Deer hunters have a final opportunity to take a firearm into the woods when the 10-day holiday antlerless gun season opens Friday in most of the state.
The antlerless season is closed in the western reaches of the Panhandle and far southeast Oklahoma.
Deer taken during the antlerless season are not included in the hunter's combined season limit.
State wildlife officials encourage a high doe harvest to reduce overpopulation and improve buck-doe ratios for a more healthy deer herd.
Archery deer season continues through Jan. 15 statewide.
GOOSE HUNTS STILL AVAILABLE ON REFUGE
The Washita National Wildlife Refuge, located west of Butler, still has blinds available for three midweek hunts this season.
Located on the upper end of Foss Reservoir, the refuge offers some of the best goose hunting in the state.
All of the weekend dates have been filled, but three Wednesday hunts remain available: Dec. 18, Jan. 8, and Jan. 15.
Blinds will be filled by reservation only, on a first-call, first-served basis.