Ownbey's poaching bill signed into law

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

OKLAHOMA CITY - Penalties for poaching on private land in Oklahom are going up, thanks to a new law signed today written by local State Representative Pat Ownbey.

The law states poachers will lose their hunting and fishing licenses for repeated violations. The fine for first-time offenders varies from $500-$1,500. Punishment for a second offense would be $1,500-$2,500 or six months in a county jail.

The law also removes a requirement that property owners post a 'No Hunting' or 'No Fishing' sign.

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  • by Joey Location: Denison on May 9, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    Does this mean I'll have to have my eggs fried or scrambled from now on? What part of the Constitution allows this? I know for a fact that most of our founders enjoyed eggs benedict, and would find any anti-poaching bill an affront to their sophisticated palletes. Don't ya just love how the focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, and drill baby drill, has taken a back seat to the new #1 priority, poaching? Perhaps what we need is a Defense of Breakfast Act. Better yet, a constitutional amendment.
  • by Buck on May 9, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    Now if we can only get enough enforcement to follow through with this new law. I can't even get a game warden to drive by my lease, even when I call to report a trespasser or poacher.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    I totally agree with this bill, but aren't there bigger things to worry about right now???
  • by Jack on May 9, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    This is one of the few decent bills to come out of our state legislature this year.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    The greatest test for the success of this law will be in southeastern Oklahoma......lotsa luck with that!
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