Editor's Note: Readers responded to last week's column that suggested the overall buck limit be reduced from two to one for the Oklahoma deer hunting seasons.
I think the one buck limit would encourage poaching and/or deer not getting checked in. I hunt mostly archery, which is a long season. With the (one buck) limit, if I tag a buck early in the season, that limits the rest of the season to does only.
That would reduce my desire to hunt, especially in inclement weather. I always harvest a doe first anyway. I think the limit would keep honest hunters out of the woods if they couldn't shoot another buck all season long.
Dave Cameron, Oklahoma City
I think going to the one buck limit would be ideal. In just a few years, I think you would really see it pay off. There are plenty of does for people to harvest.
Colby Wiss, Mulhall
I like to have a second chance to shoot a bigger buck if I happen to see one throughout the deer season. So therefore, I don't like the idea of having a one buck limit.
Tim Phan, Oklahoma City
As a hunter who hunts all three deer seasons, I believe that the two buck limit is restrictive enough. A one buck limit would only result in less hunting opportunities and people shooting more than one buck and not checking it.
Mike Buerger, Mustang
I favor a one buck limit. At the very least, a three to five year trial period would give hunters the opportunity to witness the benefits of a reduced buck harvest.
If hunters are truly interested in hunting opportunities, get into the woods and control the population by harvesting more does.
The only way to truly manage the herd, and assure that a good number of bucks reach maturity before being harvested, is to lower statewide or at least regionwide, limits on bucks.
Gerald McMullin, Kingfisher
Keep it a two buck limit but to shoot a second buck, you have to shoot a doe first.
You should still allow youth to harvest a buck and doe in youth season. I believe you need to make a second week for muzzleloader season just to shoot a doe.
The other thing that has always inhibited me from killing a doe or two is the time it takes to clean a deer and having to much meat in the freezer.
We need more places to take deer donations to “Hunters Against Hunger.” I have to drive almost an hour to donate a deer.
Gary Strong, Duncan