First elected in November of 2010, Senator Mark Allen represents Oklahoma Senate District 4. In 2016, Senator Allen expressed his commitment to protecting and advancing Oklahoma’s outdoor heritage by joining the Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. He currently serves as caucus co-chair and has also advanced hunting and angling in the state through his leadership on the Senate’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the past.
A veteran of the US Navy, Senator Allen is also a Lifetime NRA Member. He sits on the Pajaro Gun Club Board of Directors and is a member of various other sportsmen’s groups including the National Sporting Clays Association and Ducks Unlimited.
The Sooner State is home to over 779,000 hunters and anglers who annually contribute millions of dollars towards the conservation of Oklahoma’s natural resources through the American System of Conservation Funding. The state’s sportsmen and women contributed over $41.2 million in 2017 alone. Hunters and anglers in Oklahoma spend upwards of $4.1 million per day on their outdoor pursuits which supports about 24,000 jobs in the state and provides a beneficial economic ripple effect worth over $2.1 billion.
What Committees or Caucuses have you been affiliated with in office that support the sportsmen’s community and fish and wildlife conservation?
Agriculture and Rural Development, Energy Chair, Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair.
What is your most memorable outdoor (hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or trapping) experience?
Attending the national sporting clay championship in San Antonio.
What is your favorite fish or game to pursue?
What hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping or other related organizations are you a member of?
National Sporting Clays Association; Ducks Unlimited; National Wild Turkey Federation; Board Member of Pajaro Gun Club.
What do you consider the biggest obstacle to recruiting new participants to hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping?
Access to lands and facilities.
Your opinion counts
Sportsmen and women have been on the receiving end of increased attention from the non-hunting public, criticizing the traditional “grip and grin” photos on various social media platforms. As a sportsman or sportswoman, what strategies have you utilized to address this negative feedback?Vote Here
- I don’t post “grip and grin” photos for that reason (40.00%)
- My social media is private to avoid unwanted comments (20.00%)
- I engage the individual in the comment section or in direct messages (0.00%)
- I post more “grip and grin” photos to prove a point (0.00%)
- When posting hunting or fishing photos I tell a narrative that focuses on aspects of hunting that the general public widely supports, such as the procurement of meat for family and friends (10.00%)
- I don’t engage those individuals (30.00%)