OPEN: QUAIL, GROUSE, DUCKS, EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES
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: The abundance of ducks in Coos County appears to be increasing over the past few weeks. There is an expectation they will continue to arrive as storms begin to make landfall on the west coast. Hunters should be able to find good hunting opportunities if they scout bays, sloughs and other coastal waterways before they hunt.
Goose numbers appear to have increased since the summer months as well. Most of the birds in Coos County appear to be resident western Canada geese; however, an increased numbers of Aleutian geese are showing up in Coos bay and stopping by the New River Access Area. Also, storms have continued to make landfall which 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.
Waterfowl: The regular goose and duck seasons are open in Douglas County. Check with landowners of flooded/puddled fields before hunting.
Crow: Crow hunting season continues through Jan. 31, 2019. 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 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 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.
JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES
Waterfowl: will continue until Jan. 27. Goose hunting was slow to begin with on the Denman Wildlife area; however, with the wet weather forecast it should be better once the season reopens. Duck season opened again on Oct. 31 and continues until Jan. 27. Like goose season it was slow at first but as the rain increases so should the duck harvest. Remember the Denman Wildlife Area Hall Tract is open for hunting only on Sundays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Military Slough Tract is open seven days a week.
Pheasants: General pheasant season closed Dec. 31.
Turkey: Fall turkey season closed Dec. 31.
Upland game birds: Grouse season continues through Jan. 31, 2019, the daily bag limit is 3 of each of the two species. Both California quail and mountain quail seasons continue through Jan. 31, 2019, 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 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.