Rifle hunters wrap up their general bull season in the Cascades on Friday and state wildlife biologists believe they'll see improvements in hunter success rates.
Anecdotally, hunters seem to be faring better than the dismal 2 percent success rate they've hit previously in the Rogue Unit of eastern Jackson County, says Mark Vargas, the Rogue District wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Biologists have been driving around elk camps throughout the South Cascades and have run into a handful of hunters who have shot a Roosevelt bull elk since Saturday's opener to the seven-day season.
"You see so few during the season, it's hard to tell," Vargas says. "We'll have to wait and see when they report.
"I'm hoping we're way above our 2 percent," he says. "Maybe pushing 3 or 4 percent."
State law requires that hunters report their hunting success or lack thereof during the upcoming winter.
— Mark Freeman