Resources for Antlerless Deer Hunters
There's a lot of good reasons to harvest a doe during the holiday antlerless season, such as helping improve what's called the buck-to-doe ratio in the deer herd. Doing so increases total nutrients available for deer; condenses the rut period for healthier bucks; leads to fawns dropping within a tighter time period, reducing the risk of predation; and makes for fewer late-born fawns, which the risk of developmental challenges. What's more, even if you've harvested the maximum combined limit of six deer for the year’s regular deer seasons, you may still take two antlerless deer during the 14-day holiday antlerless season, as they are considered bonus deer. Unfilled resident youth deer gun season antlerless licenses are valid for the holiday season.
HUNTERS IN THE KNOW ANTLERLESS ZONE MAP HOLIDAY ANTLERLESS OPPORTUNITIES
After the Harvest
Stacking pound upon pound of high quality venison in the freezer ensures your adventure can be relived for months to come. A 120-pound, field-dressed deer can provide 168 servings of healthy protein for your family (or hungry families across Oklahoma). But first things first, you'll need to take care of tagging, checking and field dressing your animal. Upon harvesting a deer, hunters must immediately attach a "field tag" securely to the carcass that includes their name, customer ID or lifetime license number, and date and time of harvest. This field tag can be any item - so long as it displays the required information. Next, it's time to field dress and prepare the deer for processing, either at a commercial facility or at home. Check out this Beginners Guide to Butchering Deer series from our partners at Bowhunting 360 for great how-to videos on field-dressing and home-processing your deer. And finally, help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease with these carcass disposal tips.
BIG GAME PROCESSORS HUNTERS AGAINST HUNGER WILD GAME RECIPES