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Deer harvest was down

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 11, 2011
Tim Jensen of Tuttle with his big buck taken from Grant County during the 2010 gun season
Tim Jensen of Tuttle with his big buck taken from Grant County during the 2010 gun season

Oklahoma’s total deer harvest during the 2010-11 hunting season exceeded 100,000 animals for the sixth straight year.
Statewide numbers released this week by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation showed that hunters last season checked in 109,314 deer.
That number was down from 2009-10 when hunters checked in 116,175 deer, the second highest ever.
The state record was set in 2006-07 with 119,349 deer. The last time hunters didn’t take 100,000 or more deer in Oklahoma was in 2004 when the total was 94,689.
The top producing counties based on last season’s totals were Osage (4,205 deer); Pushmataha (3,027); Le Flore (2,890); Atoka (2,751); McCurtain (2,520); Sequoyah (2,326); Craig (2,281); Roger Mills (2,094); Delaware (2,019) and Creek (2,005).
The top producing public hunting areas were the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (836); Black Kettle WMA (542); the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (262); Honobia Creek WMA (226); Kaw WMA (221); Fort Sill (211); and Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge (206).

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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