Deer Hunting in Oklahoma

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  • A
  • 530,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 200,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $45

    This fee includes a $25 license fee and $20 deer permit.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $280

    This fee includes a $280 deer permit. No license needed unless exempt.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 192 5/8"

    Taken by Jason Boyett in Pushmataha County in 2007.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 99

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 247 2/8"

    Taken by Bill Foster in Johnston County in 1970.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 130

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Oklahoma is home to some giant whitetails. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy James)

Season Dates (2017):

Oklahoma’s archery season runs from October 1 to January 15. Muzzleloading opportunities occur from October 28 to November 5, and rifle hunters can hit the field from November 18 to December 3. Youth season is October 20-22. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: A

So why does the Sooner State get such high marks? It’s simple really: licenses are cheap, public land is in good supply, deer numbers are solid, hunter density is relatively low and it routinely produces giant bucks. Although Oklahoma is often overlooked as a top-tier whitetail destination, it shouldn’t be. It offers the do-it-yourself hunter nearly 1.7 million acres of public ground across the state, much of which is managed to produce a quality hunting experience.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Not only does the Sooner State have some of the best public hunting for whitetails in the Lower 48, but it also offers over 100 hunts on prime public ground through their Controlled Hunt Program. Hunts offered include bull elk, white-tailed deer, and antelope to name a few, but many other hunts are also available to both residents and non-residents through a random drawing process. Learn more at


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Oklahoma Harvests

  • Jody West

    Fort Cobb / Caddo County, Oklahoma

From the Realtree Trophy Den