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Oklahoma hunters can start officially commenting on proposed buck limit changes Monday

The possible rule change has drawn quite a response from readers
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 1, 2012

Bob Braudrick, Edmond

“The only way to get people to not shoot little bucks would be an incentive program by the department to increase buck size.

“I don't know anybody who shoots little bucks because they have an extra tag ... The Wildlife Department needs to rethink this proposal.”

Brad Sherry, Yukon

“I'm all for the one buck limit. I have been hunting for 15 years and I have lived in Oklahoma and Kansas. I have seen what a one buck limit can do.

“If they would make the hunter harvest a doe before they can shoot a buck that would help.”

John Hix, Fort Supply

“I am opposed to the proposed deer hunting regulation. Why? Takes away hunting opportunity. For those of us who prefer gun hunting (black powder and rifle), if we are fortunate to harvest a black powder buck, we are essentially done for the year.

“Many of us are not going to sit in the woods during rifle season without a buck tag in our pocket. Most of us don't harvest two bucks, but for the few who do, why take away the opportunity?

“It's just not right for gun hunters to be limited to one buck a year while those who also archery hunt can harvest two.

“The (Wildlife) Department would like to see a higher doe harvest, but this regulation would likely lower it. Fewer hunters would likely be in the woods if they already harvested a buck with black powder.

“Would this regulation even work? The percentage of hunters who kill two bucks a year is fairly low. Would there be enough bucks saved to make a significant difference?

Garland Wright, Holdenville



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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