The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has finally totaled the numbers from last year’s deer hunting seasons.
The grand harvest total was 112,863. For the fifth straight year, Osage County was the county in Oklahoma where the most deer are killed.
Osage’s total of 5,118 deer easily outdistanced second place Pittsburg County’s total of 3,765.
Pittsburg County has been second or third in the deer harvest totals for the past four years.
The rest of the top 10 counties in 2011-12 were Atoka (3,380), Pushmataha (3,309), Cherokee (3,293), Creek (2,934), Sequoyah (2,848), Le Flore (2,722), Craig (2,709), and McCurtain (2,363).
The top public hunting area was the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area with a total of 513. Five years ago more than 1,200 deer were taken off Three Rivers in southeastern Oklahoma.
But the public hunting area has significantly diminished in recent years due to the timber groups that own the land leasing more of it for private hunting.
The same is true at nearby Honobia Creek, where 174 deer were harvested last season. Five years ago that number was almost three times higher at 516.
Out west, hunters on the Black Kettle WMA killed 441 deer last season, the second highest total for public land in the state.
To view a complete listing for all counties from last season and deer harvest results from previous years go to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/deerharvesttotals.htm