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Deadline nears to comment on proposed regulation changes

From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- Sportsmen have the opportunity to voice their thoughts online now through Jan. 13 regarding hunting and fishing related rule change proposals currently under consideration.

Proposed rule changes are often considered to increase opportunity for sportsmen and improve wildlife conservation measures.

"This is an opportunity to discuss items that could lead to changes in our hunting and fishing regulations," said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Department of Wildlife Conservation. "We encourage residents to provide comments online anytime before 4:30 p.m., Jan. 13."

Written comments can also be made by mailing to the Wildlife Departmentís main office at P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.

To view a complete listing of proposed rule changes or to complete an online comment form, visit http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/aboutodwc/public_meeting.htm.

Some of the proposed rule changes this year include making it unlawful to bait wildlife on wildlife management areas, changing bear archery season to Oct. 1 through the third Sunday in October and eliminating the quota for bear archery season, and establishing permanent rules for newly purchased wildlife management areas while altering certain rules on already established public lands.

The two public hearings regarding rule changes will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters auditorium at 1801 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, and at the Kiamichi Technology Center, 1509 South McKenna in Poteau. The town hall meeting will be held in Antlers at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Antlers Wildlife Heritage Center, 610 Southwest D Street.

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