Deer in Choctaw Country
to enlarge |Artist: Ross
Sponsor: Rob McCune
Size: 5' x 8'
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: South staircase,
5th floor, Senate wing
The Whitetail Deer is named
for its most distinctive feature, the large white tail
or "flat" that is often all you see as the animal
bounds away through tall grass. Whitetail Deer are Oklahoma's
most abundant big game animal and are legal game in all
77 counties. Oklahoma's deer herd has come a long way since
the early 1900's when as few as 500 whitetails roamed the
state. Oklahoma wildlife officials began to change that
trend in 1944 when they initiated a deer relocation program.
Today, the herd stands strong at 475,000 deer and record
statewide deer harvests are becoming almost an annual occurence.
Choctaw Country was created
by the Indian Removal Act of 830, which set aside over
6 million acres in the southeast part of the Indian Territory
for the Choctaw Indians. In the early 1830's, over 14,000
Choctaws moved to the area.
This region is now referred
to as Kiamichi Country and is truly a sports enthusiast's
paradise - from the hunting areas to the variety of magnificent
lakes and streams.
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