Oklahoma to launch new public hunting/fishing lands program

Oklahoma to launch new public hunting/fishing lands program

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    Oklahoma to launch new public hunting/fishing lands program

    Has anyone heard of what is happening with this?


    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation just landed a $2.26 million Farm Bill grant through the Natural Resource Conservation Service, which will use the money to pay private landowners to open their lands for public access to fishing, hiking, and hunting for as early as 2016.
    After a few years applying, the state got word last week that it was one of several states awarded part of $20 million issued through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Improvement Program.

    Oklahoma to launch new public hunting/fishing lands program - Tulsa World: Outdoors: Kelly Bostian

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    I know its in the works, but haven't heard a lot about it. We talked abut it here awhile back. Some in favor of it, some not.
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort,
    to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

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    Is this a program like Montana uses where farmers and landowners let you hunt their property like public land or do you have to to get permission first?
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    You can hunt it like public land. Some of the neighbors to these places aren't very happy when somebody say OPPS! when they are found crossing property lines.
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    to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

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    Like anything new, there is going to be some getting used to it. Kansas has been doing this for pheasant hunting for years and no one has exploded yet
    America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

    Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack

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    Going to tick a lot of people off when some land owners find they can make more money through this than in leasing the land. I think it's a great idea. I'm willing to bet the big area will be in the bear zones and antelope areas. I do see elk opportunities expanding as well.
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    Let the last minute land buying frenzy begin.
    America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

    Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack

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    That's for sure!!
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    When I lived in Kansas they did this. It was called walk in hunting access (WIHA) It was an excellent program. Lots of good land was available and it's actually ALL I hunted. I never saw another hunter. The regs were the same as public hunting areas as far as baiting and stands. Some were bow only and some were only open to certain species. I can tell you first hand that it is an amazing program and it would be great if Oklahoma made it happen!

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    If OK wasn't divided up into smaller parcels, I could see it possibly working like it does in KS.............. I see a huge mess coming with people playing dumb as to trespassing, they are already doing this........and have for years. I am ABSOLUTELY not in favor of it.
    Last edited by okbob; 10-30-2015 at 06:31 AM.

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