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New Land Access Permits will initially be free to sportsmen

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Oklahoma sportsmen soon will have more places to hunt as the Wildlife Department will be leasing private land in the state with money provided from a federal grant. State wildlife officials are looking to increase public hunting opportunities for pheasant and stream fishing for smallmouth bass, pursuits that are mostly available only on private land in Oklahoma. The properties enrolled in the Oklahoma Land Access Program will open to the public on Sept. 1. [PHOTO BY ED GODFREY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Oklahoma sportsmen soon will have more places to hunt as the Wildlife Department will be leasing private land in the state with money provided from a federal grant. State wildlife officials are looking to increase public hunting opportunities for pheasant and stream fishing for smallmouth bass, pursuits that are mostly available only on private land in Oklahoma. The properties enrolled in the Oklahoma Land Access Program will open to the public on Sept. 1. [PHOTO BY ED GODFREY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Sportsmen and women will not be charged, at least in the beginning, for Oklahoma Land Access permits, which will give them access to new properties in the state for recreational use beginning Sept. 1.

A story on the Land Access Program, where the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will use a $2.62 million federal grant to lease private land in the state for hunting, fishing and/or wildlife viewing, was featured last Sunday in The Oklahoman.

It was reported a fee would be charged for the permits, but Alan Peoples, chief of the wildlife division for the Wildlife Department, said the permits initially will be free to everyone.

A fee may be charged in the future, however, if the Wildlife Department does not receive additional grant money for the program, he said.

Nature, wildlife photographer to showcase work

Award-winning nature and wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will be giving a presentation Jan. 30 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Education and Training Center.

The center is on the south side of Arcadia Lake in Edmond. The workshop will be from 7 until 9 p.m.

Ulrich will be showing some of his photography from his travels in 2016 across North America and be available to answer questions.

The event is free and sponsored by the Nature Photography Group of Oklahoma City and the Friends of the Martin Park Nature Center.

Wildlife tour rescheduled for refuge, state park

Washita National Wildlife Refuge and Foss State Park will host its annual wildlife tour on Saturday.

The tour was originally scheduled last Saturday but postponed due to the weather.

The tour is free and will begin at 9 a.m. at Foss State Park headquarters located on the south end of Foss Dam. A wheelchair-accessible tour bus will shuttle visitors around the refuge and park in search of eagles and other wildlife, wrapping up with a bison viewing.

For more information, call the refuge office at (580) 664-2205.

Edmond DU banquet scheduled Feb. 4

The Edmond Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have its annual banquet Feb. 4 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be an auction along with a raffle and games. A lifetime hunting/fishing license will be given away to a greenwing.

For ticket information, call Greg Golden at 641-0634, David Greenberg at 274-4851 or Stephen Cooley 707-2106. Or contact okducks@aol.com.

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