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.
Oklahoma Striped Bass Association
The Oklahoma Striped Bass Association made a donation to ODWC for purchasing equipment for the management, research or production of striped bass in the state of Oklahoma. Naturally reproducing populations of striped bass have developed in lakes Texoma and Keystone and in the Arkansas River Navigation System. Foss, Tenkiller, Canton, Great Salt Plains, Grand and Kaw lakes also have been stocked.
Oklahoma Station-Safari Club International
Oklahoma Station-Safari Club International has partnered with the ODWC for many years on many projects. Among them this year was a donation the ODWC Hunters Against Hunger Program, a cooperative program with your local processor, the Wildlife Department and YOU to provide high quality meals to Oklahoma’s hungry. Hunters who legally harvest a deer during any of this year’s deer seasons can donate the meat to feed hungry Oklahomans. The group has also supported the ODWC Stars & Stripes License Project that provides hunting and fishing licenses to veterans and qualified family members, and also to the ODWC's Law Enforcement Division.
Oklahoma Zoological Society
The Oklahoma Zoological Society donated these funds to be used thru the Wildlife Department's Wildlife Diversity Program for conservation projects in Oklahoma.
Two different Quail Forever Chapters each donated $2500.00 totalling $5,000.00. These donations are for quail habitat equipment and to improve nesting cover.
Quail Forever's donation helped purchase a trailer for the transport of tractor/equipment between Lexington and Grady County WMAs. The Grady County WMA is being managed with extra emphasis on quail, with prescribed fire and grazing to increase vegetational diversity and structure.
Quail Forever donated $5,000 to ODWC for the purchase of a skid steer loader and implements for the central regions Wildlife Management Areas. Wildlife Management Areas are lands owned, licensed, leased or under the management of the Wildlife Division. The primary objective on all lands owned or managed by the Department is the sound management and use of fish and wildlife resources.
St. Mary's Catholic School
St. Mary's Catholic School donated funds to be specifically designated 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.
DJ's Fundraising, INC
DJ's Fundraising donated $1,000.00 to the ODWC Shotgun Training and Education Program (STEP). The STEP program offers a broad range of learning opportunities for beginners as well as experienced hunters with special emphasis on teaching basic wing-shooting techniques and fundamentals. The program projects a positive image toward hunting and general acceptance of responsible gun ownership. Another important purpose for the program is the recruitment of new hunters for future interest in wildlife conservation and outdoor activities. In addition, the program exposes participants to the use of nontoxic shot to develop hunter confidence in lead-free shot shell alternatives.
Randy and Mary Wedel
Randy and Mary Wedel donated leftover fishing equipment from a building they purchased. The items donated will be used for the ODWC The Aquatic Resources Education Program (AREP). AREP promotes the sport of fishing and aquatic resource awareness as well as a way to give youth, an opportunity to learn about Oklahoma's aquatic environments and how to fish. The equipment donation is in the amount of $1400.00.
Whitetails of Oklahoma
This donation from Whitetails of Oklahoma was a contribution to the ODWC Wildlife Division.