Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..
The hunt is a once in a lifetime draw. I have been putting in for it for 35 years. Finally, got it. There is only 65 tags draw per year with thousands from Oklahoma, TX and other states applying for them. Last year out of the 65 tags, there were 57 nice bulls killed and 8 cows. The tags are either sex. You get an area of about 8000 acres for your hunt for three days.
The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is 59,020 acres established in 1901 in SW Oklahoma. Very rugged country. There are Bison, Elk, Whitetail and Longhorn, running wild on this place.
The Elk drawing has been going on since the early 70's to keep the herd in check. The rangers and help at the hunts do everything they can to help you fill your tag, without shooting it for you. They draw areas you have to hunt and then they tell you where they have been seeing the elk. You can take as many friends to the camp area to hang out with but you hunt alone. It is centerfire Rifle, 270 caliber or larger and you only can take 5 shells to the field per day.
I really wanted to hunt with one of my long range pistols but it won't happen.
I expect I will get an elk, not sure what size but I have been told that if you see what you think is a good one, shot until he is down. The weather may change or they just disapear and you might not get another chance. My hunting partner was drawn two years back and took a 300+ class bull on the first day, three hours into the hunt. The next two days it snow, sleeted and rained while he waited for his Dad, which drew, to kill one. The Rangers drop you off at the area you drew and place and flag where you get out of their truck. If you kill one, you stand the flag up. They patrols the roads all day checking for flags. They take you back to camp, get your help and take you back to get the game out to the truck. They have a central gathering area at the camp that all elk are brought back to and a biologist takes samples and measurements of each elk for records. Lots of photos are taken and then it's time to load up and go home. It is a three day hunt, Tues, Wed and Thurs, and my hunt is Dec 7,8,9. I have a few guys that are taking off and going with me. One is bringing his camp trailer to stay in.
Hope you do well on your hunt. I love hunting elk in Colorado with my longbows. I will stay as much at 10 days in the woods in a small camp, walking all day and chasing them.
Good luck on your hunt.
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