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Oklahoma hunters can check in deer online

Outdoor notes: Firefighter places third in Whitetail Pro Series, Quail numbers down, Ducks Unlimited banquet Saturday, high school rowing teams wrapping up season
BY ED GODFREY, OUTDOORS EDITOR, EGODFREY@OPUBCO.COM Modified: November 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm •  Published: November 13, 2010
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Online check in available

Deer gun season opens Saturday statewide and this will be the second year that hunters have the option of checking in deer online.


Through muzzleloader season, hunters had checked in 10,219 deer online at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's website, www.wildlifedepartment.com.

Whitetail Pro Series

Doug Williams, a fireman in Oklahoma City, placed third in the inaugural Whitetail Pro Series, a deer hunting competition sponsored by the Oklahaoma-based American Whitetail Authority.

Brandon Cartwright of Antlers finished second. Participants in the contest on a Mississippi ranch used guns with blanks and special digital scopes that recorded the cross hairs on deer.

Competitors were judged on shot placement, estimated age of deer and antler measurement.

Whether the Whitetail Pro Series is successful likely will be determined by television viewers. The competition is to air on the Outdoor Channel beginning in January.

“I don't how much fun it will be to watch. It's a blast to compete,” Williams said. “It's not any different than deer hunting. The only difference is I don't have to gut it, clean it and drag it and I can shoot five in a day.”

Quail numbers down

Quail season opened Saturday and roadside surveys by the Wildlife Department show a statewide decrease of 21 percent from last year.

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