Deer hunting is the most popular hunting season in Oklahoma.
The overall economic impact on our state is over $600,000,000.
More than 82,000 archers, nearly 102,000 primitive firearms
hunters and over 197,000 gun hunters combined harvested 111,427
deer in 2008. The statewide management goal continues to place
emphasis on reducing harvests pressure on the young buck segment
of the herd and increasing the harvest of does. With the
continued fine tuning of hunting regulations and increasing
public awareness of proper deer management practices, our
state's deer herd will continue to flourish.
Whitetails are creatures of the woodland edge, utilizing forest or dense thickets for cover but feeding on browse and forbs along the edges of clearings. The best habitat is a patchwork of woodlands and openings. White-tailed deer may consume more than 600 types of plants and plant products, but mast producing trees, browse and cool season forage are considered some of the most important assets of quality deer habitat.
Seasons and other Information
- Cy Curtis Awards Program
- Youth Deer Conservationist award for antlered deer
- Youth Deer Conservationist award for antlerless deer
- Regulations for Deer Hunting
- Deer Check Stations
- Deer Harvest Totals
- History of whitetail deer in Oklahoma
- Hunters Against Hunger
- Chronic Wasting Disease