Oklahoma Deer Hunting

In the early 1900’s you were lucky to see a deer in Oklahoma. Harvest was unregulated and deer meat was eaten like fast food burgers are today. In 1917 the deer numbers dropped to only 500 animals and deer hunting was banned; but in 1943 wildlife resource agencies began trapping and transplanting. Their efforts have helped to significantly increase the present deer population total to around 500,000.

Deer hunting, the most hunted season in Oklahoma, has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. Hunters harvested over 100,000 deer in 2008. The biggest typical and non-typical bucks were both taken during gun season. The top typical buck, at 194 0/8, was taken by John Ehmer of Pushmataha County in 2007. The top non-typical buck, at 248 6/8 was taken by Mike Crossland of Tillman County in 2004.

Rutting peaks in the middle of November. So be sure to hunt the beginning of the month when the bucks are moving.

Oklahoma Deer Hunting Facts

  • Deer population near 500,000
  • Around 400,000 hunters
  • Largest typical buck taken is 194 0/8
  • Largest non-typical buck taken is 248 6/8

The name Oklahoma is a combination of two words in the Choctaw indian language, okla and humma, meaning red people. Over 250,000 American Indians reside in Oklahoma, more than any state. The American Indians hunted buffalo as well as deer and other wild game in the state of Oklahoma.

Popular Public Hunting Areas in Oklahoma

Beaver River—17,700 acres with water sources installed and food plots planted. For more information, check out http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/beaverriver.htm

Oklahoma Private Hunting Areas

Do you own private hunting land or offer guided hunts in Oklahoma? Contact us about a listing in this section!

Other Resources

For Oklahoma hunting license information, rules and regulations, visit http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/