October 04, 2013
Oklahoma Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast - 0
"After three years of drought, near record rainfall in 2013 will have deer spread out on natural food sources, making preseason scouting important in order to be successful," advised Erik Bartholomew, big game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC). "Hunters can probably stick to their old habits and find deer they have in the past. The good news is that statewide the good rains produced high quality forage, which puts deer in better condition going into the fall and winter."
Last year's widespread epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak wasn't repeated in 2013, and there are indications that deer numbers are rebounding. Field reports suggest a higher fawn recruitment rate (the number of fawns that make it into the fall) compared to the last two years. Next year about half of those fawns will be adult bucks.