Aiming toward open season

Archery Traditions of Oklahoma outfitting local bow hunters

Ken Wilkins, owner of Archery Traditions of Oklahoma in Yukon, 328 Elm Ave., said bow hunters are preparing for deer and turkey season this fall as well as for the elk season in Colorado that is underway. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Elk hunting season in Colorado is underway this weekend, and by the end of the month, bow hunters will be ready for the Oct. 1 start of deer and turkey seasons in Oklahoma.

Bow hunters have kept Ken Wilkins busy this week at Archery Traditions of Oklahoma, 328 Elm Ave. in Yukon.

“Year-round you can hunt feral pigs and coyotes, but the season everybody is looking for is deer season which opens October first. A lot of guys have left this week because this week starts the elk season in Colorado,” Wilkins said. “A lot of customers are elk hunters and they’ve already left out to go elk hunting and antelope hunting.” There are a few elk-hunting draws in Oklahoma a few times a year, but there is not an open elk season in the state.

Bow hunters can fine-tune their shooting skills at Archery Traditions in Yukon. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Wilkins said many bow hunters use compound bows first and then get into traditional bows. Arrows and equipment needed by bow hunters can be found at Archery Traditions, where the over-sized arrow made for a dinosaur, hangs as a display from the ceiling in the store.

People are are looking for all supplies they may need for the season.

“It’s a time right now when everyone is gearing up,” Wilkins said. He opened Archery Traditions seven years ago in the Old Mill Plaza.

Bow hunters can practice inside where the doors stay open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Archery Traditions is closed on Sundays.

The indoor range has shooting lanes with targets.

“Our range out here is for all different forms of archery,” Wilkins said. “Not just traditional but compounds, even crossbow shooters can come in and shoot,” Wilkins said. “We’ll set up a shooting bench for them and they can come in and practice. “There are a lot of people who are coming in doing that and people looking for things they need to prepare for the season, arrows or whatever they are needing.”

Archery Traditions includes a three dimensional range.

To reach Archery Traditions call, (405) 350-1100. The website is