Oklahoma Conservation News

State biologists seek views on ‘trash fish’

July 25, 2021

Surveys hit mailboxes of 15,000 randomly chosen Oklahoma anglers this month Note: An early version of this story contained an incorrect reference to paddlefish limits. It has been corrected. By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Postcard notices arriving in anglers’ mailboxes are about “trash fish” but are not junk mail, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials…

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Pathogens thrive in state’s nutrient-rich waters

July 5, 2021

Knowledge, simple precautions make summer outings safer By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Like May flowers that follow April showers, bacterial blooms may follow rainy days that break up summer’s hot streaks. Heavy rain followed by high temperatures in June gave rise to blue-green algae blooms reported at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and at Lake…

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Turkey season bag limit reduced to one tom

June 29, 2021

Wildlife Commission moves season to later dates, $1.3 million planned for new research By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF In an effort to curb population declines the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission voted Monday to drastically cut the wild turkey season bag limit from three birds to just one. The seven-member commission voted unanimously to accept a…

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Wildlife Commission tables help for wild turkeys

June 7, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Publication of the state’s hunting and fishing rulebooks could be delayed after the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday tabled discussion of emergency turkey hunting rules meant aid dwindling populations. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation biologists told the seven-member body that wild turkey populations have dropped an estimated 50 to…

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Wildlife licensing bill HB2214 now a predator control measure

May 19, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF House Bill 2214, a bill of high interest to hunters and anglers this legislative session, passed the House Thursday, is on its way to the Senate, and contains none of its original content. The bill that might have led the way to overhaul of the state’s hunting and fishing license…

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