Oklahoma Hunts and Deer Leases
With over 12 ecoregions making up Oklahoma, the state is known for a wide range of wildlife species. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation works to vigorously conserve the various habitats of the state as well as manage efforts to continue to keep hunting in the position of being a valued contribution to Oklahoma.
Bird hunting makes up a great part of the hunting culture, making it one of the greater sources of revenue for Oklahoma hunting outfitters. The state allows two passage peregrine falcons as of 2013, ending the season when two peregrine falcons have been trapped by hunters with an Oklahoma hunting license. Hunters must contact the falconry coordinator after capture to ensure the quota has not been met, releasing the bird if the quota has been filled. Doves and other migratory birds, turkeys, and pheasants are some of the other fowl that make up the bird hunting landscape here.
Controlled hunt permits are given to applicants randomly selected in a drawing; however, there are generally more applicants than there are permits. Elk, antelope, deer, and turkey make up the controlled hunts. There are special hunts for youth and for those who are non-ambulatory and must hunt from a vehicle. As with any hunting, all applicants must first obtain an Oklahoma hunting license before applying for a controlled hunt permit.
Bear hunting has also become quite popular with an increase in black bear population rising in southeastern Oklahoma. To monitor the bear population, all hunters who down a bear must immediately call the either the region supervisor the biologist before removing the head or sex organs.
Oklahoma hunting leases are a great way for landowners to control wildlife populations in a safe, conservation friendly manner. With the friendly faces of Oklahoma land owners and a great amount of rural land, there are plenty of opportunities for archery, muzzleloader, and rifle hunters to fully enjoy their hunting season(s). And as a bonus, most Oklahoma hunting leases have feral hogs which have no set season or quota to meet. Most Oklahoma hunting outfitters have dove, squirrels, rabbit, and furbearers while a smaller amount have elk, muledeer, or pronghorn antelope on their land.
From the high plains of the Oklahoma panhandle to the forests of the southeast, whatever kind of habitat a hunter is looking for, it can surely be found somewhere in the picturesque and wildlife-abundant state of Oklahoma.