2017-18 Oklahoma Hunting Season Dates

Hunting Season
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Those with Oklahoma hunting licenses are allowed to hunt during very specific times of the year, depending on method and the game being hunted. It is important to follow these dates, as to hunt outside of them could result in stiff fines.  Here is a breakdown of the Oklahoma hunting season dates for 2017-18.

To verify dates and for more information on specific counties, contact the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation by email at info@odwc.state.ok.us or by phone at (405) 521-3855.

 Also, see the department's current Oklahoma Hunting Guide for details on regulation changes for this year, license exemptions and field requirements.

Oklahoma Deer Season Dates

  • Archery hunting: Oct. 1 through Jan. 15
  • Muzzleloading season: Oct. 28 through Nov. 5 (Antlerless days vary by Zone. See below.)
  • Gun hunting: Nov. 18 through Dec. 3 (Antlerless days vary by Zone. See below.)
  • Youth deer gun: Oct. 20 through 22
  • Holiday Anterless deer gun season: December 22 through 31

Review the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservations's Zone Maps for restrictions on antlerless hunting.

Other Game

  • Antelope Archery: Oct. 1 through 14 (Only in open areas)
  • Bear Archery: Oct. 1 through 15 (Only in open counties)
  • Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 28 through Nov. 5 (Only in open counties)
  • Dove: Sept. 1 through Oct. 31st, Dec. 1 through 29 
  • Pheasant: Dec. 1, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018 (Open only in designated areas)
  • Quail: Nov. 11, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018 (Statewide)
  • Rabbit: Oct. 1, 2017 through March 15, 2018
  • Squirrel: May 15, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2018 (Statewide)
  • Turkey Archery: Oct. 1, 2017 - January 15, 2018
  • Turkey: Nov. 4 through 17, April 6, 2018 through May 6, 2018
  • Racoon, Badger and other furbearers:  Dec. 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Free Hunting Days

In early September of each year, Oklahoma holds free hunting days.

  No hunting license or Harvest Information Program permits are required to hunt on those days, and the period coincides with dove and squirrel season.  For 2017, Oklahoma free hunting days will be held Sept. 2-3.

Where to Hunt

Looking for a place to hunt near the Oklahoma City metro area?  Well, you have a few options:

  • Canton Lake - Located just a short drive northwest of OKC, Canton Lake has nearly 15,000 acres of public hunting land.  For information, call (580) 541-5319.
  • Lexington WMA - Drive about 20 minutes or so south of Norman to the Lexington Wildlife Management Area, just east of I-35 and north of Highway 39.  It's about 9500 acres and is a popular area of quail, deer, turkey and more.  Call (405) 527-6476 for more information.
  • Arcadia Lake - It's the closest, certainly, but the city of Edmond offers only controlled archery deer hunts at Arcadia Lake.  For information on how to apply, call (405) 216-7471 or see edmondok.com.
  • Lake Thunderbird - Deer archery and shotgun waterfowl hunting are available at Lake Thunderbird in Norman.  For more information and to find out the exact areas around the lake in which you can hunt, call (405) 360-3572.