Bag your own Butterball
Hunters in the woods for the final weekend of deer muzzleloader season on Saturday and Sunday can bag a wild turkey for the Thanksgiving table as a bonus.
Oklahoma’s fall gun season for turkeys opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 19.
The spring turkey season is by far the most popular with turkey hunters since the gobblers will answer to calls.
Not many Oklahoma hunters specifically go after turkeys in the fall, but what better time to harvest a bird with Thanksgiving less than a month away.
“There are some bona fide fall turkey hunters,” said Rod Smith, southwest wildlife chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “There are people that it is traditional that they go for a Thanksgiving turkey.”
Deer hunters should make sure they have a turkey license before harvesting a gobbler.
Fall gun turkey hunting is closed in 24 counties.
Hunters can use a rifle or shotgun in most of the counties, but 10 counties are open to shotgun only: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington.
Conventional rifles and hanguns can not be used for turkey hunting on Saturday and Sunday as it overlaps with the deer muzzleloader season.
The bag limit is one turkey. Some counties allow only a tom to be taken, so hunters should check the Oklahoma Hunting Guide for regulations.
Bow season for wild turkeys has been open statewide since Oct. 1 and will run through Jan. 15, the same dates as the deer archery season.