Oklahoma Hunting News

Controlled Hunt Application Deadline
Hunters have until May 14 to submit their applications for the 2004 Oklahoma Controlled Hunts program. Administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Controlled Hunts Program offers a wide variety of highly desirable hunts through a random drawing.
Antlerless Deer Season Dates Approved
After some discussion the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to make no changes to the antlerless deer season dates for the 2004 muzzleloader and modern firearms hunting seasons.
Youth Hunters Test Their Skills
Youth hunters who would like to test their knowledge and skills can sign up for one of eight Youth Hunter Education Challenge events (YHEC) that will be held across the state this spring.
11 year-old Wins Gold at World Skeet Championship
Four months after picking up a shotgun for the first time, 11-year-old Jon Michael McGrath from Tulsa broke 122 clays out of 125 to capture a gold medal in the World Skeet Championship. It all began in June of 2003 when McGrath went to the Boy Scout Camp Tom Hale near Talihina, Oklahoma. One day of the weeklong summer camp was a free day, where scouts could participate in their choice of activities, and Michael wanted to shoot a shotgun.
Time to Renew Hunting Licenses
It’s that time of year again - time for Oklahoma sportsmen to renew their annual hunting and fishing licenses. Bowhunters who plan to take advantage of the added January days need to be particularly mindful about renewing licenses and permits. Unless archers possess a lifetime hunting or lifetime combination license, they will need both a 2004 annual hunting license and a new 2004 archery deer license to hunt from Jan. 1 through Jan. 15 (antlerless deer only).
Statewide Deer Harvest Could Top 100,000
While breaking the annual harvest record may be a long shot, Oklahoma deer hunters could break the 100,000 deer mark for the third time in just a four-year span.
Deer Hunting Opening Weekend Successful
Pardon the pun, but the 2003 Oklahoma deer gun season has started off with a bang. “I have been hearing quite a few good reports,” said Russ Horton, central region wildlife biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “In fact I even heard of one check station that had run out of tags.”
Regional Deer Gun Season Outlook
Here is a look at wildlife biologists have to say about the upcoming deer gun season.
Outdoor Prizes to be Awarded to Top Teacher and Student Writers
Students and teachers are running out of time to enter to win a guided antelope hunt in New Mexico and a scholarship to the American Wilderness Leadership school in Wyoming. Entries must be postmarked by November 14 to be eligible.
Hunters Anticipating Upcoming Black Powder Season
The brilliant fall colors and the cool winds of late October means there is one thing on the minds of most Oklahoma hunters - muzzleloader deer season.