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The end of the Oklahoma bow season is fast approaching. It was a memorable season for my household even though no bucks were killed. Yet. I still have one more opportunty tomorrow evening. Now that it is over we need to start thinking about our management goas. What did we learn this season? What would we have done different? In the next couple of weeks I will frequently go over a few of the off season duties that we might want to undertake. What would you like to hear about?
I am urging everyone to go to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/ and voice their opinions on the most debatable regulation proposal the state of Oklahoma has seen in quite awhile. There is a proposal to change the combined buck limit to one buck only during the combined season for rifle and blackpowder. The total buck limit will still be two bucks. You can kill one with a bow and one with a rifle or blackpowder. You can still kill two with a bow for your total. You will not be able to kill one with a blackpowder AND one with a rifle. A lot of hunters that I know do not even hunt with a bow for physical or other reasons. They would only be allowed one buck tag to be used during the two seasons combined if they do not hunt with archery equipment. I think that there are other avenues the department could take to achieve their management objectives. I am just curious what everyone’s take is on this new proposal. Let’s get some comments rolling!
On October 10 I got off work early decided to check my trail cameras. Then I said to myself might as well bring my bow and hunt so I got in my stand off a gravel road where I have found, over the last few years, bucks laying down scrape lines and numerous rubs. I didn’t think I would see anything because the wind started swirling. Around 5:00 pm I heard something to my right. I looked didn’t see anything ad about a minute later I heard it again. I looked a second time and I saw a big bodied deer about 60 yards to my right. I couldn’t see his rack at first as he started my direction. I thought no way is this deer coming towards me with this wind but he kept coming that’s when he lowered his head and I could see his rack. Just then I went into cardiac arrest as he kept walking towards me. Then at 35 yards give or take I focused on the shot and then as my arrow released I saw it hit lungs. The buck ran about 30 yards. I watched him drop. He lifted his head a couple times then it dropped. As I walked up on him I then realized he still had velvet. After talking to a couple QDMA practitioners I found out he is a cactus buck. A wildlife biologist said by the looks of the buck he spent the majority of his life normal until his injury which resulted in lower testosterone. This is lightning striking with a chance of a lifetime buck in size and character.
This was Brian Singleton’s story about a rare Oklahoma velvet buck. It was killed in Muskogee county, Oklahoma. There are various reasons that this deer did not shed his velvet this year. The end result was that he didn’t. That was a very unique deer that resulted in a once in a lifetime kill. Especially in Oklahoma since the deer usually always lose their velvet before October 1st. Nevertheless, this is a true trophy for anyone. The taxidermist scored this buck at 144 inches. Brian also mentioned that this buck had no full teeth. They were completely worn. Maybe age played a role in a hormone imbalance. Who really knows? All I know is that Brian has ended up with a true mature trophy that anyone would be proud of.
Til’ Next Time… Scott Herrmann