Robert Robles, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield in Oklahoma, breaks down the power of Oklahoma game wardens, which is considerable. [Full Transcript Below Video]
Let me talk to you today about hunting laws in the state of Oklahoma. What are the powers of Oklahoma game wardens?
Well, there are many.
[Their] number-one power is that they are commissioned police officers in the state of Oklahoma, and they have super search powers. That is, under the open-fields provision of the evidence code, they can search any open field for crimes going on, such as poaching.
Oklahoma Game Wardens’ Jurisdiction
And in the event of searching for poaching violations, Oklahoma game wardens can come across fields with marijuana or other sorts of crimes going on. They have super jurisdiction because not only are they licensed as police officers in the state of Oklahoma, they are also licensed federal agents and deputized to carry out and to enforce the federal game laws, migratory acts, things of this nature in the United States.
Hunting and fishing laws are many and numerous, and they range from the certain number of shells you can have in your gun when you’re shooting migratory birds to two of a certain size of fish [taken] in certain lakes—all of which is covered in detail in our more extensive discussions here at U.S. LawShield.
The Oklahoma game wardens actively seek out interstate violations of game laws, and they have different interstate compacts where one state will inform the other state of violations, so that if you’re in Oklahoma and you break the law in another state related to fishing [or hunting], you can lose your license in the state of Oklahoma.