Richardson notes that there is significantly more water available to waterfowl in Oklahoma this year than last year when, despite near record numbers of waterfowl, hunters often had challenges getting to areas with enough water for a successful hunt.
Resident Canada geese are birds that live in Oklahoma year-round, providing a chance to hunt before migrant birds from the north begin arriving in large numbers.
“Geese follow a pretty regular pattern this time of year, so finding fields that they feed in that are open to hunting should provide good action,” Richardson said. “Most often these birds spend their days within city limits, so gaining access to a roosting pond to hunt them as they return to loaf through the day is pretty difficult, but if you are fortunate to have such a location, that should provide some good shooting as well.”
The teal season runs through Sept. 29. The resident Canada goose season runs through Sept. 23.
The regular duck seasons in Oklahoma kick off Oct. 1 in the Panhandle counties, Oct. 26 in Zone 1 (includes most of northwest Oklahoma excluding the Panhandle) and Nov. 2 in Zone 2 (everywhere else). The regular season for Canada geese will open Nov. 2.
DU Banquet Saturday in MWC
The Tri-City Ducks Unlimited banquet and fundraiser will be Saturday in the Midwest City Community Center.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.
There will be raffles and live and silent auctions for merchandise, including all types of guns.
Tickets are $35 for singles and $50 per couple. Cost for active military personnel is $15. Kids receive free admission with a paid adult.
Deadline approaching for big buck contest
Sept. 30 is the deadline to enter the Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association's big buck contest for the upcoming deer seasons.
To be eligible, deer must be legally harvested in Oklahoma between Oct. 1 (the opening of archery season) and Jan. 15 (end of archery season).
The contest will have three categories: gun (rifle, pistol, muzzleloader) from a low-fenced or unfenced area; archery (recurve, longbow, compound, crossbow) from a low-fenced or unfenced area; and gun or archery from a high-fenced area (defined as a fence at least 7 feet high enclosing, or constructed with the intent to enclose, the area).
The winner of each category will receive $500 and a free shoulder mount of the winning antlers. All contestants will be eligible for a prize drawing valued at $250.
Entry fee is $25. For more information and contest rules, visit www.okbigbuckcontest.com.