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Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

We manage and protect fish and wildlife, along with their habitats, while also growing our community of hunters and anglers, partnering with those who love the outdoors, and fostering stewardship with those who care for the land.

WHO WE ARE: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) with its 350 employees are responsible for managing Oklahoma’s fish and wildlife resources and habitat.

WHAT WE BELIEVE: The state’s fish and wildlife belong to all Oklahomans and should be managed so their populations will be sustained forever.

HOW WE ARE FUNDED: ODWC does not receive general state tax appropriations. License sales and federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program grant revenues are the main funding sources. Every license dollar spent by sportsmen in Oklahoma is used to fund ODWC’s user pay/public benefit conservation efforts.

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Who Pays for Wildlife in Oklahoma?

The agency receives no general tax revenues. For more information check out the Department’s annual report.

Sources of Income

The Department has an annual budget of about $61.5 million. The agency receives no general tax revenues. The bulk of Department income is generated from the sale of annual hunting and fishing licenses.

Funds received from:

  • Hunting and Fishing License Sales (44%)
  • Federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Grants (34 %)
  • Other Income (22%)
    • Agriculture and Oil Leases
    • Other Wildlife Sales (penalties and fines collected due to fish and game la

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  • As a hunter or angler, you do more for wildlife in Oklahoma than any other group when you purchase a hunting or fishing license. Your license dollars go directly to funding fish and wildlife conservation in Oklahoma, which makes it possible for all of us to enjoy a rich and thriving outdoor heritage. For that, we say thank you!

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