Hunters can now log on to the all new wildlifedepartment.com to view the newest version of the “Oklahoma Hunting Guide,” which provides regulations for the 2011-12 hunting seasons.

The 62-page full-color guide, produced by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, also features a wide range of hunting-related articles and other helpful information, such as sunrise/sunset tables, game meat processors, game warden listings and detailed information on the state’s wildlife management areas.

“The redesigned Hunting Guide is an important publication for hunters, because it contains information on laws and regulations that hunters need to know,” said Ben Davis, information specialist and hunting guide coordinator for the Wildlife Department.

The free guide will also be available in printed form Aug. 1 anywhere hunting licenses are sold. Hunters who pick up a printed copy will notice a new look and feel.

“The 2011-2012 Oklahoma Hunting Guide looks different than it has in past years, because it is printed on higher-quality paper and has a magazine-style layout,” Davis said. “Publishing the guides in this way actually saved the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation money, meaning that the savings can support other conservation work around the state.”

To find the new “Oklahoma Hunting Guide” online, log on to wildlifedepartment.com and click on the “Laws & Regs” tab on the homepage. In addition to the most recent hunting and fishing guides, wildlifedepartment.com provides a comprehensive source of outdoor information relating to hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and other conservation topics. Sportsmen can also use the site to purchase hunting and fishing licenses and to access interactive topographical maps of of the state’s public hunting and fishing lands. Additionally, sportsmen can sign up online for a free weekly news release from the Wildlife Department that is sent directly to their e-mail inbox. The news release contains late-breaking outdoor-related information important to Oklahoma hunters and covers everything from upcoming hunting and fishing seasons and events to news about state records, wildlife management, public lands and more. The free news release also contains a weekly fishing report from lakes and other fisheries as well as seasonal reports on waterfowl activity across the state.

“We’re always striving to give sportsmen more and better information,” said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Wildlife Department. “When you combine the new ‘Oklahoma Hunting Guide’ with wildlifedepartment.com and the Department’s weekly e-mail news release, you’re going to get a lot of great information that is important for Oklahoma sportsmen to know. Plus, it’s all absolutely free.”

More information about the Wildlife Department is available by logging on to wildlifedepartment.com.

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