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It’s been a long wait since bow season closed on Jan. 15. Tuesday that wait will come to an end with the opening of archery deer, elk, bear, fall turkey and pronghorn seasons.

Local bucks finally look like bucks again, but that doesn’t mean that fall will bring a successful harvest.

Local deer hunters have a lot of work to do before the season opens on Oct. 1. Bucks will shed their velvet in a month and then hunting begins a month later. This season my list includes a new deer hunter.

Do you ever have that feeling like you’re being watched? I’ve recently been under surveillance and I have to admit it’s a little uncomfortable.

I made a mistake and bought a new trail camera. This one isn’t like any I’ve had before, and it definitely wasn’t a mistake.

The older I get and the more I read about hunting opportunities in other states, the more it bothers me that I don’t have the opportunity to hunt deer in velvet in the state of Oklahoma.

The gully behind my pond is a great place to build a nest. It has cover, a view of trouble coming from any direction and easy access to safe feeding areas. I still catch the hen down there, but she also had a major change in routine and went back to spending time with four other hens.

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma deer hunters hit six digits with their harvest, but that shouldn’t really be a surprise anymore. Oklahoma’s deer herd is in great shape and history says it’s ready to produce for seasons to come.

If you want it to be easier to deer hunt with a handgun or not have issues bringing back an animal harvested out of state, your opinion matters when it comes to changes in regulations. Just be sure you don’t harvest a bear with a collar.

There’s a phenomenon that occurs during the deer gun season that can’t be recreated any other time of the year. It unusually peaks from Thanksgiving through the following weekend and it’s not the rut but instead a product of the rut.

First it was stick and string, now youth hunters are wrapping up the first gun season, and soon it’s time for everyone to gain the advantage of hunting deer with firearms. Except it’s not that simple – it’s muzzleloader season and anything can happen when the trigger is squeezed.

Deer hunters have hit the woods with the start of archery season. A few have found success, but all have most certainly found the happiness that climbing back into a blind or tree stand brings. I look forward to this time of year more than any other, and some of the reasons might be ones tha…

Sunday begins a journey that spans more than three months, and challenges deer hunters to test patience, perseverance, self-control and more than anything, discipline. It’s time to deer hunt – bow season will be open before sunrise.

As deer season draws near, every hunter in the Cross Timbers is trying to figure out the travel patterns of local deer. New information has concluded that knowledge can be handed down through generations, and around here it’s does that learn and do the teaching.

Local hunters should expect above average numbers of waterfowl migrating this fall, but at the same time, duck numbers are down from this time last year. Next weekend will be the first chance to hunt the fall flight of 2018 and expectations are for another good waterfowl season.

The wait is over and hunting is set to begin again. The smell of gun oil, a wet dog and freshly cleaned doves equals opening weekend hunting success, but more seasons will be coming soon.


Lake McMurtry Friends is offering waterfowl hunting leases at Lake McMurtry for the 2018-2019 hunting season. The lake has a total of 16 waterfowl blinds located along its north shoreline and seven of those blinds are available this year.

When you read this article, there will be 56 days left until Oklahoma’s archery deer season opens up. Although hunting seasons are right around the corner, there is still plenty of time to take advantage of the warm weather and get out on the lake.