Deer Hunting in Oklahoma

Back to All State Reports
  • A
  • 530,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 200,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $45

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

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $300

    This fee includes a $300 deer permit

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 192 5/8"

    Taken by Jason Boyett in Pushmataha County in 2007.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 102

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 247 2/8"

    Taken by Bill Foster in Johnston County in 1970.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 139

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

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

Season Dates (2020):

Archery season runs from October 1 to January 15. Muzzleloading opportunities occur from October 24 to November 1. Rifle hunters can hit the field from November 21 to December 6. Youth season is October 16 to 18. The holiday antlerless season is December 18 to 31. These are the dates set when published. Please check the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website to confirm.

The Grade: A

We know, it’s surprising to see such an overlooked state receive an A grade. But that’s exactly why it does, among other reasons. Licenses and tags are affordable, deer populations are abundant, trophy potential abounds, hunter numbers are pretty low, and there’s even some good public land to hunt.

For whatever reason, Oklahoma doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. Hunters that understand this and decide to give the Sooner State a try serve to gain from other non-residents’ oversight. Good hunting exists statewide. The habitat is diverse. Choose specific regions and counties based on the terrain types you’re most comfortable with. onX can help with that.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

The DIY deer hunter has nearly 1.7 million acres of public ground to roam. Much of this is properly managed for older age-class bucks. While most WMAs are located throughout the eastern half of the state, don’t ignore western counties.

There are many public opportunities, including National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), and Corps of Engineers Land. But the crown jewel is the Oklahoma Land Access Program (OLAP). Drilling down, consider Three Rivers, Deep Fork, James Collins, Osage, and Lexington WMAs. Wichita Mountains — managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — is another good bet. And don’t overlook the Ouachita Mountain range, either, as there’s a good bit of public in the area. The Sooner State also offers more than 100 great hunts via its Controlled Hunt Program, such as the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant hunt. Many of these are available to non-residents through a random drawing process.

Public aside, Oklahoma’s top trophy-producing counties are somewhat random and scattered throughout the state. Historically, the most Booners come out of Comanche, Hughes, Love, Osage, Pittsburgh, Pushmataha, Rogers and Woods counties.


Oklahoma Harvests

  • Jody West

    Fort Cobb / Caddo County, Oklahoma

From the Realtree Trophy Den