New Hunting Regulations for Oklahoma

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Hot temperatures and dry weather have many hunters daydreaming about crisp fall mornings in the woods. Just in time, the "2006-07 Oklahoma Hunting Guide" has been printed and copies will soon be arriving at hunting license vendors across the state. There have been several changes to the hunting regulations designed to increase hunter opportunity and help better manage the state’s rich and diverse natural resources. Here are a few of the highlights:

•  Turkey hunters are no longer restricted to harvesting only one tom turkey per day during the spring season.

•  A new Youth Spring Turkey Season has been established. Turkeys taken during the youth season are not considered bonus and count toward county, wildlife management area and regular spring turkey statewide limits.

•  The required number of hours for hunter education classes has been reduced from 10 hours to eight hours.

•  Limited red fox hunting and trapping is now allowed.

•  Raccoon daily and season limits have been increased.

•  The $5 rattlesnake hunting permits will now also be available on-site at selected rattlesnake round-up festivals.

•  Effective Nov. 1, 2006, permission to hunt or fish on private lands shall be presumed to be valid for not more than one year, unless the owner, lessee, or occupant specifically grants consent for a specified period of time.

•  Antelope hunting opportunities have increased in Cimarron and Texas counties. Anyone hunting in these areas (during antelope season) should be aware of hunter orange and firearm requirements.

            For complete information about license costs, season dates, zones and other details about the upcoming hunting seasons log on to wildlifedepartment.com or consult the "2006-07 Oklahoma Hunting Guide," available at hunting license vendors across the state.