Rep. Ownbey's poaching bill heads to Okla. Governor

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

ARDMORE, OK--A new bill to prevent poaching in Oklahoma is on its way to the Governor's desk.

House Bill 2573 left the house yesterday and increases the fine for poaching to a minimum fine of $ 500 and a maximum of $1,500, a drastic difference from the current $50 poaching fine .

The fine can go up to $ 2,500 for second time offenders who also could face 6 months of jail time. The bill mandates that repeat offenders could lose their hunting and fishing license for up to ten years.


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  • by JT Location: Oklahoma on May 3, 2012 at 02:37 PM
    I could not be more happier for more harsh penalties for poaching. It is idiotic and it ruins the sport of hunting for everyone that does it legally. I hope to hear of more game wardens being hired in SE Oklahoma so they can actually help enforce the laws.
  • by Tony Location: Durant on May 3, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Just beat them to a pulp...they usually don't come back...if they do...shoot them.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    This legislation is a much needed gesture, but unfortunately, it does'nt increase the odds of being caught, especially in southeastern Oklahoma. Good luck with that..........
  • by Steve Location: Denison on May 3, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    HAS ANYONE FIGURED OUT WHY THEY KEPT RUNNING PICTURES OF HORSES DURING THE POACHING STORY?
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      by Jethro on May 3, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to Steve
      I noticed that too.
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