Group examines Oklahoma's hunting, fishing license changes

JULIE BISBEE, Capitol Bureau Modified: August 27, 2009 at 4:32 am •  Published: August 27, 2009
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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.


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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