Oregon Hunting Report
Southwest Oregon

Rogue District:
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

Deschutes District:
Coyotes: Good numbers continue to be available scattered 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 dispersed north of Frederick's Butte and Pine Ridge near antelope herds. Hunting away from the roads may provide a higher quality hunt, as late in the winter these coyotes understand what a vehicle may bring.
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.

Ochoco District:
Turkey: Spring turkey season opens April 15. Hunters should find turkeys on the east side of the Maury Mountains and the southern boundary of the Ochoco National Forest. Maps of these areas are available from the BLM and Ochoco National Forest.
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 vehicle, and be prepared for cold weather conditions.

Klamath District:
Turkey: Season will open on April 15. Now is the time to get out and scout your hunting areas.
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 cougar have been taken near Merrill, 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 within 72 hours.

Northeast Region

Heppner District:
Access to National Forest lands in the Heppner and Fossil units is still limited. Access will improve as the warmer temperatures melt the limited amount of snow. Most mountain roads are extremely wet and careless vehicular traffic will cause considerable road damage and erosion.
Turkey: Numbers are fair, with turkey populations scattered throughout the various drainages flowing into the North Fork and mainstream John Day River. Hunters will find few areas that have large concentrations of birds.

Baker District:
Cougar: Numbers are still high. 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.

Union District:
Turkey: Turkey season starts April 15. Birds will be moving into their summer range around the end of March. A mild spring last year should result in a good number of yearling males being available to hunters.
Coyotes: Hunting the lower elevations by calling should be good. Hunters are reminded to get permission before hunting private land.
Cougar: Sightings are being reported throughout the county. 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.

Wallowa District:
Cougar: Cougar numbers are at high population levels. Most cougars are taken incidental to other big game hunting. Snow should aid hunters. Most high elevation roads are blocked by snow. Try deer and elk winter range areas.
Coyotes: Good numbers of coyotes are available throughout the district.

Southeast Region

Harney District:
Ground Squirrels: It is almost time for emergence of squirrels in the alfalfa fields near Crane and Princeton. Early appearing squirrels will find snow cover, so targets should be easy to spot. Please gain permission from landowners prior to entering private lands.
Coyotes: Coyote numbers are fair. Recent snow accumulation has moved coyotes closer to livestock operations where calves are being born. Adjacent public lands in mule deer winter range areas would be best for coyote calling. Expect many of the animals to be somewhat call-shy, as most are adults with hunter experience.
Cougar: Tracking cougar shortly after fresh snow can be very exciting, and also good exercise. Cougar sightings and reports of sign are becoming very commonplace in the forested parts of Harney County.

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