Outdoors mailbag: Readers weigh in on deer hunting proposal

Published: February 15, 2014

Earlier in the week, the legislative assistant for Rep. Colby Schwartz said that proposed legislation that would make it illegal for deer hunters to shoot a buck that had less than six points on either side was incorrectly written. The bill will be amended to reflect six points combined.

Several readers shared their thoughts on the issue:

“I am writing this letter In reference to your newspaper article proposing limiting deer harvest to bucks with only 6 points or greater.

By doing this it is supposed to increase the number of large rack bucks available for hunters. If this proposal is successful, it would do the opposite.

“What should happen to increase the 6-point or better buck population in Oklahoma is to limit the harvest to only one buck per season.

The ratio of buck per doe would be in balance and create a healthier herd. Also it would allow for the growth of trophy bucks.

If Oklahoma really wants to become the No. 1 trophy buck state, we should eliminate buck season for one year, and the following year limit the harvest to one buck, and then re-evaluate the herd for future hunting.”

— Louis M. Dakil, Oklahoma City

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