The property has been under intensive management for the past nine years and has been open to hunting for the last five. Carleton works closely with the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, in managing the herd on this ranch. The program allows aggressive harvesting of does, and the results here are evident, as the buck-to-doe ratio on the ranch is an impressive one to three. As for buck quality, the best deer harvested by hunters on the ranch was a 13-pointer that grossed 174 B & C points. You should know, however, that a recent DMAP spotlight survey identified a resident buck estimated to score in excess of 180. The average deer taken on the ranch is much smaller, of course, running between 130 and 140 B & C, with one or more deer harvested each year topping 150.
Carleton offers rifle, blackpowder and archery hunts. The latter season, incidentally, runs all the way from October 6 through December 31. All hunts include accommodations in a converted ranch house, with several bathroom facilities, a dining area and a pool table. Also included are meals, 2 x 1 guide service, field dressing and trophy preparation. The predominant method of hunting is from the numerous stands placed throughout the area. These are situated over food plots or travel lanes, so the guide aspect is of less........(continued)