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Okie Archery numbers doubled this decade
23,000 deer harvested last year compared to 11,000 2007. That's incredible growth for our sport. Technology has played a role in popularity as well as the legalization of crossbows in 2009.
Have you noticed that deer are more pressured earlier in the season?
What would you like to see change in our state management?
For the game wardens to check more hunters because I think most folks are hunting out of season with a rifle just from what I can hear around where I hunt at I'm strictly bow hunting and try to manage for mature deer but it's hard to do when your neighbors are picking off your 3 year olds with rifles At times when it's supposed to be archery season only !!
oh and i may add online check in....allowing even the wort riflehunter to tag in a deer with an archery tag during bow season.
I agree with the use of rifles during archery seasons. I hear way to many gun shots before light and after. Online checks is a free tag for poachers.
I'd like to see the check in system come back myself as well! That and a seperate and slightly shorter season for crossbows especially on public land which has become very crowded compared to just a few years ago
I agree Michael. I hunted a small public area that was archery only until crossbows were legal for everyone. I might see one or two other hunters a weekend before and then it turned 10 plus and the deer moved elsewhere or went nocturnal. I quit hunting the area all together.
I don't believe poachers really care what checking system is used.
Yea I've never really understood how the online check in contributes to poaching... Wouldn't a poacher just take the deer home anyway or cut in field? I've never seen stats to back this up. Does a poacher need a tag?
I did enjoy taking my deer to the check station.
Because now you can just take it home and still be "legal" it's a poachers dream...have your cake and eat it too. I really don't think it happens as much as people who pass on deer older that 3.5 years old think it does though lol
ive heard that said before. There has always been a lot of poaching of deer.
I disagree with our season dates all together. The best time to be in the woods for most seasons ive hunted falls during bow only. between muzzleloader and rifle. If I had my pick I would push rifle back to start around first weekend in Nov, and muzzle loader to but right up to it. I personally would lime to see the check stations come back. It was good for hunter fellowship and the kids. As far as poaching, the State will have to cough up allot more money, and have more than 1 game warden for the entire county. Without local Law enforcement agencies enforcing wildlife laws, Game Wardens are it, and theres simply not enough of em.
Oh hell no! Lol Rifle and muzzleloader season is falling in the peak of the rut! My opinion it would be a disaster for bow hunting
We need to push rifle back say first part of Dec. like Kansas look what they have by doing this and X bows only during rifle or Blk. powder season.
I agree bowdoc...unfortunately archery is t the small player that it used to be. I think the only thing that is keeping the gun season popular is the semi decent rut dates.
I mean really if you could hunt peak rut dates with a crossbow or cold December nothingness with a crossbow which would you choose? Those damn machines are going to change bow seasons forever...heck they already are
*cold December nothingness with a rifle