Whenever you go hunting in the state of Oklahoma you are required to have a license, and can only hunt certain animals during the appropriate hunting season. Hunting without a license is monitored across the state by park rangers and game wardens, and being caught doing so will result in a hefty fine.
Fortunately, getting a hunting license in the state of Oklahoma is a relatively simple process once you understand all the details regarding costs, purchase locations, and online buying options. However, before you go out for your first legal hunt, be sure to check out the current Oklahoma hunting season dates so that you don't accidentally shoot an animal in its off-season.
Determine Your Oklahoma Hunting License Needs
If you plan to live in Oklahoma for a long time and are a frequent hunter, a lifetime hunting license is probably the choice for you, but if you rarely go hunting, you may opt for an annual license. On the other hand, if you're only in the state for a limited time, you may want a non-residential annual or five-day hunting license instead.
In any case, the first step to getting your hunting license is determining which license is right for you. Keep in mind, though, that each type of license comes with a different fee and requirements:
- Lifetime Hunting (Residential Only): $625
- 5-Year Residential Combination / Hunting / Fishing: $148 / $88 / $88
- Annual Residential Combination / Hunting / Fishing: $53 / $25 / $25
- Non-Resident Annual: $176
- Non-Resident 5-Day: $75
You can view full details on pricing, licensing requirements, and restrictions on the official Oklahoma Wildlife Department website. Special rates are available for senior citizens (over 64 years old) and military service members. Annual licenses expeire on December 31, regardless of purchase date.
Determine Whether You'll Need Additional Permits
Depending on the game type you want to hunt, you may also need separate licenses specifically for:
- Migratory Waterfowl: $10
- Antelope: $51
- Elk: $51
- Fur: $10
- Sandhill Crane: $3
- Rattlesnake (5-day): $5
- Turkey: $10
- Bear: $101
- Deer by Archery: $20
- Deer by Gun: $20
- Antlerless deer during deer muzzleloader season: $20
Listed prices are for residents, and migratory bird hunters must also carry a Harvest Information Permit (HIP) unless hunting on their own property. For questions or more information, contact the state's Department of Wildlife Conservation License office.
Gather Necessary Information
In order to purchase a hunting license in the state of Oklahoma, you will need to provide name, address, email (if purchasing online), and valid identification, so make sure you have everything prepared before buying. The following are considered valid forms of identification:
Purchase Your Oklahoma Hunting License
Now that you know exactly what you want and you have your necessary information, you can purchase an Oklahoma hunting license. Licenses are available at over 700 locations across the state, and chances are good that sporting goods stores, bait shops, or even many convenience stores can sell a license.
Now, you can even purchase a license online, and non-residents can also order over the phone. There is a $3 convenience fee to purchase online, and you'll need Visa or Mastercard, but no fee applies to licenses purchased over the phone.
On the other hand, lifetime licenses must be purchased by filing a form, and you must submit your request in person (but can get details online).
Tips for Getting Your Hunting Licenses in Oklahoma
- Fines for hunting in the state of Oklahoma without a license begin at $250 and can even include jail time, so there is absolutely no reason not to pay the small license fee.
- License fees go to support the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, an entity that receives no other state tax funding.
- Residents under 16 and non-residents under 14 are exempt from needing an Oklahoma hunting license.
- Special licenses are available and required for Blue River Public Fishing & Hunting Area, Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area, and the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area.