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Wildlife commissioner says best hunting for big bucks is in the middle of the day

by Ed Godfrey Published: December 1, 2013
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Oklahoma deer hunters are having success across the state, including Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Danny Robbins of Altus, who shot this 10-pointer on Monday in Jackson County.

“I shot this buck around 10:30 a.m. when most hunters have already gone home for the day,” Robbins said in an email. “I'm a firm believer in staying on the stand all day if you can during the rut.”

Robbins shot the buck with his .257 Weatherby while it was tending a scrape at the edge of the woods just 30 yards away from his stand.

“I've killed my biggest bucks when other hunters have already went to town for lunch and a nap before heading back out to the woods for a late afternoon hunt during the peak traditional deer movement time,” Robbins said.

“I believe that big bucks pattern hunters and normally feel safer moving during the midday when hunters have normally gone to town. Those big bucks didn't grow old by being stupid.

“I believe a check of the Boone & Crockett record book will verify my statement. A big part of the record book deer were killed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

Oklahoma's deer gun season continues through Dec. 8. Robbins urges hunters to pass on young bucks and let them grow.

“If the hunters of the state follow this mission statement, we will continue to see a better balanced age structure in our deer herd, which will benefit the deer herd and the hunters of our great state in the future,” he said.

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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