Oklahoma Black Bear Season Lasts One Day

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Archery black bear season opened October 1st, and closed that day with a full quota. October 1st was a beautiful day in Oklahoma, making it perfect for bear hunters. In one day there were 32 black bears harvested. Last year it took a month to harvest a dozen less.

This was Oklahoma's second black bear season. The two seasons have seen two very different extremes. In 2010 it was cold, there were a lot of acorns, and it took a month for archers to get 20 bears. In 2011 the weather was mild, there were not a lot of acorns present, and it took one day for archers to get 32 bears.

Leading up to the season the hunters were busy with their bait stations, searching, and practicing their shots. “I had no idea the season would open and close so quickly, but I am glad I took advantage of the opportunity,” said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Wildlife Department and one of the successful hunters who harvested a bear on Friday. “Sportsmen in Oklahoma are so fortunate to have such a broad diversity of game to hunt. Even though bear season is now closed, there are still so many opportunities to hunt and so many game species to choose from.” From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.


hunter25's picture

Sounds like they had a great

Sounds like they had a great season over there if it only lasted one day. That would defiantely take you by surprise if you weren't in a hurry to get out there. Like was mentioned we have the same system here in Colorado for animals like mountain lions but in some cases the quota doesn't get met at all. Back in 97 when I killed my lion I went in an area that had never been closed and managed to get one that just made the awards book for B&C. If I had used a bow like I should have instead of a handgun it would have placed even better.

I bet with results like that even more guys will be out on opening day next year trying to cash in on the bounty. Funny though as I never thought of Oklahoma as a bear state at all.

numbnutz's picture

Well that was fast. I thought

Well that was fast. I thought last years season was pretty fast but this year must have set some sort of record. I can see why they set a quota and over sell. I'll use Oregon as an example. We have cougar target zones that have certain quotas set up and they are never met. The other issue thats out there is anti hunters and extremeist will buy the tags and never hunt. So if they had a quota of 32 bears and only sold 32 tag and 12 of them were bought buy antis as there way of protecting the animals then the Fish and Wildlife would never meet there quotas on culling the bears so at that point whats the point of even having he hunt. They have to sell more tags than what they want harvested for the purpose of making money also to make sure they hit there target number of bears being taken out.

Retired2hunt's picture

  Yes but I sure would not be


Yes but I sure would not be happy if I had a planned hunt sometime after the first day!

SGM's picture

Wow that was a fast season

Wow that was a fast season but glad to see that OK has a season. Coingratulations to all the successful hunters.

Retired2hunt, I see your point but that is how all wildlife departments work. If they only sell the amount of quota tags they rarely make the quota. Also they are all looking to make a few bucks on the deal. I think most hunters know this and accept it as a "first come fisrt sever" type of a deal. Colorado does the same for lions as there are unlimited tags but once a quota in an area is met, the area is closed. Other states do the same for bears and wolves.  

Retired2hunt's picture

I don't know if i agree with

I don't know if i agree with the quota hunting specifics here within OK or any other state that does the same.  I don't see the need in selling 170+ tags for a definite 30+ some real harvests.  It just seems to me that the DOW is making money on this venue and not focused on the real thing as in animal culling to ensure a real and healthy animal future.