Comment invited on hunting, fishing changes

Starting Dec. 3, sportsmen have the opportunity to voice their thoughts online on a list of Oklahoma hunting and fishing related rule change proposals.

Most notable is a proposal to change the structure of the combined season deer harvest limit to include no more than two antlered deer, with only one antlered deer allowed during deer muzzleloader and gun seasons combined. Another proposal would prohibit transporting live bait from one body of water to another in the state.

"This public comment period is an important opportunity to comment on items that could lead to changes in our hunting and fishing regulations," said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "We feel strongly that our constituents should have every chance to provide their comments, which is why we are providing an online comment form for those wanting to be heard on these specific subjects. We encourage you to provide your comments through anytime during the open comment period."

To view a complete listing of proposed rule changes or to complete an online comment form, log on to beginning Dec. 3. The online comment period will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013.

If comments cannot be made online, written comments will be accepted by mail until Jan. 11, 2013, at the Wildlife Department’s main office in Oklahoma City (P.O. Box 53465, OKC, OK 73152).

The Wildlife Department also will be hosting a public hearing on proposed rule changes at 7 p.m., Jan. 8 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters auditorium in Oklahoma City (1801 N. Lincoln Blvd).