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New rules for hunting, fishing licenses in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's hunting and fishing license laws get a makeover in 2011
by Ed Godfrey Modified: December 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm •  Published: December 25, 2010

The new year will bring more changes to Oklahoma's convoluted hunting and fishing license laws.

Some licenses will be gone. Some have been consolidated. Some will be new.

Oklahoma has more than 100 kinds of fishing, hunting and trapping licenses or permits.

Last year, state wildlife officials and lawmakers attempted to streamline the licensing process to make it less confusing for sportsmen.

I don't know if they succeeded. Dozens of different kinds of fishing and hunting licenses are still sold.

At least there will be less overall beginning Saturday, even though there will be new ones.

Here are the major license changes for 2011:

No more trout license: Anglers will no longer need a separate trout license to fish the state's winter trout areas or the two year-round trout streams, the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mountain Fork River.

A state fishing license will cover trout fishing as well.

A fiscal year hunting license: Hunters now get the option of buying a license that covers the calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) or the fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

The advantage of the fiscal year hunting license is that covers all of major hunting seasons in Oklahoma that overlap the calendar year.

With the fiscal year license, Oklahoma sportsmen can hunt the final weeks of archery deer season, the final weeks of the waterfowl seasons and the spring turkey season without having to buy a new hunting license for the calendar year.

However, the fiscal year hunting license will cost $7 more than the calendar year license. A combination fiscal year hunting and fishing license also is available.

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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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