“I absolutely support the change to a one buck limit regardless of the manner it is taken. I would personally like to see the limit changed to include bow hunting.
“I trust ODWC (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation) biologists to recommend the best limits that will improve all fish and game. I think they are in the best position to recommend what is best to increase the quality and quantity of our game.”
Dr. Michael T. McEwen
Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Ret
“It is sad that all the emphasis is on trophy hunting, very sad. I have been deer hunting since the early ‘70s and it was 1985 before I ever killed a deer.
“I harvest my share of them now, but I am, like many other older guys, a deer hunter, not a trophy hunter. I am also an old school hunter, no feeders, not food plots, etc.
“The truth of the matter is that the almighty dollar is what is really behind the proposal. Trophy hunting equals more money.
“I mount somewhere around 30 deer heads each year for friends and family and I Know how exciting it is to harvest a trophy buck, but deer hunting is so much more than that. I think it is sad that not many hunters seem to feel that way anymore.
Harold Maddox, Oklahoma City
“Personally, I think this is a vanity issue. I don't give a twit about someone's vanity to hang a big antlered head on a wall.
“The best interest of the management of the deer herd isn't in bigger antlered deer. Hunter self-restraint is what needs to be encouraged. I passed on two little bucks opening day because it was right for me to do.
“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