Hunting Report for October 26, 2012

Written by Observer Upload October 26, 2012 01:19 pm

Union County

BULL ELK: Controlled bull elk seasons opened Oct. 24. Most elk are still distributed throughout the units. With snow in the forecast and good calf survival spike hunters can expect good success. Starkey and Mt. Emily bull ratios are at 9 bulls per hundred cows while Catherine Cr. is at 12 bulls per hundred cows.

GROUSE: Based on our grouse wing collection barrels, Union County is above the 5 year average. Blue grouse can be found at higher elevations on ridgelines and canyon rims. For ruffed grouse focus on creek bottoms and moist areas in timbered draws. Blue and ruffed grouse season continues through the end of the year.

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. Refer to page 34 and 36 of the 2012 Big Game Regulations for more information.

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 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. Early season waterfowl hunting has been fair to good. Water levels continue to improve with cooler temperatures and some precipitation. All wetlands west of State Highway 203 have water. Hunters should watch local weather reports for high winds near Ladd and Pyles canyons. This generally means good hunting conditions at Ladd Marsh.  Upland hunting has been good for pheasants and quail. Nesting conditions were good for both this year.  Hunters should be advised that vegetation on the Wildlife Area is extremely thick and dogs are highly recommended.  

BAKER COUNTY

GROUSE: Grouse season started Sept. 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

BEAR: Fall bear hunters should focus their efforts on areas with a good food source.  Hawthorn, huckleberries and plums are favored by bears in the early fall.  All successful hunters are required to check in the skull at an ODFW office. See page 36 in the synopsis for details.

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.