Oklahoma pheasants take only a slight dip. Hunting should still be good.
By Tom Carpenter
“Summer conditions for game birds in Oklahoma were good,” reports Derek Wiley, Upland Game Biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We had a few hot days, but luckily we avoided constant 100-degree days. I think that pheasant production this spring was set up pretty well.”
“Oklahoma conducts pheasant surveys in 13 counties,” he says. “Oklahoma only has a portion of our counties that are open to pheasant hunting and they are concentrated in the northcentral and northwest portion of the state.”
“We concluded our August roadside surveys but I have not published a season outlook for pheasants as of yet,” says Wiley. “A preliminary look at the data suggests a slight dip in numbers from last year."
Pheasants Forever will update this space when numbers are available.
“As far as the best places to hunt pheasants in Oklahoma, Grant and Alfalfa counties are usually solid,” says Wiley. “Oklahoma does not have huge amounts of public open for pheasants in that area. There are several Wildlife Management Areas in the state that have pheasants.”
Oklahoma Hunting Tip
*Upland opportunists (which is all of us!) beware: “Keep in mind that our pheasant season opens December 1st. Quail season opens November 11th,” says Wiley. “So for the first couple of weeks of quail season you cannot shoot pheasants.”
Tom Carpenter is Digital Content Manager for Pheasants Forever.