest grouse should be good this year. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. For quail, success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail. Hunters that kill grouse and Mountain quail are asked to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each grouse at the local ODFW office. Please use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of grouse parts including the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.
Fall turkey: The season continues through Dec. 31. Tags are sold out. Hunters can expect a good year. The 2018 summer chick counts showed good production with excellent carryover from the last year. Most turkeys are on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat. Good turkey numbers can be found on National Forest lands around Toketee in the Diamond Lake Ranger District and around Tiller in the Tiller Ranger District. These birds are enjoying great higher elevation oak savannah habitat and are producing well. These populations are supplemented yearly through releases of turkeys removed from private lands, where they were causing property damage and general nuisance.
Waterfowl: The regular goose and duck seasons are open in Douglas County. Check with landowners of flooded/puddled fields before hunting. Significant rains are needed to bring this waterfowl season into full swing.
Crow: Crow hunting season continues through Jan. 31, 2019. This is a statewide hunt that is normally associated with agricultural grain damage; however, these birds will be found everywhere hunters choose to travel. Hunting crows can help to refine your shotgun skills as well as provide an extra source of meat for the table. Make sure that you know the difference between crows and ravens. Ravens are a protected bird in Oregon with no open hunt season. For a great commentary on crow hunting in Oregon, see a recent Facebook post from Scott Haugen on the subject.
Eurasian collared-doves: These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons and no limits to their harvest. Target Eurasian collared-doves around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these abundant invasive birds. Identify this species and its habitat
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Coos Mountain Access
The Coos Mountain Access Area goes into effect Aug. 25 and will be in effect year-round for the next three years. This is the newest Access Area in Oregon and encompasses about 63,000 acres in the heart of the Tioga Unit. Within this Access Area most of the arterial roads are open for motor vehicle access and many, but not all, of the secondary roads are open for foot or bike access. This new Access Area was created in response to some private landowners in the area expressing a willingness to allow public access in a way that is compatible with their land management goals.
Lands within Coos Mountain Access Area provide excellent opportunities for big game and upland gamebird hunting and viewing. Roads that are open to foot or bike access also provide great opportunities to hike or use mountain bikes in conjunction with hunting and viewing in an area where those opportunities are not plentiful. Roads open to motor vehicles are marked with green dots. All other roads are open, only to foot or bike access. For information on Coos Mountain Access Area , contact The Charleston Field Office at (541)888-5515. Maps are available.
Fall bear: The fall black Bear season opened Aug. 1 and will run to Dec. 31. Blackberry production is over for the year. Bears are now depending on other berries like evergreen huckleberries and foods like mushrooms, carrion and insects. Because the fall is coming on many bears are forced to be very opportunistic to get enough calories to prepare for winter. Calling bears with predator calls should be a very effective method to use. Bears will be very wide spread.
Elk: Populations are healthy in Coos County for the most part. Bull ratios are at or above management objectives for all units. Hunters will find success searching out places where elk move to escape vehicle traffic. Considering the level of traffic typically seen during the general deer season, elk will have moved to places with the least human. One tip would be to check out the Coos Mountain Access Area, if you have a Tioga tag. Rules related to this area are designed to limit vehicle traffic and provide areas of refuge for elk and other animals. It also creates good hunting condition along roads that are open to foot or bicycle traffic.
Coyote: Numbers are strong throughout Coos County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.
Test your identification skills with ODFW’s new Coyote and Gray Wolf ID Quiz.
Cougar: Zone A has reached its mortality quota for the year (180), so cougar hunting is now closed through the end of 2018.
Eurasian collared doves: These non-native doves are found in Coos County. While they are generally found near residential areas, they can be found in other locations. They tend to be most common in association with agricultural lands and other rural settings. There is no closed season or bag limit for them and they are, reportedly, good to eat. Hunters need to get permission to hunt them on private land. With a little pre-hunt scouting it is possible to find the birds in sufficient numbers to have a quality hunting experience.
Mountain quail and ruffed grouse populations in Coos County appear to be very healthy this year. Their numbers have been building over the past few years. Hunters interested in finding mountain quail should hunt the edges of clear-cuts and rocky outcroppings in clear-cuts. Ruffed grouse will be easiest to find on roads closed to vehicle traffic and near riparian areas.
Ducks and geese: The abundance of ducks appears to be increasing in Coos County over the past few weeks but it is expected the real bulk of the population will arrive when the first big storms begin to make landfall on the west coast. Hunters should be able to find good hunting if they scout bays and other water along the coast before they hunt.
Goose numbers don’t appear to have increased much since summer. Most of the birds in Coos County appear to be resident western Canada geese. Storms that make landfall this fall should increase goose numbers as well as duck numbers locally.
HUNTING WITH DRONES IS ILLEGAL IN OREGON!!
With the exploding use of drones, comes abuses. I see a lot of "professional drone pilots" out there now who do not seem to know what the FAA laws are regarding drone use, and they are supposed to KNOW them. So, can you blame private citizens flying drones for fun if they don't? But, ignorance is NO defense in court. It is against the law to use drones while hunting in Oregon. It actually is a well established law now. That means you cannot get out of your truck at say the top of a logged unit in the Cascades and fly a drone down it to see if there is a buck or bull down there in the season. This article from the East Oregonian outlies it all very well......click here to see it.
Wolves are present in Oregon
ODFW is monitoring about 20 areas of known wolf activity, mostly in northeast Oregon and several in southwest Oregon. Wolves may also occur in central Oregon and the Cascades. See the Wolf web page for the latest information.
Wolves remain on the federal ESA west of Hwys 395-78-95. In the rest of eastern Oregon, wolves remain protected under the state’s Wolf Management Plan and no take is allowed, except in defense of human life or by livestock producers in certain situations in the eastern third of Oregon.
Oregon has not seen any conflict or human safety problems between people and wolves, but there are some tips online on how to avoid problems. This flyer also has tips on recognizing wolf sign, differentiating between wolves vs coyotes and protecting dogs from wolves.
ODFW appreciates any information about wolf sightings or encounters from hunters. Use the online wolf reporting form to share this information with wildlife managers.
ODFW is closely watching both wolf and big game populations. ODFW has not seen negative impacts from wolves requiring big game hunting tags to be reduced.
Besides annual surveys of wolves and big game, OSU and ODFW are working together on a wolf-cougar research project looking at competitive interactions and prey selection between wolves and cougars in the Mt Emily unit.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Game has put together a quiz I encourage ALL of you to take. As Southern Oregon and Northern California are confirmed wolf territory, KNOWING the difference between a coyote and a wolf on sight can be very critical.....ESPECIALLY for hunters. You MUST know the differences between a wolf and a coyote in appearance.
I did get 100 percent on this test. I mean I would sure hope I would being on the Jackson County Wolf Committee. Let's see how you do. Some of these are going to be easy. Real easy. But there are a couple pictures in here that will require a real good look.
Click here to take the test.