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Oklahoma legislators ponder hunting, fishing bills

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 28, 2013
It would be legal for Oklahoma noodlers   to catch and keep channel catfish (above) and blue catfish in addition to flatheads under a bill pending in the Oklahoma Legislature.
It would be legal for Oklahoma noodlers to catch and keep channel catfish (above) and blue catfish in addition to flatheads under a bill pending in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Here is a glance at the wildlife-related bills that have been introduced this legislative session and are still active.
Senate Bill 16: Would make it where holders of lifetime hunting licenses in Oklahoma would not have to buy a bear hunting license.
Senate Bill 216: Would require hunting guides to possess a hunting guide license from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, which would establish requirements for the license. The bill establishes a license fee of $100 for residents and $300 for non-residents.
Senate Bill 324: Would make it legal to noodle for blue catfish and channel catfish. Currently, only flathead catfish in Oklahoma are legal to catch and keep by hand-fishing.
Senate Bill 780: Would increase the minimum amount a person could be fined for improperly disposing of wildlife from $100 to $500.
Senate Bill 819: Would allow disabled persons to use laser sights for hunting.
Senate Bill 875: Would add elk to the list of wildlife nuisance species for which the Wildlife Department could issue depredation tags to control.
Senate Bill 919: Would allow aerial hunting of depredating wildlife with a permit from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
House Bill 1010: Would allow bowfishing, gigging and spear-gunning on the Upper Illinois River.
House Bill 1244: Would create a one-day non-resident fishing license and a nuisance wildlife control license.
House Bill 1595: Would increase from six months to one year the amount of time that people must live in Oklahoma before being able to buy a lifetime hunting and fishing license from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
House Bill 1596: Tightens residency requirements for persons wishing to buy lifetime hunting and fishing licenses in Oklahoma, including preventing use of an Oklahoma driver’s license as sole proof of residency.
House Bill 1920: Would allow feral hogs and other depredating animals to be shot from a helicopter.
House Bill 1928: Would modify apprentice designated hunting licenses to allow anyone younger than 30 to hunt with an apprentice license while supervised by another licensed hunter. The current law allows anyone ages 8 to 30 to get an apprentice license.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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