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Readers sound off on proposed deer hunting regulation change

Editor's Note: Here is a sampling of feedback I received last week on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's proposal to reduce the buck limit to one for the combined muzzleloader and gun seasons in 2013.
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 24, 2012

“We just lost one buck to regulation change. I don't bow hunt. Big horns and heavy deer are more about genetics and food. Let's address that issue.

Phil Young, Piedmont

“I understand some peoples desire to shoot a trophy buck, but disagree that it should be the state making a decision to change season quotas for the sole purpose of helping create a trophy state.

“The business of the state Wildlife Department should be to ensure population numbers are kept in check either by limiting total number of deer taken or reducing season open dates.

“You also state people are leaving our state to hunt elsewhere simply because they want a chance at a trophy buck. Let them go! We have the highest deer population numbers in my life and every year some are bagging very large bucks.

Dale Dowell, Cushing

“I think it is a tremendous idea! Oklahoma is already becoming more of a trophy deer state. We have serious hunters like Chipper Jones and Adam LaRoche coming to hunt in northwest Oklahoma every fall.

“I think limiting gun/muzzleloader hunters to one buck a year is going to make our hunting that much better. I honestly wouldn't mind us becoming more like Kansas and only having one buck tag per year between all three (archery, muzzleloader and gun).

“That would really make people hold off on those 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 year olds and take more does if they are looking for meat.

“My friends and I went to Kansas last year and hunting on the walk-in hunting areas that are private land open to the public. I couldn't believe the amount of bucks I saw.”

Ethan Davis, Stillwater

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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