First, let's look at the Oklahoma hunt. Outfitter John Cox, is offering a few trophy whitetail hunts on a 70,000-acre ranch in Beaver County, Oklahoma. While a whitetail season opened in the surrounding area back in the early 1970s, this ranch has sustained very little hunting pressure. It is located in Oklahoma's Beaver River drainage, a vast area of rolling, sandy country that's ideal for quail. The deer population is relatively sparse, but there are some very good bucks.
Cox held an exploratory hunt in November, 2004, and three hunters killed two bucks. One was a solid eight-pointer shot on the first day of the 3½-day hunt. Had the hunter been patient, he could probably have done better, as the other deer was a typical 10 with matching forks on both G-2s. He grossed 158 B & C and is more indicative of what Cox believes this ranch will produce. Two bigger bucks seen by guides before the season were never seen during the hunt. One limiting factor was a siege of unusually rainy weather that affected hunter mobility and made some hunting areas inaccessible.
This is huge, open country, and hunters should be prepared to take shots as far as 300 yards. It's really more like antelope hunting. A flat-shooting rifle equipped with a bipod is ideal. Deer are hunted by glassing and stalking, but Cox also plans to plant a number of small wheat fields in secluded draws and will likely build small, all-weather blinds near those fields.
Oklahoma's whitetail season occurs around Thanksgiving, and Cox's hunts will probably be set for pre-Thanksgiving. That's historically when the region's whitetail rut occurs. The guided hunt is 3½ days with good ranch-style meals and comfortable lodging for $3,500. Contact John Cox.
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