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Local sportsmen have the opportunity to voice their thoughts online now through January 13, 2012, regarding hunting and fishing related rule change proposals currently under consideration. They are also encouraged to attend the Wildlife Departmentâ€™s town hall meeting on Thursday, January 12th. 2012 at the Wildlife Heritage Center Museum in Antlers at 7:00 p.m.
Proposed rule changes are often considered to increase opportunity for sportsmen and improve wildlife conservation measures. Each rule change proposal pertains to Title 800 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. Title 800 is used by the Wildlife Commission to set fish and wildlife rules.
Â â€śThis is an opportunity to discuss items that could lead to changes in our hunting and fishing regulations,â€ť said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. â€śWe feel strongly that our constituents should have every chance to provide their comments, which is why we are providing an online comment form for those wanting to be heard on these specific subjects. We encourage you to provide your comments through wildlifedepartment.com anytime before 4:30 p.m., Jan. 13, 2012.â€ť
Additionally, those interested can submit written comments by mail to the Wildlife Departmentâ€™s main office in Oklahoma City (P.O. Box 53465, OKC, OK 73152).
To view a complete listing of proposed rule changes or to complete an online comment form, log on to: www.wildlifedepartment.com/aboutodwc/public_meeting.htm
Â Among others, some of the proposed rule changes this year include the following:
* To make it unlawful to bait wildlife on wildlife management areas.
* To change the bear archery season to Oct. 1 through the third Sunday in October and eliminate the
quota for bear archery season.
* To set the statewide daily limit of striped bass at five, except as designated.
* To eliminate daily harvest limits on furbearers so that only season limits apply.
* To establish permanent rules for newly purchased wildlife management areas while altering certain rules
on already established public lands.
* To adjust ATV usage rules on Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area to match those in place at Three