As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the Durant Fire Station had 44 checked in, and Curtis' Quick Stop in Bennington was at 66 by 4:35 p.m. Last year's totals were low, by nearly half as much on opening day at the fire station.
“We typically get near 60, so we'll probably get about 15 or so more, and that will be about average,” said Jody Harrison at the fire station. “Last year we had 30 and 15-16 on the second day.”
The highest weight total for each check station has been around 150 pounds. A 13-point buck was checked in at Bennington and Richard Gibby checked in a 23-point buck Saturday morning at Durant.
Deer gun season will run until Dec. 4.
The Oklahoma Wildlife Department reported Nov. 10 that deer harvests were up 8.5 percent compared to the same date last year. By Nov. 10, archery hunters had taken 6,954 deer. During the youth season, hunters took 1,577 deer. Muzzleloader hunters accounted for 23,294 deer, including nearly 14,000 bucks.
- Figures were taken from local and Wildlife Department reports.