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About hunting in Oklahoma
The sweeping plains of Oklahoma evoke images of cowboys and Indians: This state was once a government-created territory for Native Americans, and it was also a major route for cattle drives in the late 1800s. The high plains in the northwestern corner of the state are mostly flat to rolling; the southwestern part of the state is also a plains region but dotted with small mountain ranges such as the Antelope Hills. The Ozark and Ouachita Mountains rise along the eastern third of the state, with the highest elevations in the east. This varied geography means the state is a great hunting destination, home to a wide variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn, black bears, wild turkeys, and a variety of upland game and migratory birds. Oklahoma is a sleeper destination when it comes to having a great chance to take home a trophy white-tailed buck, and Oklahoma is now routinely featured on national hunting shows and is showing up on the bucket lists of trophy whitetail hunters everywhere. Deer inhabit a variety of Oklahoma habitats, including dense cross timber oaks, wide open mesas, pine-covered hills, rolling plains, and bottomland cypress swamps. There are three species of wild turkeys in Oklahoma: Easterns in the east, Rio Grandes in the central part of the state, and Merriams in the far west. There are also quite a few hybrid turkeys, especially where the ranges of the Rios and Easterns overlap. Black bears are present in southeastern Oklahoma, and archery and muzzleloader bear hunts are offered in the fall. There are large free-ranging elk herds on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, as well as at Pushmataha, Cookson Hills, Spavinaw, and Cherokee wildlife management areas. Small herds also inhabit private land in Kiowa, Comanche, and Caddo counties. Pronghorn antelope are found in the western part of the state and can be hunted in Cimarron and Texas counties. Upland birds and waterfowl include bobwhite and scaled quail, pheasants, woodcock, doves, ducks and geese, and sandhill cranes. There are also hunting opportunities for feral hogs and prairie dogs in some regions of the state. Hunters in Oklahoma must wear 400 square inches of blaze orange above the waistline and on the head. For more information on hunting in Oklahoma, see https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/.
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