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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing regulations for 2016.

USFWS/Ryan Hagarty

USFWS/Ryan Hagarty

Suggested rule changes include:

  • Eliminating the catch and release only requirement for largemouth bass on American Horse Lake.
  • Formalizing rules for shooting ranges on wildlife management areas.
  • Changing the turkey hunting hours to end at 7 p.m. instead of at sundown in many wildlife management areas including Black Kettle, Altus-Lugert, Cooper, Ellis County , Fort Supply, Optima, Packsaddle, Rita Blanca, Sandy Sanders and Beaver River.

Review all of the proposed rule changes online here.

The public can attend a hearing on the proposed regulations changes Jan. 5 at the ODWC headquarters located at 2145 NE 36th St. in Oklahoma City. Public comments can be submitted online or mailed to the agency by Jan.8.