Oklahoma Hunting News

Hunters Sharing Their Harvest
“We really appreciate the generous donations from hunters and meat processors around the state," said Sally White, programs director for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. "We’ve already had around 1,500 pounds of venison donated this year. This meat is distributed almost immediately to hungry families and I know it is greatly appreciated.”
Conservation Organizations Support Habitat Work on Public Hunting Areas
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission recently approved matching federal funds to be used for habitat management projects on nine wildlife management areas around the state as well as an elk research project near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Deer Hunters Making Final Preparations for Upcoming Gun Season
Clean out the freezer, sight in your rifle and dig out the blaze orange, because the deer gun season is right around the corner. Running Nov. 20 through Dec. 5, the deer gun season is undoubtedly Oklahoma’s most popular hunting event and this year hunters have reason to be excited about the upcoming season.
Hunters Reminded to Use Safety Harnesses
It’s cheap, it’s lightweight, it’s easy to use and it might even save your life. “As far as I am concerned, a full-body safety harness is the best and cheapest life insurance you can buy, if you’re like most Oklahoma deer hunters and hunt from an elevated stand,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Archery Season Offers Ample Time to Head to the Woods
Opening day of archery deer season is October 1 and it is followed by over three full months of hunting opportunity. The season runs from Oct. 1 to Jan. 15, allowing more than 100 days of hunting. The first of Oklahoma's big game seasons, the archery deer season, attracted more than 88,000 Oklahoma hunters last year.
Bonus Youth Deer Hunts Deadline
Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in five youth controlled antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private lands in several Oklahoma counties. Applications must be received at the Wildlife Department no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, 2004.
Hunters Against Hunger Program Feeding Thousands
Oklahoma deer hunters have contributed hundreds of thousands of meals to feed Oklahoma’s hungry through donations of nutritious venison. In the 2003-04 deer hunting seasons alone, more than 21 tons of donated venison was served statewide through a network of community shelters and food pantries.
Deer Hunters Experience Another Great Year
After tallying harvest totals from both muzzleloader and gun deer seasons, along with the early and late archery seasons, personnel from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recorded a final harvest total 100,602 deer. The total is a small increase from last year’s harvest of 98,581.
Deer Herd Tests Negative for CWD
For the fifth year in a row, all tests came back negative for chronic wasting disease from samples taken from the state’s wild deer herd.
Conference Scheduled to Discuss the Future of Wildlife
Some of the state’s brightest and most knowledgeable wildlife experts will soon be gathering in Stillwater for a special wildlife conference, to be held July 13-15. The conference is the next step in the development of the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS).