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Home arrow Opinion arrow Hunting Report for November 15, 2013

Hunting Report for November 15, 2013

Hunting Report for November 15, 2013

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BEAR, UPLAND BIRDS, WATERFOWL (see regs)

Mandatory Reporting

Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

Wolves are protected by state law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters in northeastern Oregon need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. ODFW needs hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to La Grande office (541) 963-2138 or online.

BAKER COUNTY

Fall Bear hunters should focus their efforts on areas with a good food source. Hawthorn, huckle berries and plums are favored by bears in the early fall. All successful hunters are required to check in the skull at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. 

Blue Grouse can be found in the higher elevations while ruffed grouse are more common in moist drainages. Hunters should expect an average year for grouse. Successful hunters are asked to place the tails and wings along with harvest location from harvested birds in collection barrels.

Chuckar brood surveys show bird numbers to be very similar to that of last year. The abundance of green fall vegetation has birds widely scattered and some hunters are reporting that finding birds is proving difficult. Cooler weather and lowering snow levels should improve hunter success.

Cougars can be found throughout Baker County but hunters should target areas with high concentrations of deer and elk. Setting up on a fresh kill or using distress calls can all be productive techniques. Hunters are required to check in the hide of any cougar taken, with skull and proof of sex attached.

Coyote numbers are good throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

GRANT COUNTY

Bear hunters should look for bears near areas with berries or fruit. Patches of green up from the fall rains can also attract feeding bears. Successful hunters need to remember that check in of harvested animals is mandatory, see the regulations for details.

Cougar

-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Cougar hunting remains open.

Successful hunters should remember that check-in of the hide with skull and proof of sex attached is mandatory; see the regulations for details.

Coyote numbers are good in most of the district. Coyotes may respond to distress calls. Try calling in the early morning and late evening.

UMATILLA COUNTY

Cougar are well distributed in forested areas of the Walla Walla, Mt. Emily and Ukiah units. Hunters will have best success by finding a fresh naturally made kill and sitting on it, or by using predator calls. Some success has come from following tracks until the cougar is located.

Coyote are numerous throughout the District and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.

UNION COUNTY

The antlerless ELK hunters should experience relatively good access based lower snow loads. Warm temperatures and rain during the early fall has led to a good fall green-up. Elk are widely throughout the units. Calf survival through last winter has been in the mid-20s per 100 cows in wildlife management units in Union County. These are the earliest bull seasons in seven years. Some of the bulls may still be bugling.

Cougars are common in Union county. Focus on game rich areas with long ridgelines or saddles that cats typically travel. Setting up downwind of a deer or elk killed by a cougar can be productive. You need to be extremely patient and wear camo when calling cougars as they come in slowly and use every bit of cover as they approach. Using remote calls will focus the cat’s attention away from your blind. Remote motion devices next to the remote call will increase your chances of harvest. Above all, do not move — their eyesight is excellent. Nonresident hunters can include a cougar tag with others tags for $14.50. All cougars taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before coming in.

Coyote numbers are good throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

LADD MARSH WILDLIFE AREA

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is open Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and the following holidays, Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, Day, New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Day, during pheasant, quail, partridge and waterfowl seasons. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area. A map with blind locations, parking areas and self check-in stations is available. Dry conditions this fall continue to hamper efforts to fill wetlands. Wetlands both east and west of Peach Road have fair to good water levels. Wetlands south of Highway 203 have limited water. Waterfowl hunters are advised to call Ladd Marsh if they are uncertain of conditions. Upland hunting has been fair this fall. Pheasant numbers are down from recent years. 

Note: all visitors including hunters must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits will be available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots beginning in late September. Wildlife hunters, viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. Hunters receive a free parking permit with their hunting license. The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program. Parking permits are to be displayed on the vehicle dash. More information

WALLOWA COUNTY

A good density of BLACK BEAR exists throughout the district, however, most bears will be in or near their winter dens from now until early spring.

Deer numbers are below desired levels in all units, but hunters can still expect to have fair success by adding a little more effort in the field. Our last deer hunt for the season will be in early December when the North Wenaha - East Sled Springs white-tail deer muzzleloader hunt begins. Some of the best white-tail deer hunting is on private land near agricultural areas. Be sure to locate landowners who will give permission to hunt early. There is also some good white-tail deer hunting available on National Forest land and on the Hancock Forest Management, Inc. lands that area in our three  travel management areas.

Bull Elk Grazing

-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Elk numbers are at or above desired levels in most units, and hunters can expect to have good success. Second season Rocky Mountain elk hunts ended on Nov. 10. Success rates improved after a slow opening weekend as hunters started locating the elk herds.  Most harvested bulls were in the medium size range.

Forest Grouse hunting has been poor to fair. Blue grouse numbers are below the long term average, but hunters may still find a few birds along open grassy ridges adjacent to timber.  These birds soon will be feeding in conifer tree tops for the winter and so will be more difficult to locate. Ruffed grouse populations are similar to recent years with good hunting opportunities along riparian areas and in brushy side draws.

Good numbers of Coyotes can be found throughout Wallowa County. Calling coyotes with rabbit distress- type calls has been effective for hunters. It is important to choose areas with abundant coyote sign and little human activity.

Cougar numbers are strong throughout Wallowa County. Most lions are taken incidental to other hunting; however, calling with fawn bleat, snow tracking, and locating a cougar kill and waiting for a cat to return are often successful techniques.

 
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