Governor Brad Henry Approves Hunting Along Lower Illinois River

Monday, October 9th 2006, 3:42 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Governor Brad Henry Monday approved emergency rules to open up hunting for roughly 320 acres along the Lower Illinois River.

The rules had been submitted by the state Wildlife Conservation Commission to allow hunting in the state's newest wildlife management area.

The area is located in Sequoyah County between Lake Tenkiller and the town of Gore.

The state Department of Wildlife Conservation tapped several funding sources to purchase the land. Part of the funds came from Hunting and Fishing Legacy Permits, a program signed into law in 2004.

Fishing in the area is already allowed. The emergency rules enable hunting only by archery and shotgun hunting with small pellets.