Hunting Report for October 5, 2012
RIFLE BUCK DEER: Hunters can expect hot and dry conditions for the early season. Due to the mild winter, yearling buck numbers should be good throughout Baker County. Hunters should focus on areas near water in the early morning and late afternoon for the best chance at a buck.
GROUSE: Grouse season started September 1. Blue grouse can be found in the higher elevations while ruffed grouse are more common in wetter areas. Hunters should expect an average year for grouse, many birds renested, so there are some young birds that are still fairly small. Successful hunters are asked to place the tails and wings from harvested birds in the collection barrels.
COUGAR: 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.
BEAR: 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. COYOTE: 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.
RIFLE DEER: All eastern Oregon deer centerfire firearm hunting is by controlled hunt tag. Deer are well distributed across the forest. For best chances of success, glass open areas at first light and just before dark.
BEAR: The fall bear season is open. Hunters should focus their efforts in areas with high concentrations of berries or fruit trees. As we move into the fall, pay special attention to huckleberry patches and old abandoned orchards. Successful hunters are reminded that check in of harvested bears is mandatory.
COUGAR: 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. Above all, DO NOT MOVE! - their eyesight is excellent. Nonresident hunters can include a cougar tag with others tags for only $14.50.
All cougars taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before coming in.
COYOTE: 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 all state observed holidays 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. Early season waterfowl hunting may be limited. Water levels are extremely low due to high temperatures and little precipitation. Conditions should improve with cooler temperatures and fall precipitation. Waterfowl hunters are advised to call Ladd Marsh for water conditions before the opener. If present conditions persist, there may be few areas to hunt. Upland hunting will be better than recent years. Nesting conditions were good for both quail and pheasants. Low water levels will make access for upland hunting excellent.
New this year, a parking permit is needed for Ladd Marsh. Hunters get the permit free with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Display on car dash. More information