Animal Conservation

Oklahoma’s most popular deer hunting season opens November 19

Oklahoma’s most popular hunting season, the 16-day deer hunting season, opens on November 19.

An estimated 164,000 deer hunters hunted white-tailed deer and mule deer last year during deer hunting season.

Through Wednesday, Oklahoma hunters had recorded 35,511 deer from the archery, muzzleloader and young deer seasons, slightly behind last year’s count of 36,200 for the same period.

“Areas that are lucky enough to have an acorn harvest, the deer are pounding them really, really hard right now,” said Dallas Barber, big game biologist for the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Oklahoma. “With colder temperatures coming over the next few days, there should be deer standing and standing.”

So far, 51% of the total harvest has been made from deer or antlerless stags, which pleases biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Biologists want 40-45% of the harvest to be antlerless deer. This creates a more balanced buck to deer ratio and in many ways benefits the overall health of the deer herd.

“It’s a much better place than we’ve been for the last few years,” Barber said. “Going into the rifle (season), way ahead of our goal, it’s good to see.”

Oklahoma hunters recorded the third-highest deer harvest in history last season, harvesting 117,629 deer, with the highest percentage of that total (58.6%) being the result of State Guns: 16-Day Gun Season, Youth Gun Season, and the upcoming Woodless Holiday Season from Dec. 18 to Dec. 31.

Pittsburgh, Osage and McCurtain counties top the list of top deer hunting counties in the state, based solely on last season’s total counts. Pittsburg County had 4,071 deer recorded by hunters last season. Osage County had 4,055 and McCurtain County had 2,842.

They are followed by Atoka (2,828), Creek (2,752), Pushmataha (2,754), Pottawatomie (2,552), Lincoln (2,461), Cherokee (2,327), Le Flore (2,298) counties. and Rogers (2,240).

Hunting regulations are unchanged for this year’s modern firearms season. Hunters may take up to four deer during gun season, but only one deer with antlers.

Unsurprisingly, hunters have by far the most success on the opening day of gun season.

MLF headquarters leaves Tulsa

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced last week that it would be moving its headquarters from Tulsa to Benton, Kentucky.

The MLF said in a press release that the majority of its tournament operating staff and equipment already reside in Benton. The move will help streamline logistics and operations for the more than 250 MLF-sanctioned events each year, the organization said.

Tulsa-based employees will continue to work remotely for MLF, as they have since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Wilburn, a Tulsa native who was the driving force behind MLF, has stepped down as president and CEO. He is entering a semi-retired role with Major League Fishing.

FROM : The Guthrie Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fundraising banquet on November 18 at the Hudson Springs Event Center in Guthrie. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a dinner, auction, raffle and other games for prizes. For more information, call Paul Fincher at 405-850-0275 or email [email protected]

End of the course

Thirty-seven years is enough.

After nearly 37 years working at The Oklahoman — the last 20 of which were covering the outdoors — I call it a career. I will be 63 in January and have decided to accept a voluntary severance offer from my employer, Gannett.

Being a journalist is all I’ve ever known.

I fell into this business in high school when a teacher recruited me into her English class to cover sports for the school newspaper. I won a few writing awards and the dice were rolled.

I’ve covered many beats at The Oklahoman over the years, including a decade of reporting from the Federal Courthouse and Oklahoma City County.

In fact, the days my two daughters were born, I was covering major murder trials. While my wife, Linda Lynn, was in labor with her #2 daughter Kaci, I still had in my possession a notebook full of testimony from that day’s trial, so I dictated over the phone from the courtroom. a page a story at the city office .

I thought I should have gotten a raise after this effort, but for some reason Linda wasn’t happy about it.

Years later, I was working in the Oklahoman State Office when I had the opportunity to write about the things that really matter to most Oklahomans, hunting and fishing.

The associate editor approached me one day over 20 years ago and asked if I would be interested in covering the outdoors for the newspaper. He didn’t have to ask twice.

I would say being an outdoor writer was the highlight of my years at The Oklahoman, but I met Linda at the newspaper.

She had recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma and had been hired as a journalist when she started dating. We ignored instructional videos shown by management to newsroom staff about how workplace romances were a bad idea.

Thirty-five years and three kids later proves that not all of them are bad ideas.

Covering the outdoors gave me the opportunity to hear and see elk bawling during an autumn sunrise over the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, to see thousands of bats flying out of Selman’s Bat Cave at dusk on a summer evening and hear the famous bobwhite whistle on the prairie of western Oklahoma.

However, all good things come to an end. I have reached the end of the trail for this adventure. The next time I have a fishing rod in my hands, I won’t be working.