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A simple “thank you” cannot express the extent of appreciation for those who go above and beyond to lend a hand. Such is the case with the many groups that have become invaluable Partners in Conservation for Oklahoma’s tremendous natural resources. The Wildlife Department, and the sportsmen of the state, are blessed by these quality organizations that have made significant contributions to wildlife management in Oklahoma. Partners listed here contributed at least $5,000 in 2014.

The Wildlife Department also extends sincere gratitude to the many other groups and individuals who provide support through monetary gifts or in-kind products and services in support of all Department activities. This list does not include our partners who contribute to the Department’s Wildlife Expo. Thank you, partners!

  • David and Patricia Donoley, founders of Arkansas – Oklahoma Railroad for support of wildlife law enforcement nighttime aerial surveillance efforts in southeast Oklahoma, WMA improvements and Wildlife Youth Camp.
  • Quail Forever Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter for supporting management projects on WMAs focused on habitat enhancement. Donations have included the funding of as many as 12,500 sand plum seedlings for Cross Timbers WMA.
  • National Wild Turkey Federation for support of habitat enhancement on public and private lands statewide (including several WMAs open to public hunting), plus major support for ODWC outdoor educations programs.
  • Natureworks for projects at Spavinaw WMA and Chouteau Wetland Development Unit.
  • Oklahoma City Zoological Park, Oklahoma Zoological Society and Botanical Garden for conservation field study projects and to help with expenses for various projects.
  • Apache Corp for an ecological systems mapping project.
  • Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association for an ecological systems mapping project.
  • Oklahoma Station Chapter of Safari Club International for its support of the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and Hunters Against Hunger Program.
  • Shikar-Safari Club International for providing a grant to the Special Investigations Unit of the ODWC Law Enforcement Division.
  • Mary Kathryn Stewart Estate for support of conservation operations. Mary Kathryn Stewart worked in the Wildlife Department’s License Section for 34 years, starting 1951.
  • Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA, for their support of the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and state tournament shooting events.
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for its support of habitat work on WMAs open to public hunting.

Do You Care About Wildlife?

Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a program of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation designed specifically to stop illegal killing of the fish and game which belong to you, whether you’re an angler, sportsman or outdoor enthusiast. It’s a big problem with no simple solution. Help from public sportsmen and sportswomen makes all the difference.

Here’s why:

  • One day before the opening of a recent deer season, two poachers killed four whitetail bucks.
  • Late one summer night, three men steered their boat across a state reservoir, stopped at their illegal net site and hauled in a load of striped bass and other open-water fish they could sell for $1 a pound on the commercial market.

In each of these examples, you were the loser. You lost hunting and fishing opportunities or the chance to view wildlife in their natural surroundings. At the same time, law-abiding sportsmen received a bad reputation from those who fail to distinguish between legal and illegal hunting. OGT is something everyone can do to help wildlife and help us apprehend the poachers.

The OGT toll-free phone number is (800) 522-8039.
Callers can remain anonymous.

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Many partners join efforts to improve future of fishing

Much of the conservation and enhancement work in Oklahoma would not be possible without the vital support of our various partners and supporters. The Wildlife Department, and in turn you as a sportsman, are fortunate to have quality organizations that have made significant contributions to fisheries management in Oklahoma. These organizations are featured on our website at

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