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Stalking a good season

Area hunters will once again take to the fields, forests and hills in Eastern Oregonwhen deer rifle season kicks off Saturday, Oct. 1. (Submitted photo)

By John L. Braese
The Malheur Enterprise

VALE — Although wildfires have displaced hunters from some prime spots, the general outlook for the hunting season appears bright.

Rifle season starts for deer hunters Oct. 1.

Following is the outlook from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Hunters Association.

Deer

After last year’s dry conditions – all of Oregon was in severe drought and 50 percent of the state was labeled as extreme drought – this year appears better for the deer population.

Wildlife officials say deer numbers are up across the . . .