Hunting is a way of life for many Oklahoma folks.
Growing up on the farm, hunting and fishing were two activities that were almost
always both available and affordable.
Most of the men and several of the women and all of the kids in our family enjoy
hunting. Whether you hunt on a lease, your own land or or one of Oklahoma's many
public hunting areas... whitetail deer remain the ultimate pursuit for most
Oklahoma hunters. However, a select few are lucky enough to 'draw out' for one
of Oklahoma's Special Hunts for Elk or even Antelope!
Oklahoma Deer Hunter Brings Home The Bacon
This year, an Oklahoma Crossbow Hunter went out deer hunting and came home
with a 760 pound hog! It took three crossbow bolts to kill the massive porker.
This is likely to be the largest feral swine ever killed in Oklahoma. More
details and a picture here:
Oklahoma Deer Hunter Kills Hogzilla/
The photo shows a picture of the hog and it looks to be a 'Barrow', which
begs the question: how 'wild' was this hog?. Join in on the controversy after
New Hunting Areas in Love County
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission recently passed emergency rules
for the Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area in Love County in southern
Oklahoma. The new WMA will be open during most hunting seasons except the deer
muzzleloader and gun seasons. Deer gun hunts and muzzleloader deer hunts on
Cross Timbers will be available next year by random drawing through the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservationís controlled hunts program. Cross Timbers
should offer great hunting for deer (archery), turkey, feral hogs and small
Hunters Helping The Hungry
Hunters Against Hunger is a program in which hunters who legally
harvest a deer during any deer season can donate the meat to feed hungry
Oklahomans. During the 2007-08 season, hunters donated over 30,000 pounds of
venison, which provided thousands of meals to hungry Oklahomans. If you enjoy
hunting, but hate skinning this is a great alternative.
To donate, deliver your deer to the nearest participating meat processor
after checking in your deer at a hunter check station.
Each year Oklahoma hunters donate thousands of pounds of venison to the
Hunters Against Hunger program. If you want to become more involved and
would like more information about the Hunters Against Hunger program, contact
the Wildlife Department at (405) 522-6279. They always need more processors.
Finding Deer Hunting Spots Around Oklahoma
A good trick for finding places to deer hunt in Oklahoma is to look at maps
of nearby wildlife management areas around big lakes and identify tracts that
are close to water but far from roads, or that are virtually landlocked between
private property and a lake or river. Those are generally the areas that get
hunted the least of all our public lands. They are often visited more by duck
hunters than by deer hunters. A small kayak or john boat might be your key to
the secret deer hunting camp you and your buddies have been dreaming of.
The ODWC manages and maintains 64 areas through direct ownership by the ODWC
and through license agreements with other agencies or entities. Named Wildlife
Management Areas or WMAs, these areas provide valuable public access for hunting
and various other uses.
While you are on the Wildlife Department website check into purchasing an
Oklahoma Wildlife Management Area Atlas. It is an amazing resource for only $25.
Visit our Oklahoma
Water page to learn about more local float trips on the lakes and rivers of
Oklahoma. The recent development of
stable, easy to paddle recreational kayaks has opened up the sport to anyone
looking for a way to get more out of life in Oklahoma. Explore the Mt. Fork
River, The Illinois River, The Kiamichi River and The Blue River...all right
here in Oklahoma!
Feral Hog Hunting
Feral hogs (Sus scrofa), which are wild swine from domestic ancestry, belong
to the family Suidae. A hog-like animal, the javelina is native to the southwest
U.S. However, the feral hog is a different species, genus and family from the
javelina which belongs to the family Tayassuidae. Many hunters think the feral
hog is a formidable trophy worthy of payment for hunting privileges. Feral hogs
provide excellent meat and are a challenging game species to pursue with weapon
Regulations Pertaining to Hog Hunting
Deep Fork Wildlife Refuge -
Who Needs Oklahoma Hunter Education Classes?
Class required for Hunters ages 10 to 35.
Class not required for Hunters age 36 or older, Military personnel who have been
honorably discharged or currently on active duty and Members of the Oklahoma
Forester Services & Trees Available for Oklahoma Landowners
Conservation seedling request forms are available to help landowners plant
trees to build wind-breaks, reduce feed bills, protect livestock, improve air
quality or provide food & cover for Oklahoma wildlife. You may place your order
by phone at 1-800-517-3673 or online at:
give them a call today!
Arbor Week in Oklahoma is the last week in March.
This holiday focuses on the future, not the past.
What will you plant for