Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens Oct. 22

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Oklahoma deer hunters are looking forward to Oct. 22 – the opening day of deer muzzleloader season across the state.

The statewide season runs Oct. 22-30, offering nine days of traditional-style hunting that harkens back to the early days of Oklahoma's hunting heritage. Hunting with a muzzleloading firearm offers a great chance for Oklahoma hunters to harvest a deer, and possibly a big buck. Additionally, cool breezes and fall colors make it a great time to be out in the woods.

Oklahomans are blessed with a wide variety of terrain that whitetail deer call home. Many of the more than 77 wildlife management areas in the state are open for all, or a portion of, the nine-day muzzleloader season. Regardless of where you go it is always a good idea to do some scouting before the season.

Hunters can do a little virtual scouting and never leave the comfort of home by logging onto The Web site offers an award-winning digital wildlife management area atlas. And best of all it is free. In addition to detailed maps, sportsmen can find additional information such as camping locations and contact information for local biologists.

More than 100,000 hunters participated in the muzzleloader season last year. These hunters contributed significantly to the $909 million economic impact produced by all of Oklahoma's nearly 300,000 hunters according to the most recent economic impact a survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For specific information regarding which areas are open to muzzleloader season, licenses, bag limits, blaze orange clothing requirements or legal firearms, consult the "2005 Oklahoma Hunting Guide" or log onto