Oklahoma Hunting News

State Wildlife Grants Receives Support
Senator James Inhofe pledged his support again this year for the State Wildlife Grants program, the most important new conservation program in the past 50 years for keeping fish and wildlife populations healthy. Fifty-five other Senators and 128 members of the U.S. House of Representatives also signed letters urging continued funding for the program.
Squirrel Season Opens May 15
One of the great things about the outdoors is that there is always another great hunting season or event right around the corner. Just as turkey season is winding to a close, it’s time to think about another hunting season – squirrel season. Running May 15 through Jan. 31, squirrel season is one of the longest continuous hunting seasons available in Oklahoma.
Controlled Hunts Deadline Drawing Near
Hopeful hunters have just a few more weeks to apply for the 2005-2006 Controlled Hunts. Applicants have until May 6, 2005, to turn in their applications. Hunters can now submit their applications for the hunts over the Internet by logging onto www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm.
Wildlife Department and Partners to Co-Host Public Meetings
The Oklahoma Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy will be the focus of a series of statewide public meetings to be held April 4-8. The meetings will be co-hosted by a diverse group of partners including the Noble Foundation, OG&E, Weyerhaeuser Inc., The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and Cameron University.
Guided Turkey Hunt Offered for Physically Disabled Youth
A private land turkey hunt for five physically disabled youth under 18 years of age is being offered this spring in Ellis County. Applicants must have a permanent physical disability which significantly impairs mobility.
Turkey Numbers on the Rise
“We certainly have the birds now. All we need is for the weather to hold out,” said Jack Waymire, southeast region senior wildlife biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It seems like we get a big rain every year on opening day of turkey season, but maybe it will stay dry this year.”
Shotgun Training Education Program
The Poteau Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and the LeFlore County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation have joined together with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to promote shotgun training in southeast Oklahoma.
YHEC Offers Test of Skills for Young Hunters
“These events are a great way to stay involved in hunting and outdoor recreation all year long, and they are also a great way to hone your skills in the off-season and maybe even learn a few new ones,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Hunters Reminded to Tag Bobcats
The 2004-05 Oklahoma bobcat season closes Feb. 28, and anyone who has harvested a bobcat must have it tagged by March 14, 2005. With the season on other furbearers closing Jan. 31, all other pelts must be registered with the Wildlife Department by Feb. 10.
Opportunities Still Available for Deer Hunters
Much of the state, except for the far southeast and the panhandle, will have three days of antlerless-only gun hunting running from Dec. 31 through Jan. 2. Hunters should consult the antlerless deer hunt zone map on page 14 of the “2004-05 Oklahoma Hunting Guide” to determine which areas will offer the special antlerless deer gun seasons.