There's no doubt about it, the two most popular hunting seasons across Oklahoma are Deer Gun around Thanksgiving and Holiday Deer Gun around Christmas.

Why are they so popular? Because it's the easiest means to harvest a deer.

The longest season for all big game in Oklahoma is the archery season. It runs from October 1st through January 15th... It's also the most challenging of all the legal methods to harvest any animal with. Though, with the adaptation of modern crossbows that handle like rifles out to about a hundred yards, I'm surprised more people aren't tagging archery carcasses these days.

While the gun seasons are more popular, and some might say they're easier, but they're really not. If you didn't know, most of a successful hunt is everything that happens before you press the trigger on your bow, crossbow, smoke-pole, rifle, or magnum handgun. It's everything up to that moment you send hot lead across a field that matters... for the most part.

The thing that makes the first gun season perceivably easy is this... by the time the season opens up, the temps have cooled off enough that the deer get up and active earlier in the day. The doe enters their estrus season for mating, so the bucks go into a nearly blind lust in pursuit of passing on their genes. Ignoring almost everything that should alert them to your presence and danger, that lust is what makes it easier for kids to enjoy a successful hunt... because if you kids are like all kids, they can't keep quiet for more than the first twenty minutes in the blind.

Much of the same mating is still happening to one extent or another as the second deer gun season rolls around at the end of the year... a whole two weeks later. The only caveat is, you can only harvest anterless deer with your rifle or magnum handgun. If you also take your bow/crossbow, you can tag something with a big ole rack at the same time.

The limit across the state is two anterless deer during the next two weeks. That's it. Even as our part of the state allowed four in the last gun season, everybody is capped at two.

As always, if you have any questions about it, or if you're looking to pick up a new hobby, consult the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website and hunting regulations. If you get confused reading up on any of it, look up your friendly neighborhood game warden and give he/she a call. If they're one of the cool ones, they'll help you out.

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