Powder – check. Bullets – check. Primers – check. The gun firing when you pull the trigger – hopefully!
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 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.
The packet came in the mail just in time for waterfowl season to start. Now it’s up to me to fill up the envelopes with feathers and mail them back.
I’ve been on my first hunt of the year and it wasn’t for doves. I reached past my shotguns, not because it was what I wanted to do, but because it was what had to be done.
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 past few weeks have brought a tremendous amount of change for the critters that inhabit the Cross Timbers landscape, and I was fortunate enough to witness some great examples.
The new Governor is taking steps toward dealing with Chronic Wasting Disease – unfortunately those steps are in the opposite direction from the wildlife department.
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.
Our new governor’s first veto is a ruling in favor of sportsmen and women throughout Oklahoma, and that decision has me believing he has our best interests at heart.
It’s taken a lot of time a vision to build Oklahoma’s deer herd into the balanced and prolific resource it is today. It’s going take even more to ensure it stays that way.
You spoke and those in charge of our state's wildlife listened. The results of the 2018 waterfowl hunter survey are in, and they could help to shape future regulation changes.
Not all hunting seasons are listed in the local hunting regulations. Before you get your sights on spring turkeys, keep in mind local bucks are willing to give you their antlers.
Consideration of Chronic Wasting Disease control proposals brings with it consideration of safeguarding the state’s deer herd. Accountability from hunters will be the key to proposed changes.
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.
Oklahoma might soon have a way to respond to a mysterious disease found in wild and captive deer herds. There may be no way to predict or cure an outbreak of chronic wasting disease, but at least there could soon be authority and a framework for response.
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.
It’s time to swap the rifle for a shotgun to finish out the hunting season. While time remains to deer hunt, the bulk of the opportunities moving forward are for the birds.
There’s been a close call, little bucks everywhere and a pig on the run. This was only the first week and who knows what the last week of gun season will bring.
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.
With the muzzleloader harvest continuing to be tallied, it’s clear that bow hunters will have the best deer hunting days of the year before the start of the regular gun season.
I had all my tree stands and blinds inspected last weekend by an 8-year old. Part of me thought it was because I wanted to feel confident going into muzzleloader season and part of me knew it was time to wave the white flag on early bow hunting.
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.
I double checked this to make sure I wasn’t wrong, and there is no doubt that fall hunting will begin in less than a month.
No matter what anyone has told you, life can be found in a fish bowl. All you have to do is bring your pond inside and put it in a tank. That’s why my indoor pond is coming soon.
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