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Hunting in Oklahoma: 4 Invasive Species to Oklahoma and its Rules for Hunting Them

By    |   Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:16 PM

The state of Oklahoma is known for its hunting. There are more than two dozen open seasons for hunters to indulge in and a bevy of animals (large and small) to go after.

There are also a handful of invasive species that negatively impact the hunting environment in some form or fashion. These can be other animals, bacteria, or diseases of some kind. Certain invasive species have become problematic in Oklahoma. The website defenders.org outlines a few:
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  • Tamarisk - Otherwise known as a small shrub, the tamarisk seems harmless enough. However, the shrub displaces the natural habitat, thereby, affecting the natural environment which hunting is predicated on. If animals move on, perhaps to other states, it gravely affects the hunting situation in Oklahoma.
  • Chinese Bush Clover - This type of legume essentially does the same kind of damage as the tamarisk by causing the inadvertent shift of the natural habitat.
  • Musk Thistle - The musk thistle is essentially a weed that outgrows the native vegetation. The result is the same as the tamarisk and Chinese bush clover.
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Meanwhile, another species, this one much bigger, also threatens to damage the delicate balance of hunting areas in Oklahoma:
  • Wild Boar - As outlined by invasivespeciesinfo.gov, this animal “damages native plants and crops and competes with native species.”  While boar (otherwise known as feral pigs) do not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, there does appear to be a way to, at least, combat them. This is, of course, by hunting them. As stated on the state of Oklahoma's agriculture website, there are no regulations against hunting this species. Visitors to the site are advised to contact either the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation or a local game warden for guidelines on hunting them.
Outdoor sports enthusiasts should not allow invasive species to ruin perfectly good hunting. Clearly, there are plenty of gaming options available, particularly, in the state of Oklahoma. The weather is often fine, the hunting is bountiful, and the state of is a welcoming one for all outdoor enthusiasts.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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