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Wildlife commission shoots down buck proposal

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission decided against the proposed deer hunting regulation that would have limited hunters to one buck during the combined gun and muzzleloader season.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 4, 2013

But many Oklahoma hunters who don't kill two bucks in a season still want the opportunity to do so, said Alan Peoples, head of the wildlife division for the Wildlife Department. Most Oklahoma deer hunters don't get excited about shooting does, he said.

“I heard a lot about it (the buck limit proposal). Yesterday in church they were on me out in the lobby,” Peoples said. “It tugs at the heartstrings of a lot of deer hunters. It shows to us that people take their hunting and fishing very seriously. They are passionate about it.”

In other action, the Wildlife Commission did unanimously approve a rule that would prohibit the transfer of shad from any body of water in Oklahoma that has been identified as being infested with Asian carp.

Shad and tiny carp are similar in appearance and state wildlife officials are trying to prevent the spread of the Asian carp.

The original proposal would have made it illegal to transfer shad from any lake or river in Oklahoma to another public body of water, but was modified to only waters that are infested with Bighead or Silver carp. The Wildlife Department will list those bodies of infested waters in the Oklahoma Fishing Guide.

Oklahoma waters where Asian carp have been discovered are the Red River and its tributaries below Denison Dam downstream to the Arkansas state line; Grand Lake; The Spring and Neosho rivers from Grand Lake upstream to the Kansas state line; Hudson Lake and the Grand River and its tributaries upstream to Grand Lake.

Wildlife commissioners also passed a rule that hunters who take feral hogs on wildlife managements areas during deer or turkey seasons must use a method of harvest that is legal for those hunting seasons.

Also approved was a measure allowing hunters during the youth deer gun season to also shoot a turkey in those counties that are open to fall turkey hunting.

The proposal to lower the age limit for youth deer and turkey season was rejected.

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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