• Game warden: Oklahoma hunters skipping license fees could cost department millions

    By: Mallory Thomas


    TULSA, Okla. - Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife said they are seeing more hunters take game without paying properly.

    A Tulsa County game warden told FOX23 that hunters who kill deer without reporting could be costing the department millions of dollars each year.

    "People are going out and buying their deer license and they'll go kill a deer and they'll get it home and they won't check it in so they can reuse the license and save $20," said Game Warden Brandon Fulton.

    In addition to losing money, inaccurate reporting means the department can't keep track of the number of deer killed each season.

    "The Department of Wildlife is funded by license only. We don't receive a state tax," Fulton said.

    Fulton encourages people to report anything suspicious they see.

    "The majority of our sportsmen are sportsmen. These people aren't sportsmen. So we need out sportsmen to team up with us," Fulton said.

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