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Hunting in Oklahoma: 9 animals to hunt legally during the winter

By    |   Monday, 01 June 2015 12:26 AM

Oklahoma is one of the most popular and prosperous places in the country for hunting, particularly during the winter months. Outdoor enthusiasts not familiar with what Oklahoma has to offer in the way of hunting will discover nearly a dozen distinct options of game hunting available in the winter season. The Wildlife Department manages gaming regulations, and the available winter open seasons for hunting include the following:
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  • Dove - There are two separate seasons for dove hunting, one in the fall and another in the winter. The winter session starts about a week or so before Christmas and ends shortly thereafter. According to newsok.com, there are four things that dove hunter should be aware of: know the laws, take a kid with you, scout your hunting area, and know your birds. The second item may be of the most importance for hunters looking to share in the sport with their children and pass their hunting know-how along. The article also says, “Start them off correctly and you will increase their likelihood of success and that they will continue to return to the outdoors for decades to come.”
  • Quail - Quail season begins in the early portion of November and lasts until the middle of February.
  • Deer and Elk Gun - Seasons for these animals begin around the middle of November and last through the beginning of December. For deer, antler-less days vary by zone, while elk hunting is permissible only in open zones until quotas are met.
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  • Pheasant - The season for this popular bird runs from the beginning of December through the end of January (only in open counties).
  • Holiday Antler-Less Deer and Elk Gun - Just in time for Christmas, the season lasts from mid- to late-December.
  • Rabbit - For those interested in hunting smaller creatures, hunting season for rabbit opens in early October and ends in mid-March of the following year.
  • Squirrel - The season for this type of game has the longest duration of any in the state (including the summer, fall, and winter months), beginning in early May and lasting until January of the following year. In a 2015 article for the All American Banner, squirrel hunting is regarded as “a popular part of Oklahoma’s hunting heritage and still is recognized by many today as a great recreational activity ... though fewer squirrel hunters may take to the woods now, the opportunities to harvest game and sharpen outdoor skills through squirrel hunting are still plentiful in Oklahoma.”
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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