The 2016 deer gun hunting season will open a one-half hour before official sunrise this Saturday, Nov. 19.

That, coupled with the fact that it's already deer mating season, means deer are more active and motorists need to be especially cautious. Hundreds of crashes occur each year involving deer.

Drivers are reminded that deer can cross a roadway just about anytime of day or night, but drivers should especially be mindful of deer activity at creek bottoms or low-lying areas.

Based on field reports from each region of the state, bucks are actively moving and more daytime movement has been seen.

Erik Bartholomew, big-game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the weather forecast seems to be cooperating for deer gun hunters this year. 

“The modern gun opener looks to be a good one this year. With temperatures falling behind a major cold front moving through the state, the deer will certainly be moving this weekend, giving hunters a better opportunity than they have had in the past couple of gun season openers.”

Deer gun season will be open until Dec. 4 statewide.