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75 Years of Conservation


Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Reaches Milestone

If you’ve ever purchased firearms or ammunition, bows, arrows, fishing lures, rods and reels, hunting or fishing licenses, or fueled up your boat – you’re part of the most successful effort to conserve fish and wildlife in America – the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. This program has helped to save millions of acres of habitat and significantly increased many wildlife populations, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the WSFR program.

Here is how the process works. Hunters, anglers and outdoors-enthusiasts purchase items related to the outdoors such as guns, ammunition, fishing poles, boats and fuel. The federal government collects a special kind of tax, called an excise tax, on these items, that it distributes back to the states based on several factors that include the number of licensed hunters and anglers in the state.

Every time an Oklahoman buys a license, they support important conservation projects like increasing hunting access or installing boat ramps.

Over the last 75 years, this process has made lasting positive changes for the wildlife, fish and habitat in our state, and the future looks just as bright. Visit to join the celebration!

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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