Oklahoma Conservation News

Wildlife licensing bill survives as substitute

March 11, 2021

SB774 remains ‘a work in progress’ author says By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF A bill that would allow the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to structure licenses and set fees for hunting and fishing seasons got a somewhat unusual pass from the Oklahoma State Senate Thursday. Rather than present his Senate Bill 774, author Casey…

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HB2214 ‘compromise bill’ passes House

March 10, 2021

Bill gives ODWC licensing authority but forces delay for lands purchases By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOFA bill that sponsors continue to push as an unhappy compromise between legislators and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation passed the House Wednesday on a 52 to 38 vote with 11 members excused. The bill now advances to the…

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Three bills hunters, anglers need to understand

March 6, 2021

SB776, SB774 and HB2214 create an odd mix with public lands vs. license fees By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Three important bills that involve the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have created some confusion among constituents, thanks to similar numbering, the same sponsors and one bill standing as a combination of the other two. At…

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New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland

Confirmation hearings to continue on Rep. Deb Haaland Interior Secretary nomination

February 23, 2021

CCOF Report Hearings on New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland’s Interior Secretary nomination will continue in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at 10 a.m. (EST) Wednesday. The committee adjourned at noon Monday after the representative fielded questions from committee members for about 90 minutes Tuesday morning. Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young introduced…

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Bill to limit Wildlife Department lands passes senate committee

February 22, 2021

Six-month wait required before pursuing any purchase By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Dubbed a compromise by its author, a bill that would force the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to wait six months to buy any lands on the open market was approved Monday by the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee. Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt…

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