Posted 01-24-2005 at 07:22:49
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I remember when deer were reintroduced back into Oklahoma in the early 1950's by the Okla Fish and Wildlife Dept. The deer herds had been basically wiped out before 1920.
By the 1970's the size of the new herds had exploded but were mostly kept in check by hunting.
It doesn't seem that hunting is keeping the herds in check now. Many counties in Okla allow 6 deer to be taken but still the deer population is rapidly getting out of hand. I don't think there are near as many hunters now. Salary's for the Fish & Game Dept personnel used to come from the sale of hunting and fishing license. Wonder where it comes from now?
My questions are: Should the deer populations be kept in balance and, if so, how should it be done if hunters are not able to do the job?
In the northern states, over population is somewhat kept in check by the winter weather. Not true for the more southern states.