February 7, 2023

Oklahoma Votes to Approve Hunting Rules

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After the conclusion of several public meetings between Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission and hunters, fishers and trappers, the WCC has voted on and passed several new measures that will change some hunting rules.

One of the new changes will be adding a youth-only turkey hunting day in the spring. This change will take effect in 2007. The youth day will happen the weekend just prior to the regular spring turkey hunt and each youth is allowed one tom which will count toward their 3 tom spring turkey limit.

Other changes that were approved include, removing the limit of one tom turkey per day. This change will take effect in 2007.

They voted to reduce the length of the hunter education class from 10 hours to 8 and to allow for a “test only” certification for those who are exempt in Oklahoma.

There were other measures passed as well. For a complete list of what passed and what didn’t, visit the Oklahoma CWW web site.

The following proposals were not passed.

Allowing recorded turkey calls.

Reduce the number of antlered deer a hunter can take from three to two.

Increase the number of deer a bow hunter can take from 4 to 6 and allow bow hunters to take a deer of either sex during the time period of January 1 – 15.

Lengthen the muzzle loader season by adding 7 days to the beginning of the season.

Tom Remington