OKLAHOMA

Deer Forecast 2004 -- MIDWEST

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Oklahoma's 2003 harvest of 100,577 was just 2,000 shy of the state record. The population is steady at 475,000. Mike Shaw, Department of Wildlife Conservation wildlife research supervisor, notes that the gun season was extended from 9 to 16 days in 2003, allowing hunters to spread out their time afield. For trophy bucks, Shaw recommends southeastern hunting units, where a longer season might help as the difficult terrain makes any hunt more challenging. "The northwest has the greatest potential for producing trophy bucks in the future," he adds.