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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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/> Oklahoma has more than 45 types of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.

Proposed changes call for streamlining deer licenses from seven to three, which may increase fees.

Currently, an adult hunter pays $20 per deer during archery, muzzleloader or gun season. Under the proposal, a hunter would get a single season permit for $35 and would be allowed to harvest the maximum number of deer during a specific season.

The fee for youth permits would change from $10 per deer during a specific season to $20 for all seasons. Streich said while the fee could increase, hunters could take more deer under one license and encourage the hunting of antlerless deer.

The proposed sportsman license would include fishing and hunting licenses, deer and turkey licenses, waterfowl stamps and other permits. The package is valued at $354, but would be sold for $150, Streich said.


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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