Recreation Report

Southwest Area

Recreation Report

Give us a wing and a tail - Map of collection barrels for grouse and quail now available

Bird hunters, don’t forget to give us a wing and a tail for any forest grouse or mountain quail you harvest! Use paper bags in the bright blue collection barrels placed at major road junctions or highways in hunting areas and some ODFW offices and popular rural markets. Mark your harvest date plus county and general location where you hunted.

Here’s a map of where to find collection barrels.

Wings and tails provide information on hatch date, age and sex ratio of birds and recruitment (number of young surviving). Thanks very much for your cooperation.


Eurasian collared doves: These non-native doves are found in Coos County. While they are generally found near residential areas, they can be found in other locations. They tend to be most common in association with agricultural lands and other rural settings. There is no closed season or bag limit for them and they are, reportedly, good to eat. Hunters need to get permission to hunt them on private land. With a little pre-hunt scouting it is possible to find the birds in sufficient numbers to have a quality hunting experience.

Mountain quail and ruffed grouse populations in Coos County appear to be very healthy this year. Their numbers have been building over the past few years. Hunters interested in finding mountain quail should hunt the edges of clear-cuts and rocky outcroppings in clear-cuts. Ruffed grouse will be easiest to find on roads closed to vehicle traffic and near riparian areas.

Ducks and geese: Zone 1 for ducks and the Southwest Zone for geese will open Oct. 13.   The abundance of ducks appears to be increasing in Coos County over the past few weeks but it is expected the real bulk of the population will arrive when the first big storms begin to make landfall on the west coast. Hunters should be able to find good hunting if they scout bays and other water along the coast before they hunt.

Goose numbers don’t appear to have increased much since summer.  Most of the birds in Coos County appear to be resident western Canada geese. Storms that make landfall this fall should increase goose numbers as well as duck numbers locally.


Grouse & quail: Hunters can expect an average hunt year. Hunting availability and success for forest grouse should be good this year. Blue grouse success is best in mid to high elevations of the Cascades in partly open conifer stands. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. For quail, success is best in the lower elevation agricultural lands for California quail and mid-elevations of the Cascades and Coast Range near brushy clear cuts on secondary forest roads for Mountain quail. Hunters that kill grouse and Mountain quail are asked to drop off in a paper bag the frozen wing and tail of each grouse at the local ODFW office. Please use one bird per bag with each frozen bag of grouse parts including the species, sex, age, unit and general area of harvest for proper analysis.

Mourning doves: Hunters can expect an average year. In addition, keep in mind the non-migratory Eurasian collared doves numbers are on the increase throughout the state and our county, and they are NOT part of the mourning dove bag limit.

Fall turkey: The season is from Oct. 15 – Dec. 31.  There are 4000 first come-first serve tags available for this Western Oregon hunt, with tags going on sale September 20th. Hunters can expect a good year.  The 2018 summer chick counts showed good production with excellent carryover from the last year.  Most turkeys are on or adjacent to low-mid elevation private lands associated with oak savannah habitat. Good turkey numbers can be found on National Forest lands around Toketee in the Diamond Lake Ranger District and around Tiller in the Tiller Ranger District. These birds are enjoying great higher elevation oak savannah habitat and are producing well. These populations are supplemented yearly through releases of turkeys removed from private lands, where they were causing property damage and general nuisance.

Crow: Crow hunting season starts Oct. 1. This is a statewide hunt that is normally associated with agricultural grain damage, however these birds will be found everywhere hunters choose to travel. Hunting crows can help to refine your shotgun skills as well as provide an extra source of meat for the table. Make sure that you know the difference between crows and ravens. Ravens are a protected bird in Oregon with no open hunt season. For a great commentary on crow hunting in Oregon, see a recent Facebook post from Scott Haugen on the subject.

Eurasian collared-doves: These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons for these invasives and no limits to their harvest. Target Eurasian collared-doves around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these abundant invasive birds. Identify this species and its habitat


Mourning dove season opened Sept. 1, hunters can expect a season very similar to that of 2017. There was a relatively high number of doves on the Denman Wildlife Area that resulted in a very productive opening day. Doves usually move off the wildlife area after opening day but they should return within a few weeks for some more success. Remember the daily bag limit for mourning doves is 15; refer to the 2018 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information.

Upland game birds: Grouse season opened Sept. 1, the daily bag limit is 3 of each of the two species. Both California quail and mountain quail season opens Sept. 1, the daily bag limit is 10 Quail total. Hunters seem to be reporting good success during the first week of the season. Refer to the 2018 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information.

Eurasian collared-doves: These non-native game birds that can be harvested year-round with no bag limit; however, a hunting license is required. They are found just about everywhere throughout Jackson and Josephine counties, and seem to be in especially high concentrations near residential zones.