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.
Senior citizen hunting and fishing licenses: There were two (for ages 60 and older and 64 and older), but now there will be just one (for ages 65 and older).
The new senior citizen license will include all of the benefits that are included in lifetime licenses, such as deer licenses.
Everyone currently possessing senior citizen licenses will be extended the same benefits.
Non-resident annual deer licenses: For those who live outside Oklahoma but hunt deer in the state, beginning in 2011 they will be able to buy an annual license for each of the deer seasons - archery, muzzleloader and gun - instead of buying individual tags.
Each license will cost $280.
Licenses eliminated but still honored: Lifetime hunting for ages 60 and older; lifetime combination hunting and fishing license for ages 60 and older; the lifetime Oklahoma waterfowl license.
Trapping: Holders of lifetime hunting and fishing licenses now will be exempt from having to buy a trapping license.
Payment plan: Oklahomans ages 16 and younger will be able to pay for a lifetime hunting and fishing license in installments over one year.
The 2010-11 Oklahoma Hunting Guide incorrectly lists 17-year-olds as eligible participants and the payment plan over a three-year period.
Wildlife Conservation Passport: Anyone with a valid Oklahoma hunting or fishing license still can access most of the state's wildlife management areas for free.
Everyone else must buy a $26 annual passport to do so beginning Saturday.
Three Rivers and Honobia Creek WMAs in southeastern Oklahoma require the purchase of a separate land use permit for all.