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Deer numbers are slightly down

But the rut is starting and deer gun season is nearly here
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 10, 2013
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Dark or chocolate racks on bucks are caused by “what they are rubbing on,” Bartholomew said.

If bucks are rubbing their antlers on trees with a lot of sap, then the sap sticks to the antlers and they get darker, he said.

Bucks on the prairie, which spend more time in the sun, tend to have whiter antlers because their antlers get bleached out by the sun, Bartholomew said.

Bucks rub their antlers on trees primarily to mark their territory, he said. They start making rubs or scrapes once the velvet has shed from the antlers, he said.

Oklahoma's 16-day deer gun season, the biggest hunting season of the year, opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Almost 200,000 hunters in Oklahoma participate in the deer gun season. Archery deer season remains open through Jan. 15.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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