Oklahoma Conservation News

Wildlife Department to push for license fee authority

January 13, 2022

Hunting, fishing license prices would be set by the Wildlife Department, Commission By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is again seeking a major overhaul to hunting and fishing license fees. The agency wants to control the fee-setting structures itself, rather than going through the legislature. With the bill-filing deadline for…

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Friday last day to comment on proposed hunting, fishing regulation changes

January 6, 2022

Statewide bass fishing, western quail hunting regulations top list of proposals By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Bass, quail, and trapping are drawing the highest interest on a slate of proposed state hunting and fishing regulation changes. Friday is the deadline to submit public comments in the annual Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation public rulemaking process.…

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Oklahoma whooping crane shootings ‘unprecedented’

December 18, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The recent shootings of four rare whooping cranes in Oklahoma is unprecedented and will come with consequences, officials say. “It’s unprecedented because it’s a first for Oklahoma and more cranes were killed in this shooting than in any other single incident,” said Elizabeth Smith, North America program director for the…

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Tribal compact cancellations could hit Wildlife Department funding

December 17, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision not to renew hunting and fishing compacts with the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations for 2022 could mean a potential loss of millions of dollars in future federal funding for the state’s wildlife department. The Cherokee Nation claims federal funding has been boosted by $32 million…

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Tulsa River Parks takes aim at privet

December 10, 2021

Turkey Mountain project improves habitat, provides a demonstration area for view BY KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Fire can be good medicine for a forest, even one that is on the outskirts of a city. Controlled burns on are tap for Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in coming weeks, thanks to a U.S. Forest Service grant…

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