Oklahoma Deer News

Deer hunting in Oklahoma moves into digital age November 26, 2014 Oklahoma, KTEN
...  new e-check system is saving the state money since it no longer has to send biologists and technicians to physical check stations to collect data... , the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation estimates 200,000 hunters ... deer gun season ... 

Game warden hunts for poachers November 24, 2014 Oklahoma, Claremore Daily Progress 
... In the past five days Henry has worked cases involving 14 deer carcasses, a number he calls highly unusual...

Rut reports raise optimism for good deer gun season November 23, 2014 Oklahoma, The Pryor Times 
... Reports from this past weekend indicate that rutting activity was in progress in most areas. Deer were being observed moving more during daylight hours. And bucks have been seen chasing does...

Not everyone is a fan of E-check for deer November 23, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma News
... all hunters must check in their deer within 24 hours using the Wildlife Department’s E-check system at www.wildlifedepartment.com...  I still know people that don’t have the Internet. Even if they have it at home, they may not have mobile Internet at their hunting camp. Count me as one of the people opposed to the new style of checking deer.” ...

Deer rifle season begins Saturday November 21, 2014 Oklahoma,  Grandlakenews
... Four does and two bucks are the limit. That is for all seasons combined. The deer gun limit, you can take one antlered and two anterless deer, but at least one of those anterless deer must be harvested from zone 2, 7, or 8... 

... o far in 2014, archery hunters have checked in more than 17,000 deer, a pace slightly ahead of last year's harvest at this time. Deer archery season will remain open through Jan. 15.  Youth deer gun hunters checked 4,277 deer for the Oct. 17-19 season. That number is 9 percent lower than last year's youth deer gun harvest of 4,700 ...

Coming soon: deer season ...  November 18, 2014 Oklahoma, Tulsa World
... Deer populations seem to be bouncing back with a better summer after years of prolonged drought, especially in the eastern and central parts of the state. Portions of the drought-stricken west still are suffering, he said. ...  in muzzleloader season ... 2 percent lower than 2013, and last year’s fewer participating hunters and fewer kills put that total 30 percent lower than 2012. ...

Check stations are not optional November 18, 2014 Oklahoma, Grandlakenews
... online systems, available atwww.wildlifedepartment.com, are required for all hunters who harvest a deer this season... “Biologists can use this information to set season guidelines and to evaluate trends in harvest over time.” ...

Gun season opens Saturday in Oklahoma November 17, 2014 Grandlakenews
... The ODWC reported that rifle hunters accounted for 58 percent of the total deer harvest for 2012. Data indicates 155,246 hunters headed to the field for the gun season ...

Oklahoma's deer gun season: What you need to know November 16, 2014  Oklahoma News 
... Hunters who kill a deer during the hunting seasons are required by law to check in the deer within 24 hours using the online E-Check system at wildlifedepartment.com ...  “This is a top priority for the department.  “If you get caught not checking your harvest, the fine just for illegally possessing wildlife and the restitution could be in the thousands of dollars ...

The rut is all around us November 16, 2014 Oklahoma, Stillwater News Press
... Female white-tailed deer (does) are coming into estrous for the first time of the season and males (bucks) are in overdrive ... During the breeding season, or rut, bucks leave scent deposits from various glands (such as tarsal and preorbital) on their body. These scent deposits serve as olfactory communication between bucks ...

Deer cooperatives catching on in Oklahoma November 16, 2014 Oklahoma, NewsOK.com
... His idea was to have everybody with adjoining properties manage the deer herd with the same goals.  He proposed that everyone would refrain from shooting young bucks (except for kids and first-time deer hunters) and only harvest mature whitetails. They would also attempt to keep a balanced buck-doe ratio in the herd by harvesting more does...

Missouri law to impact Oklahoma deer farmers November 9, 2014 Oklahoma, Enid News 
... The changes include a ban on the importation of live white-tailed deer from other states...  Oklahoma does significant commerce with Missouri with farmed deer...

Deer Hunters Evading E-Check Law Risk Stiff Penalty November 4, 2014 Oklahoma, Daily Ardmoreite
... Hunters who take a deer this season in Oklahoma are required by law to check in their harvest using the online E-Check system at wildlifedepartment.com. Those who choose to break the law are risking hefty fines and the loss of their hunting or fishing privileges ...

Muzzleloader Seasons Open Oct. 25 for Deer, Elk, Bear October 22, 2014 Oklahoma, Daily Ardmoreite
... Last year, about 85,000 hunters participated in Oklahoma's muzzleloader deer season. Muzzleloader hunters checked in 14,981 deer harvested during the nine-day season in 2013...

Deer season underway October 14, 2014 Oklahoma, Grand Lake News 
... “White tailed deer in Oklahoma were virtually extinct in about 1916.” ...  Now, with a booming population of over an estimated half million ...

2014 Deer Hunting Season Underway October 10, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma Farm Report
... White tailed deer in Oklahoma were virtually extinct in about 1916.”  Great strides have been taken since the mid-1950s to restore the population of white tailed deer in Oklahoma. Now, with a booming population of over an estimated half million ...

Moore man takes first elk on private land October 5, 2014 Oklahoma, NewsOK.com
... there are free-ranging elk in 33 counties in Oklahoma — most of them  ... escapees from private elk farms or commercial hunting operations...  He became the first person in the state to check in an elk during the inaugural hunting season ...

Looking ahead to big-game archery seasons September 28, 2014 Oklahoma, NewsOK.com
... Oklahoma hunters should see heavier and healthier deer than in the past two seasons.  “The groceries are better,”  ... while there is better fawn survival this year, it will take two or three years for the population to rebound ...

Chances of drivers hitting deer in Oklahoma may be down this fall September 21, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma News
... it will take at least five years for populations to bounce back after recent drought years in 2011 and 2012, said Erik Bartholomew, a biologist at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Before the droughts of 2011 and 2012, there was an estimated deer population of about 650,000 statewide. Today the deer estimate is 575,000...

Some wild deer w/ fawns playing in background Lake Eufaula, OK - September 20, 2014



... There’s a one in 213 chance, which is three percent lower than last year.  Experts say the deer population is decreasing ...

Deer appearing earlier in Oklahoma this year September 9, 2014 Oklahoma, KOCO Oklahoma City
... when the weather turns cooler, the deer move more often during the day. They say the food sources are also changing and acorns, which deer feed on, are dropping off trees...

Food plots to increase deer harvest August 20, 2014 Oklahoma, Edmond Sun
... Planting annuals like winter wheat or rye are cost-effective and are well-adapted to the Oklahoma climate. Perennials, such as clover or other legumes, are more expensive but last for several years...

Deer hunters asked to provide age information on their kills  August 19, 2014 Oklahoma, Tulsa World 
... Hunters are asked to pull a jawbone and send photographs of the teeth and jaw to the department. Those who do so will see the age of their deer posted with their harvest information on the state’s online check station... with the department’s initiative with the slogan “Hunters In The Know Let Young Bucks Grow” more mature bucks are showing up in the harvest...

Oklahoma Commission Reviews Redesigned Wildlifedepartment.com Deer Page August 8, 2014 Shooting Wire
... the new online pages at www.wildlifedepartment.com. ... among recent efforts supporting deer hunter education through the "Hunters in the Know ... Let Young Bucks Grow!" awareness campaign... topics including Big Game Report harvest data, whitetail history, Cy Curtis Awards Program online database and a new, first-in-the-nation "Age My Deer" interactive program...

... Factors contributing to the decline are continued drought in much of the state, difficult hunting conditions in parts of the state springing from the drought, and severe weather events at key points.  With fewer deer born in 2011 and 2012 the population in some areas is the smallest it has been in many years... Significant winter weather also affected the opening few days of the holiday antlerless season...



... the total deer harvest was 88,009. This compares to the 107,848 deer that were taken by hunters in 2012-13... A total of 52,197 bucks (59.3 percent) and 35,812 (40.7 percent) does were harvested in 2013-14... "We know that 2011 and 2012 were particularly bad recruitment years for reproduction due to widespread drought across the state," ...

... “The drought absolutely decimated the Deer’s food source especially in the northwest,” ... The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says the overall deer population is at its lowest in more than a decade causing the disease-spreading midge flu to infect deer... Hunting is big business in Oklahoma bringing in an overall $600,000,000...

Whitetail deer fawns increasing in area June 22, 2014 Oklahoma, Stillwater News Press
... Fawns are typically born in late May or early June in Oklahoma ... Recent rains across the state have dramatically improved forage quantity and should help with fawn survival this season...

... Elk can be found in at least 30 of Oklahoma's 77 counties ... Most are found in the southwest region in and around the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge ... Resident elk licenses cost $51 ...

Concerns For Wildlife During Memorial Day Weekend May 23, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma's Own NewsOn6 
... "These little fawns, since they are so young, their first defense is to curl up in a little ball keep their head low and be still and hope that predators will walk by ... People don't know that's how they protect themselves and think they are little orphans ... Wildcare Foundation ...

... A total of 88,009 deer were killed by Oklahoma hunters last season, almost 20,000 fewer than the previous hunting seasonnd almost 25,000 fewer than two years ago... “We have had a drought for quite some time which has impacted reproduction,”...

Bartlesville Family Wakes Up To Deer In Its Swimming Pool May 7, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma's Own NewsOn6 
... police trying to help the deer out of the pool, the doe managed to climb out on her own and run away....

... Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation say a statewide elk season addresses agricultural depredation problems for some landowners by allowing for a controlled thinning of elk herds while creating new opportunities for hunters.  Elk can be found in at least 30 of Oklahoma's 77 counties ...

White-tailed Deer Management Workshop scheduled May 1 April 11, 2014 Oklahoma, okstate.edu
... “This field day would be beneficial for anyone interested in improving white-tailed deer habitat or deer populations on their property,” said Dwayne Elmore, OSU Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist. The workshop will be held at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested should contact Elmore at (405) 744-9636 or dwayne.elmore@okstate.edu to RSVP by April 21.

Oklahoma ready for statewide elk hunting March 9, 2014 Oklahoma News 
... “Our estimate in the Panhandle was about 300 animals,” ... “There are liberal elk seasons in New Mexico and Colorado and when they get to pushing them, they come over on us.” ...

Commission approves elk hunting season March 3, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma News 
... The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation had proposed the statewide hunting season on private land because the agency’s surveys showed that 33 counties in the state had six or more free-ranging elk... The majority of free-ranging elk in the rest of the state either have been released or escaped from commercial hunting operations or private elk farms ...

...  an informant provided information that a group from Tennessee was taking deer in Oklahoma unlawfully...

Wildlife Department tries to appease both trophy hunters and meat hunters February 15, 2014 Oklahoma, Daily Oklahoman ·
... For years, the Wildlife Department has said the majority of hunters in Oklahoma are more interested in maximum hunting opportunities. Quantity over quality. That is still the prevailing sentiment today, but not by much... neighboring landowners work together to manage deer and other wildlife on their properties with a common goal, such as protecting young bucks and increasing the buck age structure...

Proposed deer hunting legislation incorrectly written, riles hunters February 11, 2014 Oklahoma, Daily Oklahoman 
... It was intended to be written to read that adult Oklahoma deer hunters could not shoot any buck whose antlers had less than a total of six points ... “Our staff lawyers are not avid deer hunters ... It was never meant to be written as a 6-point on each side. ... We filed the bill so the Department of Wildlife would come over here and have a discussion about what is being done to cultivate a more mature buck population,” ...

Deer crossing signs could be added to county roads February 4, 2014 Oklahoma, Duncan Banner
... A fatal accident last month on U.S. 81 that was caused by a deer may result in additional warning signs being posted ... In 2011, Oklahoma had 495 deer-related vehicle accidents ...

Deer season kill total down over previous years January 12, 2014 Oklahoma, Tulsa World 
...  The department's annual Big Game Report lists a long-term harvest average of 106,900, and the 2013 total will come in well below that... following two years of drought. Vegetation and mast were factors ... "We have a lot of anecdotal information from people saying they saw fewer fawns, of course," ... 

Oklahoma data:   The 2014 deer population is the lowest in 10 years, roughly estimated at 575,000, but more availability of food has improved fawn survival and resulted in healthier deer.  Still, it will take two or three years to rebound the drought that reduced populations in 2011 and 2012.  Populations have done better with more water in the eastern and central parts of the state, but not as well in the west.  
     A population of about 650,000 in 2010, perhaps closer to a million in previous years.  A big decline in the 2013 hunt, 88,009 deer, down almost 20,000 from 2012 and 25,000 from 2011.  Rain in the central region in the fall of 2013 and good acorn production in the northeast improved herd health. The drought has devastated populations in the northwest.  Spring rains in 2014 improved fawn survival.  Fawn survival was very low in the southwestern portion of the state in 2011.  A widespread outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) also reduced populations in 2012.  Deer density is highest in the southeast where there is rugged forest with steep hills. Deer were virtually extinct in 1914 - 1916, the result of over hunting.
     More than half the bucks harvested in the state recently have been 3.5 years old or older, compared to about 33 percent on average - better demographics for the herd.  Hunting Statistics  The 2013 hunt took 59.3 percent bucks. In 2013 the state started the s “Hunters In The Know Let Bucks Grow,” program, which encourages hunters to pass up shots on younger bucks in favor of taking only mature bucks.  Hunting generates an estimated $600 million annually in the state.  About 200,000 hunters.  Legal to feed deer.
    About 300 elk in the panhandle, first hunting season opens in 2014.

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