Oklahoma black bear season over after 22 bears killed on opening day

BY ED GODFREY, Outdoors Editor, egodfrey@opubco.com Modified: October 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm •  Published: October 1, 2010
Oklahoma's second black bear season opened and closed Friday. Hunters killed a total of 22 bears on opening day, and 20 was the limit for the entire season.

Most of the bears were killed in Le Flore County, with the biggest bear taken in Latimer County, said Joe Hemphill of the state wildlife department. That bear weighed 362 pounds after it was field-dressed and quartered, Hemphill said.

Last year, only 19 bears were killed for the entire season, and just four on opening day.

Fifteen of the bears were taken by hunters using crossbows, Hemphill said. Crossbows became for all archery hunters in Oklahoma this year.

Hemphill thinks legalization of crossbows may be the biggest reason for hunters' success this year.

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