DEER GUN SEA­SON

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - ED GODFREY’S OUTDOORS -

TOP TEN COUN­TIES

(Based on 2016 Deer Har­vest, ex­clud­ing wildlife man­age­ment ar­eas)

1. Osage, 4,327 deer

2. Pitts­burg, 3,383

3. Chero­kee, 2,533

4. Se­quoyah, 2,346

5. McCur­tain, 2,330

6. Atoka, 2,244

7. Creek, 2,212

8. Delaware, 2,209

9. LeFlore, 2,180

10. Push­mataha, 2,171

TOP TEN WMA

1. Three Rivers, 722

2. Black Ket­tle, 423

3. Kaw, 335

4. Hono­bia Creek, 312

5. Wis­ter, 238

6. Fort Gib­son, 217

7. Oolo­gah, 216

8. Ouachita, 186

9. McAlester Army Am­mu­ni­tion Plant, 163

10. Hugo, 155

HUNTERS AGAINST HUNGER

Deer hunters who legally take a deer this sea­son can do­nate the meat to the Hunters Against Hunger pro­gram. Each year, thou­sands of needy Ok­la­homa fam­i­lies re­ceive meat through the pro­gram.

Hunters who wish to do­nate the meat must first check in the deer on­line at www.wildlifede­part­ment.com.

Hunters then can take their car­cass-tagged deer to a nearby par­tic­i­pat­ing meat pro­ces­sor. To help with pro­cess­ing costs, each hunter is re­quested to con­trib­ute $10 to as­sist with the costs of the pro­gram. The $10 do­na­tion is tax-de­ductible.

Meat pro­ces­sors par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Hunters Against Hunger pro­gram, listed by county, are on­line at wildlifede­part­ment.com/hunt­ing/deer­pro­ces­sors.

Any meat pro­ces­sor in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a part of the Hunters Against Hunger pro­gram, or any­one wish­ing to be­come a spon­sor or make a mon­e­tary do­na­tion, may call the Wildlife Depart­ment at (405) 521-4660.

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