New Mexico’s antelope season opened Saturday.
Kelly Free of Edmond harvested her first antelope ever on opening day near Clayton, N.M.
Free is one of many Oklahoma hunters who travel to New Mexico to stalk antelope each year, but Oklahoma also offers limited antelope hunting in the Panhandle counties of Texas and Cimarron.
And this year, for the first time, Oklahoma will have an archery season for antelope.
The archery season opens Sept. 14 and will run through Sept. 27.
Unlike gun hunting for antelope which is only allowed under the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s controlled hunts program or landowner permit drawing, the archery season is open to anyone who buys an antelope license and has written permission from the landowner.
The open areas for antelope hunting are Cimarron County and the portion of Texas County west of SH 136.
The antelope herd is growing in the Panhandle and state wildlife officials think the population can easily withstand the extra hunting pressure from bowhunters.
Gun hunting for Oklahoma antelope through the state’s controlled hunts program – a drawing – takes place on selected dates in September, October, December and January.
Antelope must be checked in at the Boise City or Guymon check stations.
The season limit is two antelope and only one buck.