Oklahoma hunters will be able to use noise suppressors on their rifles this season when hunting on private land.
Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law Senate Bill 1743 that allows hunters to use suppressors, or silencers, when hunting on their own land or with permission of the landowner.
The law becomes effective Nov. 1.
State lawmakers earlier in the week passed an amended version of the original bill which carries harsher punishment for hunters using a noise suppressor while committing a game violation.
Anyone convicted of a wildlife offense while using a noise suppressor when hunting could face an additional fine of $500 to $1,000 over the normal fine for that specific game violation.
The Oklahoma State Game Wardens Association had opposed the legislation.
Fallin on Friday also signed legislation increasing the penalties for paddlefish poaching.
The crime remains a misdemeanor but fines will now range from $5,000 to $25,000 for anyone caught in illegal possession of paddlefish eggs or other products with a market value of more than $5,000. Paddlefish eggs are used to make caviar.