For a lot of people, the fall season means the beginning of football season, cooler weather, Major League Baseball’s World Series, and the holiday season, among other things.
And for some, it means that it is finally time to get the guns out and hit the trails for the fall hunting season.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation, deer gun season in Oklahoma is the most popular sporting event in Oklahoma with about 200,000 hunters hitting the woods each year in the fall.
Although the drought hurt the deer population significantly, recent reports suggest that their numbers are rising after the steady rainfall from the past two springs.
The fall season is almost here. In fact, it is only a little over a month away and a lot of people have already started getting out their gear and prepping for the season to begin.
Deer archery season opens Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15, 2017.
Youth deer gun season follows closely behind and runs from Oct. 14 – 16.
From Oct. 22-30, hunters will be able to participate in deer primitive arms — muzzleloading — season.
Deer gun season begins Nov. 19 and will run through Dec. 4.
Holiday antlerless will be from Dec. 16-25.
For those who prefer elk hunting, the archery season gets underway Oct. 1, and runs through Jan. 15, 2017.
Young elk gun season is Oct. 14-16.
Elk primitive arms season will run from Oct. 22-30.
Elk gun season begins Nov. 19, and will run through Dec. 4.
There are also special southwest zone elk seasons which include: Archery from Oct. 1-5, gun from Oct. 6-9, and antlerless from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4, and Jan. 1-31, 2017.
Antelope archery season will run from Oct. 1-14.
As for antelope gun seasons, there will be three different hunts.
Either sex hunt runs from Sept. 8-11.
A drawn hunt is a controlled hunt that is awarded to applicants who are selected in a random drawing.
When overharvest might occur or when unrestricted hunting might pose safety concerns, controlled hunts are held.
In Cimarron County, there are 20 state drawn permits and 20 landowner permits this season for antelope.
In Texas County, there are five state drawn permits and five landowner permits this season for antelope.
State drawn doe runs from Sept. 12-21.
There are 50 state drawn permits in Cimarron County and 20 in Texas County for does.
Landowner drawn doe runs from Dec. 3 through Jan. 15, 2017.
There are 50 landowner drawn permits in Cimarron County and 20 in Texas County this hunt.
For the fearless hunters, bear archery season will run from Oct. 1-16.
Bear muzzleloader will run from Oct. 22-30.
The turkey fall archery season will run from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15, 2017.
The turkey fall gun season will run from Oct. 29 through Nov. 18.
Quail season begins Nov. 12 and will close Feb. 15, 2017, while pheasant will open Dec. 1 and close Jan. 31, 2017.
Dove season will begin Sept. 1 and run through Oct. 31, before opening back up just in time for Christmas from December 17-25.
For more information on the migratory bird season, consult the 2016-17 Oklahoma Hunting Guide.
Crow season will run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 16 and open back up Dec. 9 through March 4, 2017.
Rabbit season begins Oct. 1 and will run through March 15, 2017.
Furbearer season will begin Dec. 1 and run through February 28, 2017.
As always, be safe and consult the Oklahoma Hunting Guide for rules and regulations before going to hunt.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.