Oklahoma Streamlines Hunting and Fishing Regulations, SB 941 Heads to the Governor’s Desk

KOKH - March 21, 2024 5:54 am

A bill that simplifies hunting and fishing rules in Oklahoma heads to the Governor’s desk.

There are a lot of rules to follow in the state when it comes to hunting or fishing, however, the bill that passed the House and Senate will make casting your line a little easier.

Once Governor Kevin Stitt signs the new rules into law, they’ll go into effect July 1, and Oklahomans need to be aware of the upcoming changes this summer.

Some of the biggest changes included in Senate Bill 941, which would allow people under the age of 18 to not have a fishing or hunting license.

The cut-off age used to be 16.

The five-year combination hunting and fishing license has also now been reduced to three years, costing $120.

Other costs for licenses have also changed, and the bill simplifies the number of licenses people have to have by half.

Licenses will be good for one year from the time it’s purchased instead of having to replace it in December or June.

Plus, the state’s Wildlife and Conservation Commission will release a report every five years following inflation rates to potentially allow lawmakers to increase or reduce license fees.

The bill is an effort to simplify the rules to help Oklahomans and whoever comes to the state to hunt or fish.

 

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