Oregon Hunting Report
Reminder to hunters:
Don't forget to purchase your 2001 hunting license and tags before hunting. The 2001 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations are available at license agents now. In addition, the 2001 Oregon Big Game Regulations are now posted on the ODFW website, www.dfw.state.or.us.

Southwest Oregon

Cougar: Cougar hunting season and tags are now on a calendar basis so cougar hunters need to have a 2001 hunting license and cougar tag before hunting. The statewide season runs through May 31, 2001 and August 1 - December 31, 2001.

Central Oregon

Coyotes: Good numbers continue to be available throughout the district. Areas near Fort Rock and Christmas Valley should provide excellent opportunities as well as east of Bend from Pine Mountain to Glass Butte. Coyotes are also scattered North of Frederick's Butte and Pine Ridge near antelope herds.
Cougar: Cougar hunting continues with little success. Use caution when using a predator call as cougars may approach with little or no sound. Sightings and damage complaints are increasing.
Jackrabbits: Numbers are low throughout the district. Best success will be adjacent to agricultural lands. Some areas have shown a slight upswing in the population numbers. Ask permission prior to hunting on private lands.

Cougar: Cougar are scattered and are present at all elevations throughout the local units.
Coyote: Coyotes offer excellent off-season opportunities. BLM lands east of Prineville in the Maury and Ochoco units offer good hunting. Hunters will need a 4-wheel drive, and be prepared for cold weather conditions.

Coyote: Good hunting opportunities exist now as coyotes follow deer down to lower elevation areas. Agricultural areas offer good hunting for those with permission to hunt on private lands.
Cougar: A few cougars have been taken near Gerber Reservoir and Keno. Best areas to hunt will be near deer wintering areas. Best strategies are snow tracking or predator calling. Cougars must be checked in at ODFW offices.
Furbearer: Seasons for beaver, river otter, muskrat, marten, and raccoon are open. Bobcat and river otter pelts must be tagged at an ODFW office within 72 hours.

Northeast Region:

Coyotes: Coyote numbers are good in Morrow, Wheeler, and Gilliam counties. As access to federal lands is limited, most of the available coyote hunting opportunity exists on private land. Be sure you have permission before hunting!

Cougar: Numbers are increasing. All cougars must be checked by ODFW during business hours within 72 hours of harvest.
Coyotes: Coyote numbers are high and calling should be good. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.

Coyotes: Hunting the lower elevations by calling should be good. Hunters are reminded to get permission before hunting private land.
Cougar: The 2001 cougar season began January 1, 2001, and hunters must have a 2001 cougar tag. A second cougar may be harvested from the Blue Mountains Zone in 2001 (see the 2001 Oregon Big Game Regulations). Numerous sightings are being reported throughout the county. Snowfall has greatly improved hunting conditions. Using a predator call from a stand will probably be the best opportunity for success. All harvested cougars must be checked through ODFW within 72 hours.

Cougar: Cougar numbers are at high population levels. Most cougar are taken incidental to other big game hunting. Snow should aid hunters.
Coyotes: Good numbers of coyotes are available throughout the district.

Southeast Region:

Coyotes: Coyote numbers are fair. As snow begins to cover the higher elevations, coyotes are moving to lower areas and becoming more concentrated along with deer, antelope, and rabbits. Calling on cold, clear days in remote areas should lead to success.
Cougar: Tracks and sightings have been reported from all parts of the district. Tracking cougar shortly after fresh snow can be very exciting and also good exercise. A new 2001 cougar tag is required as of January 1.

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