Concerns Raised Over Deer Population

Saturday, October 27th 2007, 3:04 pm
By: News On 6

SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) -- As thousands of hunters prepare for another deer season, some Oklahomans are expressing concern over the growth of the state's deer population. Carol and Joe Van Horn had dreams of starting a winery and orchard to compliment their bed and breakfast near the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The Van Horns planted grapes and fruit trees on their 27 acres surrounding the Echo Canyon Bed and Breakfast. But deer were foraging and nibbling on the grapes. Last year, they gave up on trying to start a winery.

Oklahoma's muzzleloader deer hunting season begins on Saturday. Gun season, the state's most popular hunting season, begins November17th.

State wildlife officials expect more than 170,000 to participate in hunting this year. Last year, 119,000 deer were harvested.