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.
Statewide totals were 5,481 deer higher than those observed at the same time last year, representing an increase of nearly seven percent. Antlered deer harvest was up 7.2 percent statewide and doe harvest also increased 6.5 percent. Each of the state’s five wildlife regions recorded an increase, with the southeast seeing the largest increase. Southeast Oklahoma hunters took 3,283 more deer than in 2004.
A complete breakdown of the 2005 deer season will be featured in the Big Game Report in the September/October issue of Outdoor Oklahoma magazine. Individuals can subscribe to "Outdoor Oklahoma," on the universal license form wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold; or by calling 1-800-777-0019. Subscriptions are just $10 for one year, $18 for two years, or $25 for three years. You can also subscribe over the Internet by logging on to the Department's Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.