A simple "Thank You" can't express the extent of appreciation that is felt when someone goes above and beyond to lend a hand. And this is never more true than with the many groups that have become our invaluable partners in conserving Oklahoma's tremendous natural resources. The Wildlife Department , and in turn you as a sportsman, are blessed by these quality organizations that have made significant contributions to wildlife management in Oklahoma during the past year.
The Central Oklahoma Chapter and Woodward Covey Rise Chapters of Quail Forever are partners on a range of conservation efforts, including the purchase of burn equipment for use at Ouchita WMA and a mobile burn skid unit for the Department's Private Lands program
St. Mary's Catholic School
St. Mary's Catholic School donated has more than once donated funds to purchase archery equipment needed for a new school starting the Archery in the Schools Program. Schools across the country are discovering an exciting new program that hits the bullseye in meeting the physical education needs of their students. Through the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools (OKNASP) Program, students have the chance to excel today, tomorrow and throughout a lifetime in the unique sport of archery. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), of which OKNASP is a part, is a coordinated effort and partnership between schools, state wildlife agencies and the nation’s archery industry. In Oklahoma, OKNASP promotes physical education by providing target archery training to the state’s youth. Designed for 4th-12th graders, the curriculum covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.
The Spur Ranch purchased two 24-megapixel game cameras to assist surveillance efforts of the Wildlife Department's Law Enforcement Division District 1.
DJ's Fundraising donated these funds to the Wildlife Department's Stars & Stripes License Project, a program that uses donated funds to provided hunting and fishing licenses to select veterans and their family members.
Toby and Emily Thomas
This donation from Toby and Emily Thomas was an in-kind donation of a rebuilt airboat to be used by the Wildlife Department's Law Enforcement Division. The boat is used not only for normal game warden operations but also for special efforts such as when the ODWC sent game wardens to provide hurricane relief assistance in the Houston, Texas, area.
Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation
This donation from the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation covered 25 percent of the cost of rental equipment used to make improvements to the Evening Hole area of the Lower Mt. Fork River trout stream.
National Rifle Association
This donation from the National Rifle Association will help fund upcoming renovations to the shooting range at Lexington Wildlife Management Area. The renovated range will include covered shooting benches, backstop, target stands, side berms, a pipe fence, new walkway, parking, signs and lead management. This as well as other renovated or newly constructed ODWC shooting ranges will be ADA compliant. Our sincere thanks to the NRA for participating in this project.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has long been an important sponsor of the conservation in Oklahoma. This donation includes $12,250 for firebreak maintenance at Cherokee WMA and $10,250 for habitat management at Cookson WMA.
National Wild Turkey Federation
These funds from the National Wild Turkey Federation are part of a FY2017 super fund donation of nearly $150,000 to help fund a wide range of conservation efforts and needs across the state of Oklahoma. Over $100,000 of that goes toward ODWC efforts, including $40,000 toward habitat projects and equipment for Wildlife Management Areas like Black Kettle, Pushmataha, Packsaddle, Cherokee, Cookson, Ellis County and others. Another $40,000 was designated to help the ODWC with land acquisition efforts. Additionally, portions of these grant funds support the ODWC's National Archery in the Schools and Scholastic Shooting Sports programs ($10,000 toward each).
The Corrigan-Goddard Foundation
The Corrigan-Goddard Foundation donated $20,000 to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Law Enforcement Division.