Lawmakers are considering ways to simplify hunting and fishing licenses in Oklahoma. Some of those proposals call for combining some licenses and in some cases increasing fees.
Some of the proposals include combining all lifetime licenses, creating a resident deer license by season and creating a "sportsman license” which would combine all licenses for all seasons. All changes would have to be approved by lawmakers when the Legislature convenes next year. License changes were discussed Wednesday during the first meeting of a 10-member task force created during the last legislative session. "Some proposals would increase the price of licenses, but add seasons like holiday hunts,” said Melinda Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Department. The department gets about $16.6 million in revenue from hunting and fishing licenses each year. "Our mission today it to try to simplify the process for the constituents and at least keeping it revenue neutral,” said Richard Hatcher, the assistant director of operations for the department. Oklahoma has more than 45 types of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
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Huntng and fishing in Oklahoma
• 625,000: The number of anglers who have licenses in Oklahoma
• 356,000: The number of hunters licensed in Oklahoma
• 63 percent: Portion who hunt deer
• 23 percent: Portion who hunt dove
• 19 percent: Portion who hunt turkey Source: State Wildlife Conservation Department
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