I don’t know why it took so long, but Oklahoma’s deer harvest numbers from last season finally have been posted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Hunters had a very good season in 2008-09. In fact, it was the second highest ever with a total of 111,427 deer taken in the state.
That number is 7,922 shy of the state record in 2006 of 119,349.
Bow hunters had a record year. More deer were checked in last season by bow hunters than ever before in Oklahoma, a total of 17,784.
Oklahoma deer hunters also set a record for the number of antlerless deer harvested with 48,358.
That pleases state wildlife officials who have been trying for years to get hunters to shoot more does to better balance the sex ratio in herds.
The total number of deer checked in by all hunters increased by 16 percent increase from the previous season.
Oklahoma’s deer harvest has exceeded more than 100,000 seven times this decade.
The top producing counties were Osage (4,409), Pittsburg (3,834), Cherokee (3,402) and Atoka (3,062).
To see county and public wildlife management totals, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/deerharvesttotals.htm