Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
OK - State Game Warden.jpg
Patch of the Oklahoma State Game Wardens
Abbreviation ODWC
Agency overview
Formed July 3, 1956
Employees 325 unclassified
Annual budget $40 million
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Oklahoma, USA
Map of USA OK.svg
Map of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's jurisdiction.
Size 69,898 square miles (181,030 km2)
Population 3,642,361 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Headquarters 1801 N. Lincoln
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
  • Richard Hatcher, Director
Parent agency Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission
Department of Wildlife Conservation

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is an agency of the state of Oklahoma responsible for managing and protecting Oklahoma's wildlife population and their habitats. The Department is under the control of the Wildlife Conservation Commission, an 8-member board appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. All members serve eight-year terms. The Commission, in turn, appoints a Director to serve as the chief administrative officer of the Department.

The current Director of the Department of Wildlife Conservation is Richard Hatcher.

The Department was created in 1956 during the term of Governor Raymond D. Gary by an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution.


The Department was created in 1956 when the voters of Oklahoma approved State Question 374, which amended the Oklahoma Constitution by adding Article 26. The State Question was brought before the voters of the state through an initiative petition process.


The Department is overseen by the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment. Under Governor Mary Fallin, Michael Teague is serving as the Secretary.


  • Wildlife Conservation Commission
    • Director
      • Assistant Director - Administration
        • Administration Division
          • Fiscal Services Section
          • Employee Services Section
          • Human Resources Section
      • Assistant Director - Operations
        • Fisheries Division
        • Wildlife Division
        • Information and Education Division
        • Law Enforcement Division
        • Federal Aid and Response Management Division


The Wildlife Conservation Department, with an annual budget of over $40 million, is one of the larger employers of the State. For fiscal year 2010, the Department was authorized 339 full-time employees.[2]

Division Number of Employees
Administration Division 30
Wildlife Services Division 89
Fisheries Services Division 82
Law Enforcement Division 118
Information and Education Office 20
Total 339

Fallen officers

Since the establishment of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, two officers have died while on duty.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "State Fact Sheets: Oklahoma". Economic Research Service. United States Department of Agriculture. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  2. ^ FY 2011 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance
  3. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

External links

  • Official DWC Hunting Regulations
  • Official DWC Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
  • Official DWC Fishing Regulations
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