Texans like Oklahoma trout
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is proposing to eliminate the state’s trout license and increasing the price of non-resident fishing licenses to offset the revenue loss.
Forty-two percent of the trout licenses sold in Oklahoma are bought by out of state residents, most of them Texans who frequent the Lower Mountain Fork River.
Trout meeting in OKC
Speaking of trout, the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Prairie Fly Fishers Club are holding a special joint meeting Tuesday night at Backwoods, 122nd and N. May in Oklahoma City.
State wildlife officials will be discussing the recent flooding and progress of repairs on the Lower Mountain Fork River and the status of the Watts property project on the Lower Illinois River.
The Lower Illinois Public Fishing and Hunting Area – Simp and Helen Watts Management Unit – offers public fishing access for almost a mile of the river.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Free hunting days
Remember, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 5 and 6) are free hunting days in the state.
So if you didn’t make it out for an opening day dove shoot Tuesday, you can do so this weekend without having to buy a state hunting license or HIP permit.
The free hunting, though, is only for Oklahoma residents.
What do Oklahomans hunt the most?
Some statistical information I learned while researching a column on hunting and fishing license sales in Oklahoma.
Among owners of Oklahoma annual hunting licenses, 63 percent are deer hunters.
Next in line are dove (23 percent), turkey (19 percent), waterfowl (16 percent), quail (12 percent) and pheasant (9 percent).
Hogs are not listed because feral hogs are not a game animal and therefore not managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
My guess is there are more hog hunters in Oklahoma than quail hunters these days. Hog hunting may even be more popular than duck hunting in Oklahoma.
Interested in Broken Bow Lake?
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has scheduled a meeting Sept. 14 about its management plan for fishing on Broken Bow Lake.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Lakeview Lodge in Beaver’s Bend State Park.