Some 15-20 years back, Indiana went to a 1 buck limit and changed the # of doe allowed to be taken. The doe numbers were based upon population in that county. There was a lot of grumbling and griping about it but now, the odds of seeing a quality buck are much, much greater. And there are still plenty of does to be taken in most of the 90-some odd counties in the state.
Arkansas went with antler restrictions and have seen an increase in the quality of their bucks.
East Texas has antler restrictions as well but someone from there will have to chime in to let you know how things are working out.
At a lease I was on in the hill country, we weren't allowed to plant anything nor put out protein feeders. We did work with the lessees on the two neighboring tracts and all of us started keeping the numbers in shape - we plain had too many deer.
Total acreage we had between the three of us was right at 3500 acres. We started by taking out does, lots of them. Our game count showed we had one deer for every 3 acres when we started. When I left the lease, 5 years later, we were 1 for 7 acres. Average 8 pt field dressed weight went from 74 pounds to 105 (2 years after I left, the average weight went up to 122 pounds).
As you can see, there are a number of ways that states have managed their herds. There isn't a one-size fits all method. Not having hunted much in Oklahoma, I really couldn't tell you what would work. And what works in one part of the state wouldn't necessarily work in another.
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