Oklahoma Hunting News

Controlled Hunts Offer Unique Opportunities
When most sportsmen think about Oklahoma hunting, they think about the staples - deer, turkey and quail. But there is also some very unique opportunities available to Oklahoma hunters. Just imagine crawling over rolling granite mountains in pursuit of a trophy elk or stalking a pronghorn antelope on a wind-swept plain.
Bonus Youth Deer Hunts Offered
Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in nine youth antlerless deer controlled hunts that will take place on private lands in several Oklahoma counties.
Feeling Lucky? Controlled Hunt Results Available July 21
Applicants in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Controlled Hunt program have been keeping their fingers crossed for a few months now and the moment of truth is at hand. The results of the drawing will be announced July 21.
Fourth Year of Testing Shows no CWD
For the fourth year in a row chronic wasting disease was not discovered in the state’s wild deer herd. “It’s certainly good news for deer and deer hunters,” said Mike Shaw, wildlife research supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Personnel took brain samples from 1,000 deer and elk harvested during the 2002-03 hunting season from 44 different counties.
16 Day Statewide Deer Gun Season Left in Place
Members of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission debated rescinding the statewide extended deer gun season to provide a 16-day season in all counties except McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, but voted 6-2 to keep a statewide 16-day deer gun season. The action occurred at the Commission’s April 7 meeting.
Controlled Hunt Apps Available
It is that time of year again – time for hunters to submit their applications for the 2003 Controlled Hunts. Hunters can now apply over the internet 24 hours a day by logging onto www.wildlifedepartment.com/controlhunt.htm Not only can hunters save a stamp by applying online, they can also confirm that their application has been received as soon as they apply.
Help Manage Snow Goose Population
Once again, hunters are being called on to help manage the overpopulation of snow geese. The Conservation Order Light Goose Season (COLGS), which takes effect February 17 and runs through March 30, is designed to reduce the mid-continent light geese population.
Elk Hunt Up For Auction
Hunters have a unique opportunity to not only bid on a fully guided bull elk hunt at Cookson Wildlife Management Area, but also help needy Oklahomans in the process. For the fifth year in a row the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) is auctioning a bull elk hunt, and the proceeds will go to the Hunters Against Hunger program.
Private Land Youth Hunts Successful
It is not every day a win-win situation comes along, but the recently completed private lands youth deer hunts were just that. Landowners got another tool in managing deer herd on their property and the youth participants got a great opportunity to harvest an antleress deer.
Commission Considers Extended Deer Gun Season and Special Youth Hunt
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission heard at its regular December meeting that the Wildlife Department will be proposing a variety of hunting regulation changes for next year at public meetings to be held in January across the state. Most prominent on the list of changes are proposals to add seven days onto the regular deer gun season, and create a special three-day antlerless only youth deer gun season in mid-October.