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More Oklahoma deer hunters willing to pass on young bucks

Harvest numbers show greater number of older bucks bagged and lesser number of young bucks
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: April 6, 2013
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"We are living in the best time to be a deer hunter in the history of our state," said Erik Bartholomew, big game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

"We have archery, muzzleloader and modern firearms seasons, youth seasons, liberal antlerless hunting opportunities, liberal harvest limits, and literally 100 days out of the year that hunters can be out there looking to harvest a deer if they want to. Hunters are better educated and they are being more selective about what they harvest."

Still, Bartholomew said hunters should continue to take advantage of antlerless deer hunting opportunities and look for opportunities to pass on younger bucks in order to wait on an older one.


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