Regional Deer Gun Season Outlook
Here is a look at wildlife biologists have to say about the upcoming deer gun season.
Hunters in northeast Oklahoma should be optimistic about opening day, according to Craig Endicott, northeast region wildlife supervisor.
“There is no reason not to think that we are going to have a great season,” Endicott said. “The deer herd appears to be in great shape and hunters should get out and take advantage of the 16-day deer gun season.”
Endicott added that warm, dry and windy weather made for challenging hunting conditions during muzzleloader season.
“That’s three things deer hunters don’t want to hear - warm, dry and windy,” Endicott said. “However, I still heard of quite a few hunters who kept after it and got a deer.”
With a good acorn crop and plenty of green browse available, Endicott said that deer movement was limited during muzzleloader season. But the best is yet to come.
“I am starting to see some increase buck activity including some scrapes and rubs. And that should be great news for deer gun hunters,” Endicott said.
If the pine-covered hills of southeast Oklahoma is your preferred deer hunting locale, the news is positive, according to Jack Waymire, southeast region wildlife supervisor.
“It could be a real good deer gun season in this part of the state,” Waymire said. “We could use a little moisture, but overall we’re in fine shape going into gun season.”
According to Waymire, the acorn crop was excellent in some places and not so great in other places. Finding a good food source maybe the difference in filling your deer tag in southeast Oklahoma.
It’s an unfortunate theme across southwest Oklahoma according Ron Smith, wildlife biologist at Sandy Sanders and Altus-Lugert wildlife management areas.
“For the sixth year in a row we have been in drought conditions in southwest Oklahoma,” Smith said. “Muzzloader season was hot and dry and deer activity seemed to be slow.”
Smith said there is no reason for deer gun reason to be discouraged.
“The deer population is in pretty good shape. I have been seeing lots of does and I would encourage hunters to harvest an antlerless deer if they get an opportunity,” Smith said.
Northwest Oklahoma has seen more favorable weather conditions according to Wade Free, northwest region wildlife supervisor.
“We had some good rains earlier in the year and some comfortable weather for muzzleloader hunters. And it seems like a good percentage of muzzleloader hunters had a successful season.” Free said. “Foe harvest is up and that is good for the deer her, were looking forward to a great gun season.”