The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation last week released the number of deer taken by hunters during the 2011-12 deer hunting seasons and the total was 112,863.
For the fifth straight year, more deer were killed in mammoth Osage County than any other with 5,118.
Pittsburg County, which has been second or third the past four years in deer harvest, was second again with a total of 3,765.
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).
Cherokee County, however, was the most prolific deer hunting county based on number of deer killed per square mile (4.24 deer).
Arcadia Lake deer hunts
The drawing for archery deer hunts at Arcadia Lake will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Arcadia Lake Park Office, 9000 E. Second.
Deadline to apply is noon on Wednesday. Applications can be downloaded at www.arcadialakeok.com or picked up at the park office.
Cost is $50 per hunter for a four-day hunt. Any hunts not selected will go on sale immediately after the drawing.
For more information, call 216-7481.
Mule deer group organizes in Oklahoma
The newly formed Oklahoma Mule Deer Foundation will meet Aug. 21 at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The goal of the group is to improve mule deer habitat in western Oklahoma.
For more information, call Cory Hendrickson at 802-6186 or Danny McClung at 401-0780.
Bass tourney on Lake Eufaula
The Bass Federation's new Dream Team Rally tournament trail will hold its first event in Oklahoma on Sept. 29 at Lake Eufaula.
The tournament is open to anglers from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas who join the federation.
For more information, visit bassfederation.com or contact tournament director Don Linder at (580) 761-8094 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmond Gobblers banquet
The Edmond Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its "Hunting Heritage Banquet" Aug. 25 at North Church, 1601 W. Memorial Road.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner and auctions beginning at 7 p.m.
For ticket information, contact Dave Childress at 202-4401 or email email@example.com.
Quail Forever banquet
The seventh annual Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever banquet will be Aug. 25 at Sportsman's Country Club in Oklahoma City.
For information, visit www.centralokquailforever.org or call 415-5724.
Early Oklahoma quail forecast
The summer of 2011 was hot and dry in Oklahoma but "carry over from last year's winter seems to be positive," said Doug Schoeling, upland game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
"We did not have any major cold snaps and there were generally favorable weather conditions which should lead to an increase in numbers, but not a boom."