LANGSTON — Bobby Moore was disappointed after learning he can no longer participate in duck hunting at Langston Lake — a favorite hobby for the Oklahoma City resident. "I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind it, but I don’t like it one bit,” Moore said. Langston University officials initiated a ban that prohibits duck hunting at the lake. The ban takes effect immediately. The decision was made to comply with the university’s effort to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for firearms, drugs and alcohol, according to a university statement. A near-drowning and confrontations among hunters also were factors considered by university officials when they implemented the ban, according to the statement. The 50-acre lake is owned by the university. In the wake of campus shootings in 2009, university officials implemented new security measures and a zero-tolerance policy in August. "It is with great regret that we announce the banning of what has become a yearly tradition within our community,” university President JoAnn Haysbert said in a news release. "However, in keeping with LU’s zero-tolerance policy for firearms, our university had no other recourse but to demand compliance from all of its departments, including Langston Lake.” Hunting has been allowed at Langston Lake for more than 40 years. In 2008, Guthrie City Council members approved a similar ban at Liberty Lake. For a list of alternative locations for duck hunting, call the state Wildlife Conservation Department at 521-3855.
I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind it, but I don’t like it one bit.”