Bill that would open public lands for hunting guide operations goes to governor's desk
A bill that would direct the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to create a system for hunting guides to operate in public hunting areas narrowly passed the state House on Monday.
Senate Bill 566, by Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, and Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, would authorize the Wildlife Department to regulate and assess fees for hunting guides and outfitters in Oklahoma's public hunting areas, which historically have been off limits to for-profit operations.
The Legislature mandated in 2010 that fishing guides be licensed and listed by the Wildlife Department. There are no requirements to obtain the $90 license, although Coast Guard-certified guides can get the license for $20.