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August 24, 2012

Free hunting days set for first weekend in September

Woodward, Okla. — OKLAHOMA CITY - Want to give hunting a try?

Or, if you're already an accomplished sportsman, maybe you just want to take someone along to expose them to the joy of the sport?

And how about doing it for free, without the necessity of getting a license?

Your chance comes on Sept. 1 and 2, days the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has set aside for the annual Free Hunting Days.

"Residents of Oklahoma do not have to have a hunting license on those days," said Lt. Mark Reichenberger, Woodward area game warden.

He said hunters also do not have to carry the annual Hunter Information Permit (HIP) during the free hunting days. Reichenberger said HIP are federally-mandated surveys of a person's hunting activity.

He said since so many people have obtained lifetime hunting licenses, federal wildlife officials needed a way to keep track of the count of wildlife killed.

The game warden said other hunting laws must be followed on the free days, and that information is available in the current "Oklahoma Hunting Guide," which is available free at wildlifedepartment.com or any place where licenses are sold. HIP documents are also available for free on the internet and where licenses are sold.

Dove and squirrel seasons are open during the hunting days and you can consult the Oklahoma Hunting guide for year-round opportunities, such as for coyotes.

As far as places to hunt, Woodward is one of the best for dove due to the wheat fields in the area that tend to draw the doves.

The daily limit of doves is 15, and officials said 3 types may be taken - mourning, white-winged and what are called fully-dressed Eurasian collared doves.

Contact Reichenberger for more information at (580) 334-0353.

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