Waterfowlers in central Oklahoma have lost another duck hunting spot as Langston University has announced the end of hunting on Langston Lake.
Last year the Guthrie City Council voted to ban duck hunting at Liberty Lake. This is becoming a disturbing trend.
Blinds on the lake, southwest of the town of Langston, were available to the public in the past by a lottery.
But this season the university delayed any drawing for blinds until a vote was taken on the issue.
“We have been fielding calls from hunters on a call by call basis, and had informed them we would be releasing an official statement from the school until after the new year,” said Fran Thomas, media specialist at Langston University.
That came Monday. According to the news release, the decision to end the hunting of ducks and small game at the lake came as the university takes extra efforts to enforce its zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol and firearms.
According to a statement released by LU’s Office of the President, the decision to ban duck hunting at Langston Lake received a unanimous vote by the Langston University Extended Council in November.
In making its determination to cease duck hunting at its lake, Langston University considered some prior mishaps that included a drowning, unauthorized use of blinds, and confrontations among hunters.
JoAnn W. Haysbert, president of Langston University, said making the decision to end the longstanding tradition of controlled duck hunting at Langston Lake wasn’t something that was done without much deliberation and consideration.
“Langston University has offered small game hunting privileges to the hunting community at Langston Lake for over four decades, and it is with great regret that we announce the banning of what has become a yearly tradition within our community,” Haysbert said. “However, in keeping with LU’s zero tolerance policy for firearms, our university had no other recourse but to demand compliance from all of its departments, including in this case Langston Lake.”