TULSA, Oklahoma -- It appears 2010 will be a good year for deer hunters across Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says hunters have so far harvested 35,622 deer in 2010.
Micah Holmes, spokesperson with department says that number is preliminary and is only through December 4, 2010.
Muzzle loading, gun and youth deer hunting seasons have all closed for the year. The deer archery season is open until January 15, 2010 and the holiday antlerless deer gun season runs December 17 through the 26.
Holmes says most hunters are now using an online checkin system to get their deer tags.
The top county in the state for deer hunters was Pittsburg County in southeastern Oklahoma with 1,483 deer so far this year. Coming in second was Osage County in northcentral Oklahoma with 1,413 deer.
By far, the most deer were taken with a rifle, 22,450. The next was archery at 7,054 deer and muzzleloading at 6,118 deer.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says the majority of hunters were men with a harvest of 21,565 deer compared to 14,057 deer harvested by women.