Oklahoma Hunting News

Oklahoma Controlled Hunt Applications Online

Offering once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck hunts, and a range of other quality deer, turkey, quail and coon hunts, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's controlled hunts program is a valuable resource for sportsmen, and now is the time for hunters to submit applications.

Applications for Oklahoma's Annual Wildlife Youth Camp - Due April 15th

Teenagers have until April 15 to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual Wildlife Youth Camp.

The popular camp is slated for July 10-15, and youth who attend will learn about rewarding careers that focus on managing wildlife for the future.

The youth camp, which is held at Oklahoma University Biological Station at Lake Texoma and open to Oklahoma residents, introduces youth age 14-16 to careers in wildlife-related fields and increases their awareness of conserving and managing Oklahoma's wildlife resources.

Oklahoma Youth Turkey Weekend - April 2-3

Youth who would like to go turkey hunting have a unique opportunity April 2-3, when young hunters have a chance to hunt turkeys before anybody else this spring. They just need an adult who will take them.

The fifth annual youth spring turkey season is open to hunters under 18 years of age who are accompanied by an adult, and youth may harvest one tom turkey to count toward their county and regular spring season harvest limit.

Oklahoma Changes Turkey Season for 2012

Stabilizing populations of Eastern wild turkeys in southeast Oklahoma is at the heart of a new state turkey hunting rule change that will go into effect in the spring of 2012.

Oklahoma Changes Hunting License Structure

Some changes to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's hunting and fishing license structure will affect the way some sportsmen choose the licenses they need in 2011.

At its January meeting, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission did not have a quorum and no actions were taken. The Commission did hear several presentations, however, including one from Melinda Sturgess-Streich, assistant director of administration and finance, detailing license changes that became effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Oklahoma Deer Gun Season Opens Nov 20th

Known as one of the biggest days of the year for Oklahoma hunters, the deer gun season opener is fast approaching. This year's deer gun season runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 5.

Annual deer harvest numbers over the past several years are at an all-time high, and last year 62 percent of the total annual harvest was accounted for during the deer gun season.

Oklahoma Bear Season Opened and Closed on First Day

In an unprecedented and unexpected turn of events, Oklahoma black bear archery season opened and closed in one day when hunters reached the quota of 20 bears Oct. 1 in southeast Oklahoma.

A total of 32 black bears were harvested Oct. 1, which is 13 more than were harvested in about a month's time last year.

Oklahoma Deer Muzzleloader Season Begins Oct. 23rd

After a successful black bear season ended Oct. 1 when hunters harvested 32 bears on opening day - reaching the season quota and therefore officially closing the season - sportsmen are now enjoying deer archery season and gearing up for deer muzzleloader season Oct. 23-31.

Oklahoma Youth Deer Season Opens Oct. 15

With deer gun season slated for late November, young Oklahoma hunters the chance at a buck and a doe before the rush during the youth deer gun season Oct. 15-17.

The youth season is open to hunters under 18 years of age. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a hunter 18 years or older. Youth hunting with an apprentice-designated license must be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is 21 years old or older who is hunter education certified or exempt.

Oklahoma Archery Black Bear and Deer Season Kicks Off Oct. 1st

Oklahoma's deer and bear archery seasons kick off Oct. 1, not even a full week after the close of the second annual antelope archery season.

"While Oklahoma has always offered tremendous opportunities to hunt big game, we are at a historical high point for hunting opportunity," said Jerry Shaw, big game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "You can start your big game hunting season with the mid-September archery antelope season, take a few days break, and then continue hunting deer through the start of the new year."