From Field to Table

From Field to Table

Truth be told, the idea for the Orion Outdoor Cooker was actually born on a hunting trip several years ago. A group of buddies were hanging out after a productive day in the field and started kicking around ideas about cooking techniques. 

Tender and tasty...that was the objective for a new and revolutionary outdoor cooker.

There were no sketches created or decisions made that day, but a seed was certainly planted. That seed continued to grow and eventually blossomed into the Orion Outdoor Cooker that so many know, love and enjoy today.

The outdoors is woven into the fabric of our company. We are hunters, anglers and conservationists. And a big part of that lifestyle is enjoying what you harvest in every way, especially at the dinner table. That was definitely a big motivator for the team at Orion when the company was founded in 2004, and that still rings true today.

As we take this quick glance at our past, we also want to look ahead to the future. Although exact dates and regulations may vary from state to state, as fall approaches, so too does deer hunting season in many parts of the country.

The Orion Outdoor Cooker combines the benefits of a variety of cooking styles — smokers, BBQs, convection — to create memorable experiences for everything from beef, pork and poultry to salmon and vegetables. It also happens to be an excellent way to prepare venison, which is worth considering with deer season about to open for most of us.

Our primary mission has always been to deliver cooking perfection, we have also spent a great deal of time focusing on convenience, especially in recent years. That’s one of the reasons Orion has introduced, in addition to the original outdoor cooker, smaller and larger models.

While the larger version allows users to cook more food and feed bigger groups of people (ideal for entertaining and parties), the smaller version of our outdoor cooker was created to allow for transportation. This could be for tailgating at football games or for taking with you on your next hunting trip, when “game” takes on an entirely different meaning.

At Orion, we want to be a resource for our customers in every way possible. As we have stated numerous times in the past, we’re not just selling an outdoor cooker to you...we are one of you. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us.

So, as we gear up and prepare for hunting season, we wanted to share important dates and reminders that just may come in handy as you set your sights on this fall’s deer harvest.

We apologize, but we did not include information for all states, only five. However, if you have questions about anything we did — or didn’t — mention here, please feel free to reach out and we’ll get back to you.


Archery season opens in Alabama on October 15, 2019 and runs through February 10, 2020 for Zones A and C, which encompasses most of the state, with the exception of all or parts of Lawrence, Winston, Morgan, Cullman, Blount, Marshall, Etowah and DeKalb counties. These areas are considered Zone B.

For those living or hunting in Zone B, archery season is October 25, 2019 to February 10, 2020.

Rifle and firearms season for antlered bucks is November 23, 2019 to February 10, 2020 for the entire state. For either sex, the season is December 14, 2019 to January 1, 2020 for Zones A and B, and December 21 to December 31, 2019 for Zone C, which includes most of the state’s southern counties minus Henry, Houston and part of Russell County. 

All dates are for public or open-permit land. For more information about zoning, go to


Archery season opens in Georgia on September 14, 2019 and runs through January 12, 2020 for most of the state. The season is extended until January 31 for the following counties: Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale.

Rifle and firearms season opens begins October 19, 2019 and ends January 12, 2020.


The state of Louisiana is divided into 10 different wildlife management areas (WMA) for deer hunting. Go to to view the map and for more information about each WMA.

Archery season for areas 1, 2 and 4 is October 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Archery season for areas 3, 7, 8 and 10 is September 21, 2019 to January 15, 2020. Archery season for areas 5, 6 and 9 is October 16, 2019 to February 15, 2020 (bucks only October 1-15).

Rifle and firearms season for areas 1 and 4 is November 16, 2019 to December 6, 2019 and January 6 to January 19, 2020. Rifle and firearms season for area 2 is October 26 to December 3, 2019. Rifle and firearms season for areas 3, 7 and 8 is October 19 to December 1, 2019. Rifle and firearms season for areas 5, 6 and 9 is November 16 to December 6, 2019. Rifle and firearms season for area 10 is October 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020.


Archery season opens in Ohio on September 28, 2019 and runs through February 2, 2020.

Rifle and firearms season runs December 2 to December 8,, 2019 and December 21 to December 22, 2019.


Archery season opens in West Virginia on September 28 and runs through December 31, 2019. 

Rifle and firearms season for bucks runs November 25 to December 7, 2019. 

Rifle and firearms season for antlerless deer is October 24 to October 27, 2019; November 25 to December 7, 2019; December 12 to December 15, 2019; and December 28 to December 31, 2019, except in the following counties and areas where it remains closed: Clay (south portion), Fayette (west portion), Kanawha (south portion), Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh (west portion), Wayne and Wyoming.

Although our aim is to provide our readers and consumers in these listed states with helpful details about the upcoming deer hunting season, it is best to consult with state gaming and wildlife officials for the most recent information about dates and regulations.

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