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Oklahoma Hunters not waiting on fair weather

From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- With several open hunting seasons and some good fishing to be had statewide, most outdoorsman know this is no time to be suffering from cabin fever. It’s time to be in the field and on the water.

Even though several major fall hunting seasons have come and gone, there are still opportunities to go hunting right now in Oklahoma including deer and turkey archery, quail, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, furbearer and waterfowl. There also are hunting seasons for other species that are open year round.

“This is not the time to pack away all your gear until spring,” said Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife for the Wildlife Department. “Instead, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the diverse hunting Oklahoma has to offer.”

Oklahomans don’t have to look far for a place to hunt during the late season, either. The Wildlife Department maintains wildlife management areas in every part of the state that are open to public hunting. Each one is detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons, and hunters should consult the current “Oklahoma Hunting Guide” or before going afield.

Open seasons at a glance

Squirrel – through Jan. 31
Furbearer – through Jan. 31 (bobcat through Feb. 28)
Pheasant – through Jan. 31
Quail – through Feb. 15
Rabbit – through March 15
Ducks, mergansers and coots – Zone 1 through Jan. 18; Zone 2 through Jan. 25
(Pintail/Canvasback – Zone 2 through Jan. 25)
Canada geese – through Feb. 15
White-fronted geese – through Feb. 6
Light geese (snow, blue and Ross’) – through Feb. 15
(Conservation Order Light Goose Season – Feb. 16 - March 31, 2009)
Sandhill crane – through Jan. 25 (west of I-35 only)

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