Elk NetworkNew Oklahoma Access Program Off to Promising Start

General | May 22, 2018

The Oklahoma Land Access Program (OLAP), fresh of its first-ever season that began last September, enrolled 23 cooperators across Oklahoma in 2017-18. The sites provided 39,692 acres of public hunting access, 45 surface acres of fishing access and access to three miles of streams.

OLAP is funded through the Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentive Program of the 2014 Farm Bill. Landowners are now being sought to sign up for the coming season. Goals for 2018-19 include securing more public hunting access near the state’s large metro areas and beefing up OLAP properties in the southwestern part of the state, said Jeff Tibbits, wildlife biologist.

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(Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)