Oklahoma Deer News

... “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," ... 


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Oklahoma data: Nearly a million deer prior to 2012 and 2013 hunting season, but no formal estimate.  The 2014 deer population is the lowest in 10 years. Drought reduced populations in 2011 and 2012 contributed to 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 should improve 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  Hunting generates an estimated $600 million annually in the state.  About 200,000 hunters.
    About 300 elk in the panhandle, so hunting season opens in 2014.

Report Poaching:   Operation Game Thief hotline at 1 (800) 522-8039. Rewards are available

Other useful links:
-  Deer Harvest Statistics
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Ornamental and Garden Plants:  Controlling Deer Damage [PDF]  OSU
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Hunting Regulations    Mission Statement: The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is to manage Oklahoma’s wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.


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