Oklahoma Conservation News

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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Pinnell touts 100-fold return off Fishing Trail promotion

May 13, 2021

Tourism revenue, state parks improvements, new wildlife role top Lt. Gov remarks By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The Oklahoma Fishing Trail pays big dividends for the state, outdoors recreation industry and people who enjoy the outdoors, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell told members of a state chapter of Trout Unlimited in Tulsa Wednesday. Speaking to the…

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Wildlife groups applaud expanded federal lands hunting, fishing access

May 7, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma this week joined the National Wildlife Federation in applauding federal efforts to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on federal public lands, which includes recent expansions at three Oklahoma wildlife refuges. The Department of Interior announced Wednesday its plan to increase access for new or expanded…

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Testing the waters: Group sets new pollution monitoring standards for Spring Creek

May 5, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF KANSAS — The clear water of Spring Creek, often called the most pristine Ozark stream in Oklahoma, is both puzzling and deceptive. Standing on a county road southwest of the little town of Kansas with seven other coalition volunteers, Beth Rooney spelled out the deception clearly. “People swim in it…

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