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Expo to Feature Outdoor and Wildlife-Related Activities, Information

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The inaugural Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will be held Aug. 27 and 28, 2005 at the Lazy E Arena between Edmond and Guthrie on Seward Road east of Interstate 35 (exit 151). It will be a showcase of outdoor, wildlife-related opportunities available in Oklahoma. The Expo includes more than 100 activities and booths providing fun and education for the whole family. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is organizing the event, but they have many co-sponsors. The purpose for the Expo is to celebrate Oklahomas natural diversity and opportunities for sporting enthusiasts. The Expo should educate people about the importance of wildlife management to our quality of life, foster support for wildlife management and outdoor recreation and recruit future outdoor enthusiasts.

The Expo and its parking are free. Many prizes will be given away, including an ATV, nine lifetime hunting or fishing licenses and 32 annual hunting or fishing licenses. A free lifetime combination hunting and fishing license will be given away to one of the people who preregister online at www.wildlifedepartment.com and attend the Expo. Additional information about the Expo is available on this Web site.

A special hunter education course will be held the first day of the Expo. Expo hunter education course participants should complete home study course booklets or the online course (at the above Web site) prior to August 27. Then, they should register for the course at the Expo, complete the tasks at learning stations in the Expo and take the test at the Expo. Those who pass the test and satisfy the requirements receive their certification cards at the Expo. One lucky participant in the Expo course will win a free lifetime hunting and fishing license.