Oklahoma sportsmen have until Jan. 10 to comment on proposed hunting and fishing regulation changes for 2014.
Among the proposed changes is a statewide elk hunting season on private land. State wildlife officials say there are at least 30 counties in Oklahoma that each have six or more free-ranging elk.
Most of the elk are animals that have either escaped or been released from commercial hunting operations or private elk farms in the state.
Under the proposal, the elk season dates would be the same as the deer season dates in Oklahoma. Hunters could take one elk.
Elk hunting regulations through the agency's controlled hunts program and on private land around the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge would not change.
Other hunting regulation proposals include requiring turkeys to be checked online statewide and barring hunting dogs from Honobia, Pine Creek and Three Rivers Wildlife Management areas in southeastern Oklahoma during deer seasons.
In fishing, a proposed rule change would allow anglers to keep only two paddlefish per year. Paddlefish, also known as spoonbills, also would have to be checked online.
Another proposal would allow noodlers to harvest blue catfish and channel catfish in addition to flathead catfish. The daily limit would be three, but only one could be 30 inches or longer.
Sportsmen can log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com to comment on the proposed changes. A public hearing on the proposals is scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, 1801 N Lincoln. The hearing begins at 7 p.m.
FLY TYERS EXTRAVAGANZA SCHEDULED IN SAPULPA
The fourth annual Fly Tyers Extravaganza is scheduled Jan. 11 at the Creek County Fairgrounds in Sapulpa.
Anglers from four states will be demonstrating how to tie fishing flies. There also will be casting demonstrations and raffles for prizes.