Living in the Southeastern part of OK for the last 11 years has made me understand the need for some major changes in our "Wildlife Division." I understand in Oklahoma the Game Department only gets operating funds from the sportsman through sales of license.
In years past the DOW states we had a record kill. Well the article states there has been an increase in license sales so would it stand to reason there should be more game taken with the increase in hunters?
Our Game Wardens are not to blame for the wanton waste of Oklahoma game resources. They are given an area in the southeastern part of the state that is impossible to cover.
As for as extending our deer season, thats a joke. As for creating a youth deer gun hunt in October, unacceptable.
If indeed the "Wildlife Commision" wants to give Oklahoma sportsmen more opportunities thats fine but take in consideration that not all areas of the state are equal in deer herds and/or buck to doe ratios. What might be good for western counties may not be what eastern counties need to establish or improve the deer herd. To establish more time for more hunters to be in the woods, in my opinion, would be very determental to the deer herd in S.E. Oklahoma.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Chief. Making game management policies work on statewide levels can be challenging when there are wide variations in habitat and populations within a state. I know here in Colorado, what works on the plains isn't necessarily good for the mountains or vice versa.
You should consider sharing your thoughts with the DWC, if you haven't done so already. Their website can be found here:
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