A great thing about Oklahoma is its diversity of wildlife from antelope in the Panhandle to black bears in southeastern Oklahoma.
You don’t hear a lot about mule deer in Oklahoma but they can be found in the Panhandle counties of Cimarron, Texas and Beaver and the northwestern counties of Harper, Ellis, Woods and Woodward. About 250 mule deer are harvested in Oklahoma each year.
Robert Newman of Edmond sent me a photo of his wife, Kelly, who took this 5×5 mule deer with a crossbow on New Year’s Day on their ranch at the base of the Black Mesa.
“This buck had remained nocturnal and was only seen on night time trail cameras even throughout the rut,” Robert stated in the e-mail. “We had a hunch the storm might force him to come to our food plots during shooting hours.”
Kelly’s New Year’s buck was taken at 7:55 a.m. with a pink Excalibur XBow. The buck had a green score of more than 170.
The Newmans’ ranch is the only private ownership on the mesa, he said.
“We have mule deer, whitetails, black bear and even a dozen or more bighorn sheep regularly on our property,” Robert said.