Oklahoma Apprentice License Now Available to Younger Hunters
Last year's introduction of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s apprentice-designated hunting license made learning to hunt easier than ever for new sportsmen, and one change made recently by the Oklahoma Legislature will make the 2008 season easier once again.
House Bill 2735, authored by Brian Renegar of the House and Richard Lerblance of the Senate, allows youth 10 years of age and older to purchase apprentice-designated hunting licenses if required. Previously, apprentice-designated hunting licenses were only available to hunters ages 16-35.
"The apprentice-designated hunting license is a great way to get more youth interested in hunting and more aware of the need for conservation," said Colin Berg, information supervisor for the Wildlife Department. "When you take a new hunter into the field, it’s an investment in the future of conservation as well in the lives of sportsmen."
For complete details on the apprentice-designated hunting license, see the "2008-09 Oklahoma Hunting Guide," which will be available in July.
The Oklahoma Legislature addressed several other important issues this session that may affect hunters and anglers, including one bill that creates a five-year hunting, fishing, and combination license that will be available to sportsmen in January 2009. To see a complete listing of the bills and resolutions, consult the Wildlife Department's online legislative tracker by logging on to wildlifedepartment.com.