Deer hunters making final preparations for upcoming deer gun season

Clean out the freezer, sight in your rifle and dig out the blaze orange, because the deer gun season is right around the corner. Running Nov. 20 through Dec. 5, the deer gun season is undoubtedly Oklahoma’s most popular hunting event and this year hunters have reason to be excited about the upcoming season.

“For the second year in a row hunters have the opportunity to hunt 16 days during the deer gun season and it looks like we’ll have another great season,” said Mike Shaw, wildlife research supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

More than 155,000 gun hunters took to the woods last fall, harvesting 63,100 deer. With good weather, hunters can again look forward to excellent opportunities to harvest a deer this fall.

Oklahomans must have an annual hunting or combination license, lifetime hunting or lifetime combination license, senior citizen hunting or senior citizen combination license or proof of exemption. In addition, hunters must possess a deer gun (antlered or antlerless) license for each deer hunted, or proof of exemption. Resident hunters under 18 years of age may purchase either the youth deer gun license or the regular deer gun license.

All nonresident deer hunters must possess a nonresident deer gun (antlered, antlerless or combo) license for each deer hunted or proof of exemption. Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing deer licenses. Nonresident deer hunters are exempt from purchasing an annual nonresident hunting license.

Hunters may take a total of two deer, which may include no more than one antlered deer and one antlerless deer. Antlerless deer may only be harvested on specified days in certain zones. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited during deer gun season. For antlerless deer hunt zones and dates open to antlerless hunting, pick up a copy of the “2004-05 Oklahoma Hunting Guide.”

Upon successfully harvesting a deer, all license holders, including lifetime license holders, must immediately attach their name and license number to the carcass. What the hunter attaches can be anything, as long as it contains the hunter's name and hunting license number and remains securely attached to the animal until it is checked at a hunter check station or with an authorized Wildlife Department employee.

Annual license holders, upon harvesting a deer, must complete the Record of Game section on the back of the universal license. The information must be recorded on the license form prior to moving or field dressing the animal. To do this they must tear out one of the notches on the license and print in ink the time, date, type of game and method of harvest on the notched line in the appropriate columns. Lifetime license holders are not required to complete the Record of Game section on the back of the universal license.

All successful hunters must check their deer at the nearest hunter check station. A county by county listing of hunter check stations is provided in this year's hunting guide and the most up-to-date check station listing is available at

Deer gun hunters should always remember to keep safety the first priority. All deer gun hunters must conspicuously wear both a head covering and an outer garment above the waistline, consisting of daylight fluorescent orange color totaling at least 400 square inches. Camo-fluorescent orange is legal, if the total orange meets or exceeds the required 400 square inches.

Hunting hours during deer gun season are one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

For additional regulations, antlerless zones, check station locations, season dates and a wealth of other information be sure to pick up a copy of the “2004-05 Oklahoma Hunting Guide" available at all license dealer locations or log on to the Department's Web site at

The Wildlife Department is continuing to monitor the state’s deer herd for chronic wasting disease (CWD) as it has since 1999. To date, all of the 2,638 deer sampled statewide have tested negative for the disease. However, ODWC biologists will sample an additional 2,000 deer during this year’s deer hunting seasons.


Hackberry Flat named one of the top 25 waterfowling destinations in the country

There are quite a few places to go waterfowl hunting in the United States, but it is no surprise that the Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma was named as one of the top 25 public land hotspots.

Featured in the November issued of “Field and Stream” magazine, the article entitled “Great American Duck Hunts” calls Hackberry Flat a “magnet for waterfowl.”

Hackberry Flat located near Frederick, encompasses over 7,000 acres of prime migratory bird habitat. The area provides plenty of fast paced action for dove hunters in early fall, holds thousands of ducks, geese and sandhill cranes in the winter, and also serves as important nesting habitat for a wide range of shorebirds.

“The cover is wide open and the pools are small and shallow. It’s a great place for walk-in and sneak-boat hunters,” writes author Philip Bourjaily.

The 3,700 acre wetland development unit consists of a variety of plants such as millet, sedges, and smartweed, and some agriculture fields. Most water in wetland units comes from rainfall runoff, however, approximately 90 water control structures, a large water reservoir, and 25 wetland units have been constructed to provide wetland wildlife habitat throughout the year.

A designated primitive camping area is offered on the area.  Both lodging and restaurants are available in Frederick.  The Frederick Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 335-2126.

For more information about Hackberry Flat call the Wildlife Department’s area manager at (580) 335-5262.


Spread of cedar trees harmful to state’s wildlife

Mike Sams doesn’t much like cedar trees.

“There’s just not much good you can say about them,” said Sams, the upland game bird biologist and quail program coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

Sams doesn’t have anything against trees in general, it’s just that he has seen first hand how the invasive Eastern red cedar has been a detriment to wildlife habitat across the state.

“Infestation of cedar is perhaps the best example of how Oklahoma’s landscape has changed due to factors like urbanization and fire suppression,” Sams said. “In the 1950's cedars had taken over 1.5 million acres and today Eastern red cedars have invaded approximately 10 million acres of rangeland.”

According to Sams when cedar trees encroach on prairie habitat, bobwhite quail populations tend to decline.

Dr. David Engle, professor of rangeland resources at Oklahoma State University, agrees that cedars can have a whole host of negative impacts, particularly due to their risk of fire wildfires in rural and suburban settings. Cedar invasions can also be quite harmful to grassland bird species. Many of Oklahoma’s grassland bird species are declining at a rate greater than bobwhite quail.

“In studies we have seen that as little as 25 percent coverage of Eastern red cedars can essentially eliminate most bird species that are dependent on grassland habitats,” Engle said. “In Oklahoma we have gone from a grassland invasion of cedars to a grassland conversion to cedars.”

The two men certainly agree on the severity of the problem and they also agree on the solution.

“Cedar control is an important part of a land management plan for both wildlife and livestock,” Sams said. “It sounds simple, but the sooner you start to get a hold of the problem the better. Prescribed fire is one of the best and most efficient methods of not only removal of existing cedar trees but also to control the spread of new saplings. Mechanical removal is also a good option where the cedars have grown too large to be killed by prescribed fire.”

Landowners can receive technical assistance and may qualify for financial incentives for removing cedar trees. Those who would like more information about their cedar control options should contact a regional biologist by calling (405) 521-2739. Landowners can also contact their county's Natural Resource Conservation agent for more information.


Grant awards to assist endangered bats

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission authorized the Wildlife Department to pursue purchasing 1,200 acres in Adair County that will not only protect two endangered bat species, but also provide additional public hunting opportunities.

Thanks to a grant from the federal Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, the property may be purchased to protect habitat for the federally endangered Ozark big-eared bat and gray bat.

Funded through the Endangered Species Act, the $469,083 grant will enable the Department to work with willing landowners to initiate conservation planning efforts and acquire habitat to support the conservation of these rare bats without any direct costs to the Department. The property adjoins the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge and will be operated in cooperation with refuge personnel.

The hardwood forests and the many caves in the area will provide critical foraging and brood-rearing habitat for the bats. The area will also provide increased recreation opportunity for hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts. The state of Arkansas is also cooperating in the effort to conserve these species and will be purchasing complementing lands in Arkansas.

An additional $80,500 in grants was also provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fund ongoing research projects on endangered species in the state including the red cockaded woodpecker, the black-capped vireo and a freshwater mussel found in the Kiamichi River.

In other business, Commissioners approved matching federal funds to be used for habitat management projects on nine wildlife management areas around the state as well as an elk research project near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. About $150,000 of federal Wildlife Restoration Funds will be matched with the donations from the National Wild Turkey Federation ($34,921), the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ($13,333), and the One-Shot Antelope Foundation ($4,023).

Commissioners also heard a presentation on the wildlife crime scene training that 16 state game wardens will be receiving before the start of the deer gun season.

“This training will give our officers many of the same tools used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Forensic Laboratory,” said David Deckard, law enforcement training coordinator for the Wildlife Department. “This will greatly increase our ability to track down and prosecute poachers, which means better recreational opportunities for law-abiding sportsmen.”

New computer software and testing methods will allow state game wardens to quickly determine a deer’s time of death to within an accuracy standard of just a few minutes. Officers will also receive training on collecting sophisticated crime scene evidence.

In other business, the Commission recognized Bill Jackson of Pawhuska for his 20 consecutive years as president of the First Oklahoma Trappers and Predator Callers Association. Jackson worked tirelessly to keep interest in fur harvest high as fur prices went down in the 1980s. He also coordinated one of the state’s largest annual fur auctions as well as promoted education for new and novice trappers.

“Bill has truly done great work for the sportsmen and trappers of the state and we just can’t thank him enough,” said Commissioner Lewis Stiles.

Also at their November meeting, Commissioners recognized four Department employees for their service to the sportsmen of the state. Law Enforcement Chief John Streich has served with the Department for 35 years. Streich took the opportunity to inform the commission of his retirement effective Jan. 31, 2005. Steve Spade, hatchery supervisor, was recognized for his 25 years of service. Spade oversees the Wildlife Department’s three hatcheries which produce approximately 11 million fish each year. Also recognized were Loren Damron, state game warden supervisor stationed in Roger Mills County for his 30 years of service and Roy Roundtree, state game warden stationed in Murray County for his 20 years of service.

The Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Wildlife Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department, and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

The Commission approved dates for the 2005 Wildlife Conservation Commission meetings. Meetings are scheduled for: Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 5, Aug. 1, Sept 6, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

The next scheduled Commission meeting is December 6 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters (auditorium), at the southwest corner of 18th and North Lincoln, Oklahoma City at 9:00 a.m.




Conservation organizations support habitat work on public hunting areas

Habitat management on public lands recently got a big boost thanks to a trio of conservation organizations.

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission recently approved matching federal funds to be used for habitat management projects on nine wildlife management areas around the state as well as an elk research project near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. About $150,000 of federal Wildlife Restoration Funds will be matched with the donations from the National Wild Turkey Federation ($34,921), the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ($13,333), and the One-Shot Antelope Foundation ($4,023).

Following is a short summary of the habitat projects:

Atoka Wildlife Management Area. Aerial application of granular herbicide will be used to set back woody succession and encourage grasses and forbs. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $4,000 to the project.

Beaver River Wildlife Management Area. A water well will be drilled, along with a solar water pump, to provide water for wildlife in this often arid region. The One Shot Antelope Foundation will be donating $4,023 to the project.

Cherokee Wildlife Management Area. Small openings in dense forest will be created for use by turkeys, deer and other animals. Additionally, several wildlife watering areas will be created on the area. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $5,250 to the project.

Oologah Wildlife Management Area. Fireguards will be constructed on the WMA to allow for prescribed burning. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $4,000 to the project.

Love Valley Wildlife Management Area. Fireguards will be created for prescribed burning. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $3,000 to the project.

Packsaddle and Ellis County wildlife management areas. Cedars will be removed along riparian zones to increase quality turkey roosting habitat and to slow the spread of Eastern red cedars. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $5,000 to the project.

Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area. Aerial application of herbicides will be used to set back brush along road right-of-ways to promote grasses, forbs and legumes. The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will each be donating $4,800 to the project.

Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area. This project creates additional fireguards and provides funds for the purchase of prescribed burning equipment. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $4,000 to the project.

Southwest Oklahoma Elk Research. This ongoing project is studying the population characteristics of elk outside of the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Researchers will continue to place radio collars on cow elk to learn more about how elk use different habitat types during different times of the year. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will be donating $8,333 to the project.

Wildlife Department’s Southeast Region. A special aerial ignition device will be purchased for use in prescribed burns in the area. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating $4,871 to the project.


All totaled, these groups donated $52,078 and thanks to hunters this amount will be matched and increased three-fold to more than $200,000. This matching money comes from the Wildlife Restoration Program. Firearms, as well as bows and arrows and other outdoor-related equipment are subject to excise taxes, which help fund conservation efforts around the country. The Wildlife Restoration programs are tremendous examples of true partnerships between private industries, state governments, the federal government and hunters. The federal government collects these taxes from manufacturers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and distributes the funds to the state fish and wildlife agencies. Hunters and shooters ultimately pay these taxes through the purchase of products. These same people benefit from the funds as states must spend the money on wildlife habitat restoration/development, population management, user access and facilities and education.

A similar program is in place for anglers and boaters called the Sportfish Restoration Program. Together, these two programs supply funds that are used by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for a wide range of important activities, including the purchase and maintenance of wildlife management areas, construction of fish hatcheries, research laboratories and user facilities, surveying and managing fish and wildlife populations, training volunteer instructors and educating young hunters and anglers in safe firearms handling, water safety, fish and wildlife resources and ethics afield. Other uses for the funds development of fish and wildlife habitat and the creation of boating and fishing access facilities.




Free replacement hunter education cards offered at

Hunters who may have misplaced their lost hunter education cards have a quick and easy solution available at They can obtain a replacement card which can be used to purchase a deer license by logging onto the Department's Web site.

"I often hear a sigh of relief when I tell hunters they can just print off a replacement card for free off the internet 24-hours a day," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

To print off a temporary card, go to the Department’s home page ( and click on Hunter Education. On that page click on “lost your card or need your number.” Once on the Hunter Education page, individuals can click on, “print off replacement hunter ed card.” Follow the directions by filling in the requested information; then clicking 'submit' and the card should appear on the screen.

"Hunters can print the card out and use it to get their licenses. It will be accepted by license vendors across the state and in other states as well. The information can also be useful if you want to request a permanent replacement card," Meek said.

If a card does not come up, the hunter can contact the Department's Information and Education Division at (405) 521-4636, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Department personnel will check the hunter education database to find a hunter’s certification record. Those wanting a permanent plastic replacement card can receive one for $5 (check, cash, money orders or cashiers checks accepted) by visiting the Department's Oklahoma City headquarters or submitting a letter to: Attn: Replacement Hunter Education Card, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.

Letters must contain the hunter's name as it appeared on the original card, current address, birth date and student number if known. Those who do not know their student number should provide the date and location for the course they attended. They should also include a daytime phone number so additional information can be obtained if needed.

State record Blue Cat caught at Lake Texoma

A Madill man caught a 98-pound blue catfish Nov. 11 on Lake Texoma, breaking the previous state record by more than 10 pounds.

BJ Nabors, who was only on his second catfishing trip with his father-in-law and two other anglers, caught the record fish around 8 p.m. while fishing from the bank with whole shad.

“I enjoy fishing for bass and crappie, but hadn’t gone catfishing much,” said Nabors. “I guess you could say I was just along for the ride. I’m sure I’ll go back. I’m hooked now.”

Nabors was using a 12-foot Eagle Claw fishing pole and a Shakespeare spinning reel spooled with 20-pound test Stren. The angler wrestled with the fish for several minutes before beaching it.

“I was holdin’ on pretty good,” he said. “We actually had two fish on at once. I held on for what seemed like forever, but it was probably only 10 or 15 minutes.”

The 54 and 1/2-inch long fish had a 39 and 1/2-inch girth and came from an area of Lake Texoma locally known as “Murray 23,” located in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. The fishing hole is a noted blue catfish hotspot, with the winter months being the primary time of year when serious anglers pursue the large blue cats.

Oklahoma’s previous blue catfish record was set only last year, also in Lake Texoma. That fish weighed in at a little over 87 pounds and was caught in March. Nabors said that at first he wasn’t aware the fish was a potential state record.

“We had absolutely no clue it was a state record,” he said. “We had some 100-pound scales and when it bottomed those out, we started looking for some certified scales.”

Fisheries personnel with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation brought portable certified scales to the lake and after verifying it as a state record, transported the fish to a local fish hatchery. It has since been transported to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks where it will be displayed following a brief quarantine.



Hunters sharing their harvest

Last year Oklahoma hunters donated 42,000 pounds of venison, that’s 21 tons, to the Hunters Against Hunger program. That’s a lot of meat, in fact, it is enough to provide meals for 170,000 people. The program, co-sponsored by Nature Works Inc. and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, facilitates the distribution of deer meat to hungry families in the state.

“We really appreciate the generous donations from hunters and meat processors around the state," said Sally White, programs director for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. "We’ve already had around 1,500 pounds of venison donated this year. This meat is distributed almost immediately to hungry families and I know it is greatly appreciated.”

Hunters who legally harvest a deer during this year's deer seasons can simply deliver the deer to the nearest participating meat processor after checking the deer at a hunter check station. To help with processing charges, each donor is requested to contribute a tax-deductible $10 to assist with the program. The ground venison will then be distributed to the needy through a network of qualified, charitable organizations.

To find out more about the Hunters Against Hunger Program, or for a list of cooperating meat processors, check out page 24 of the “2004-05 Oklahoma Hunting Guide."

Pheasant hunters anticipate another good season

Pheasant season opens December 1 from northcentral Oklahoma all the way through the panhandle. For many, there is no better way to spend a day than to roam the rolling hills of northwest Oklahoma hunting the colorful birds.

Populations of the popular game birds appear to be in good shape going into the season, according to Steve Conrady, northwest senior biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for the northwest part of the state.

“We had a few isolated spring hail storms that affected brood survival in a few areas, but overall pheasant numbers are increasing over the past five years,” Conrady said.

According to Conrady, there are several other factors that can be attributed to the increase in pheasant populations in the northwest.

“Over the past 10 years we have seen an increase in the diversity of crops, an increase in no-till farming practices and an increase in the acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. Along with favorable weather, I think these are the four main reasons we have enjoyed a rise in pheasant numbers,” Conrady said.

Panhandle pheasant hunters also have plenty to look forward to.

“We had a good hatch and I think the pheasant numbers will be real comparable to last year or even slightly higher,” said Danny Watson, wildlife biologist at Beaver River, Optima and Rita Blanca wildlife management areas.

According to Watson, hunters will have the best success by keying in on areas that are part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), particularly those near milo fields. Additionally, brushy fencerows and the corners of irrigated crop fields are likely places to find pheasants. Both Watson and Conrady emphasized the importance of obtaining landowner permission prior to hunting.

The season runs December 1 through January 31, 2005, and hunters should consult the “2004-05 Oklahoma Hunting Guide” for open zones and wildlife management areas. The daily bag limit for pheasants is two cocks, with a possession limit of four after the first day and six after the second day. Pheasant hunters should note that legal shooting hours are sunrise to sunset, except on some wildlife management areas. Evidence of sex (head or one foot) must remain on the bird until it reaches its final destination. When the deer gun and the special antlerless deer seasons (in open zones) overlap with pheasant season, all pheasant hunters must wear either a hunter orange cap or vest.

Before going afield, be sure to pick up a copy of the “2004-05 Oklahoma Hunting Guide,” available at all hunting and fishing license dealers or log onto


2005 wildlife calendar now available

Between hunting, fishing and just getting outside - there is plenty to do on the prairies and lakes of the state. So you better have a good calendar to keep track of all these activities. The November/December 2004 calendar issue of “Outdoor Oklahoma,” is just perfect for the task.

The calendar not only showcases award-winning color photography of the state’s most scenic landscapes and wildlife, but each month also includes suggested habitat management practices, along with interesting fish and wildlife notes.

“Hunters and anglers are usually in tune with the seasons so it’s only appropriate that they have a calendar suited for them. The calendar can also be a great tool for landowners to learn of various management practices that will improve habitat on their properties,” said David Warren, chief of information and education for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Warren added that the current issue is more than just a calendar. The magazine profiles several Oklahoma landowners and details their successful efforts to balance wildlife and agriculture priorities. The issue also includes information on how to get involved in the state’s 2005 Winter Bird Survey.

“The calendar issue would be a great gift for family and friends who enjoy the outdoors. Individual issues are $4 by mail and subscriptions for a full year are just $10,” Warren added.

To obtain the calendar issue mail $4 (check, cash, money orders or cashiers check accepted) addressed to “Outdoor Oklahoma” magazine, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Subscriptions for one-year ($10), two-years ($18) or three-years ($25) are available by calling 1-800-777-0019. Additionally, you can subscribe over the Internet by logging on to the Department’s Web site at





Hearty home-style venison recipes can satisfy any appetite

If you’re one of the thousands of Oklahomans who successfully harvested a deer during the opening days of deer gun season, you may now be hunting for just the right recipe.

Venison offers hunters and their families many meals of lean, high-protein meat that is 100-percent natural, with no additives or preservatives. Preparing and eating wild game with friends and family is an essential part of the hunting experience. Many hunters say that consuming harvested game gives them a deeper respect and reverence for that animal.

There are literally hundreds of recipes for venison that can be found in cookbooks or on the Internet. The following are a few recipes you can try this winter or just let your culinary imagination run wild.


Venison Hobo Dinner

Take a 12" square piece of foil. Put venison patties (about the size of a hamburger patties) on middle of foil. Pull up sides of foil to form a bag. Add 1/4 inch slices of potatoes to top of meat, then add onion slices, put about a teaspoon of butter and 1/8 cup of water in foil. Close foil and put in hot charcoaler for about 20-30 minutes. Or you can cook at 350 degrees in an oven for about the same time. Add other vegetables if desired.

Hearty Venison Stew

2 1/2-3 lbs. venison stew meat cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 cup flour

3 tsp. paprika

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs. butter

2 med. onions, chopped

2 cubed potatoes

2 cloves garlic

1-11 oz. can stewed tomatoes or 1 can tomato sauce

1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature

1/2 cup water

Shake meat cubes in plastic bag with the flour, paprika, salt and pepper. In Dutch oven, melt butter and sauté coated venison cubes until browned. Remove cubes to warm dish and in the same Dutch oven, sauté onions and garlic with 2 tbs paprika until soft. Then add tomatoes and water. Add browned venison cubes and simmer over low heat until meat is tender (45 min-1.5 hours). Just before serving, stir in 1/2 c sour cream. Serve with egg noodles or rice.

Sunday Deer Roast

Venison roast (1-3 lbs.)

3-4 potatoes - cut into chunks

3 sliced carrots

1 sliced bell pepper

black pepper to taste

garlic powder to taste

1 tbs. flour

1/2 cup of water

Arrange ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours on high for four to six hours or until meat is tender.




“Your Side of the Fence” newsletter available free to landowners

When it comes to managing your property, whether it be for wildlife, agriculture or both, there is certainly a lot of decisions to be made. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is providing landowners the information they need to make wise land management decisions through the “Your Side of the Fence” landowner newsletter.

Since approximately 97 percent of the land in the state is owned by private individuals, private landowners have a major impact on wildlife habitat in the state. The land practices they choose are vital in conserving habitat and wildlife resources.

“We hope this newsletter will be a great resource for landowners who have an eye on the bottom line, but also realize the importance of conserving wildlife on their property,” said Blake Podhajsky, editor of the “Your Side of the Fence” newsletter.

Each issue of “Your Side of the Fence” is packed with informative articles covering issues that are important to landowners, from the latest farm bill news, to pond management for fishing to controlling invasive range species. The best part is that the newsletter is absolutely free.

The newsletter is produced three times a year and an archive of all previous issues can be seen by logging on to the Department’s Web site at

For more information about “Your Side of the Fence,” or to subscribe call, (405) 521-2739 or write to:

Your Side of the Fence

Attn: Editor

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

P.O. Box 53465

Oklahoma City, OK 73152