Deer hunters worry the drought will dampen hunting season

OKLAHOMA  – Although we’ve had a wet summer so far, hunters in some parts of Oklahoma are worried about deer season.

It may not be deer season yet, but already hunters are worried their won’t be enough prey when fall hunting season comes around.

As the lights turn on for the hunting TV show Major-League Bowhunter, the crew is hoping the drought conditions won’t put a damper on deer season.

“The drought absolutely decimated the Deer’s food source especially in the northwest,” Brandon Adams with the Television Show Major League Bowhunter said.

While the hunters say you can’t see the full effects of the drought yet they expect the worst.

“It really hasn’t affected us yet but I see a problem coming in the near future. I think as a hunter and a conservationist we all need to wake up and not expect someone else to do that for us,” said Jeff Danker, host of Major League Bowhunter.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says the overall deer population is at its lowest in more than a decade causing the disease-spreading midge flu to infect deer.

“We have all these deer going to a watering hole because there’s no water anywhere else, and it concentrates in one place it’s a perfect area for these bugs to breed,” Danker said.

Hunting is big business in Oklahoma bringing in an overall $600,000,000.

“We are known in Oklahoma for being stewards of the land eating things that we harvest, and I don’t want to lose that ever,” said Danker.

Another culprit feeding to the problem are hungry coyotes searching for food.

“A pack of coyotes can really do damage to a herd,” Adams said.

“I mean they really have to eat so much food,” Adams added.

While deer season isn’t until the fall, these hunters aren’t waiting to take a stand.

“I think we need to get off the couch and get to listening and knowing and then react to what needs to be done,” Danker said.