Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I am on the falconry regulation committee for the Oklahoma Falconer's Association and this past week we arranged a meeting with our wildlife department to discuss the new federal falconry regs and how they would be implemented in Oklahoma.  We have a great department with great people working for them and it looks like we are on track to be one of the first states in the U.S. to have the new regulations on January 1, 2010.  There is a awful lot that has to happen for it all to go through.  I will post some of the requirements here as I remember them so they may not be accurate to the tee, but here goes.

The new regulations have to be presented and approved by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and the Wildlife Commission.  They also have to go through public hearings in multiple different cities in the state.  The Governor has to sign off on the new regs.  It looks like we will have to have a couple of state statutes changed.  So that requires a bill being written by a state Senator and a House Representative and then that bill has to be approved by the state Senate and House.  Oklahoma's new regulation proposal has to be looked over by the USFWS to make sure that it is as restrictive or more restrictive than the Federal Falconry Regulations. The OK Wildlife Department also has to update their website to allow for Internet reporting of 3186-a, raptors trapped, bought, or transferred.  And I am sure that there are several more things that I am forgetting since I do not have my notes in front of me.  



This is quite the process, but to have the new regulations in place as soon as possible will be a great thing for all partys involved.  We are lucky in this state to have a willing and able Wildlife Department and a very involved and enthusiastic Falconry Club to help move us toward the new age of falconry in Oklahoma and to be a leader in this process for the rest of the country.


4 comments:

steveo_uk said...

You might want to get Congressman Dan Boren Involved, he's all about hunting.

steveo_uk said...

I forgot to add no chance of extending the bag limit for out of season Rabbits and Squirrels ?

Ryan said...

I'll check on Dan Boran but he is a in the US House so he might not be as much help as our state congressmen and we do have several of those on our side. As for the Rabbit and Squirrel. They have been addressed. For Rabbit you can hunt them year round now and that wont change but they weren't too willing to budge on the bag limits since we already have a year round season, but we are trying to get rid of a possession limit since falconers keep game to feed their birds during the off season. We have also tried to get the squirrel season changed to year round but for some strange reason the squirrel season is set in the State Statues (the only hunting season listed in there) so it will take changing the State Constitution to get that changed. But we are working on that. One other plus for some is the possibility for an extended Quail season for Falconers.

steveo_uk said...

That would be really good if we could get all of that changed. Keep u the good work!