Oklahoma Hunting News

Antlerless Deer Season Dates Set
“Essentially the dates will remain the same as last year, with only minor calendar adjustments,” said Alan Peoples, wildlife chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “However, we did make one small change. After hearing from hunters in southeast Oklahoma (zone 10) we have moved the antlerless deer day in the middle of the regular gun season to a Saturday, rather than Sunday.”
Statewide Deer Harvest Could Top 100,000
Preliminary harvest figures indicate a near record-breaking season. Through the end of the deer gun season, hunters harvested 89,409 deer, the second highest preliminary harvest recorded since the record harvest of 2000. Once figures from the second half of archery season, controlled hunts and other hunts are tallied, the final 2005 harvest could exceed 100,000.
Rattlesnake Hunting Permits now Available
While most people tend to avoid rattlesnakes whenever possible, there are more than a few who actually go looking for them. These brave individuals gather each spring at rattlesnake round-ups, hunts and festivals in communities like Apache, Mangum, Waurika, Okeene and Waynoka.
Fur Auctions to be Held in Okmulgee and Perry
Hunters and trappers will have a chance to sell their harvested furs at a pair of upcoming auctions hosted by the First Oklahoma Trappers and Predator Callers Association.
Commission Hears of Pioneering New License Sales System
At its January meeting the Wildlife Conservation Commission heard about the ground-breaking new way hunting and fishing licenses are now being sold across the state.
Survey Gives High Marks to State Wildlife Agency
In a time when good customer service seems to have gone the way of full-service gas stations or live telephone operators, one state agency is receiving high marks from its constituents, according to a recent regional research survey.
Pro-Active Plan to Conserve All Wildlife
Oklahoma’s plan to conserve all native wildlife in the state is complete. The Wildlife Action Plan is the result of 16 months of work by scientists, sportsmen, conservationists, and other members of the community.
Hunters Sharing Their Harvest
Last year Oklahoma hunters donated 33,227 pounds of venison, that’s more than 16 tons, to the Hunters Against Hunger program. That is enough meat to provide nutritious meals for nearly 133,000 people.
Deer Harvest up 8.5 Percent
If you haven’t been deer hunting yet this year, you’re missing out on what is shaping up to be a great season. The numbers don’t lie - hunters have already taken 31,825 deer according to preliminary deer harvest totals, an 8.5-percent increase over this same time last year.
Deer Gun Season Coming Soon
If you have been procrastinating about taking a hunter education course, your time is about to run out. With deer gun season just a few weeks away, the opportunities to complete a hunter education class are dwindling by the day.