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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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Wildlife Department wants to talk turkey

May 3, 2021

Survey asks about population decline, later season By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF With a drop in the wild turkey population the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is asking hunters for advice about hunting season changes outside its normal rule-making process. Through emails to license holders and on Facebook, the department posted a link to a…

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Hunting, fishing licenses could extend to 365 days

April 23, 2021

Week pares down three bills to one remaining provision by KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Oklahomans with a 2021 hunting or fishing license could see that license extended to 365 days from the date of purchase rather than expiring on Dec. 31 if a bill stands as passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday.…

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