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Youth Licenses

Resident Youth Hunting, Resident Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing, Fiscal-Year Youth Hunting, Fiscal-Year Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing: Legal residents of Oklahoma who are 16 or 17 years old are eligible to purchase any of the youth hunting licenses.

  • Resident Youth Deer Archery: Available to legal residents of Oklahoma who are under 18 years of age. The youth deer archery license may be used during the regular deer archery season.
  • Resident Youth Deer Gun and Resident Youth Deer Primitive: Available to legal residents of Oklahoma who are under 18 years of age. Each license costs $10. The youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless) may be used during the youth deer gun season or during the regular deer gun season. The youth deer primitive license (antlered or antlerless) may be used during the regular deer muzzleloader season.
  • Resident Youth Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun: Legal residents of Oklahoma who are under 18 years of age are eligible to purchase the $10 youth Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun license. It may only be used during the Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun season.

Nonresident Deer Licenses

Nonresidents may purchase three season-specific deer licenses: a nonresident annual deer archery license, a nonresident annual deer muzzleloader license or a nonresident annual deer gun license. Each of the three types of non-resident deer licenses permit the hunter to hunt for all deer allowed during the specified season. For the specific season limits, see the information for each season. The combined season limit of all seasons remains six deer per individual with no more than two antlered deer.

These licenses are valid on both public and private lands. Licenses are not transferable between seasons. The nonresident annual deer gun license also covers the holiday antlerless deer season. Note – Individuals hunting with a nonresident annual deer archery license will need a 2013 license for hunting after January 1, 2013.

Combined Season Limit

The combined season limit for deer archery, youth deer gun, deer muzzleloader and deer gun seasons is no more than six deer per individual. This limit may include no more than two antlered deer.

Deer taken by hunters participating in holiday antlerless deer gun season or controlled hunts are not included in the hunter’s combined season limit.

Deer taken during Jan. 1 – 15, 2013, count toward the 2012 bag limit.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see General Hunting Regulations.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult List of Public Lands section.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

Antlered Deer Definition

Any deer, regardless of sex, with at least three inches of antler length above the natural hairline on either side.

White Deer

Restrictions against killing white (albino or piebald) deer have been removed. Hunters are permitted to harvest white deer as part of their season limit.

Field Tagging & Checking

For field tagging and checking requirements for deer, see Field Tagging & Checking.

More Than One Method of Take in the Field

Hunters are allowed to carry both archery equipment and a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season provided they have the appropriate licenses and follow other muzzleloader season regulations.

Hunters also are allowed to carry both archery equipment and legal firearms during any modern gun season, again provided they have the appropriate licenses and follow other regulations to participate in those seasons.

Tracking Devices

Telemetric radio tracking devices for deer hunting are legal. However, thermal tracking devices are illegal.

Carcass Disposal

No person may dump the carcass of any dead animal in any well, spring, pond, or stream of water or leave it within 1/4 mile of any occupied dwelling or public highway without burying the carcass in an appropriate manner where it is not liable to become exposed through erosion of the soil or where such land is subject to overflow.

Youth Deer Gun

Age Requirements

Youth under 18 years of age: All youth while hunting are required to be accompanied by an adult, 18 years old or older. The adult cannot gun hunt, but may archery hunt while accompanying the youth hunter. The adult hunter may not possess any firearms except under provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act and Oklahoma Firearms Act.

License Requirements

Resident youth under 16 years of age: Must possess a youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless) or an apprentice-designated youth deer gun license or proof of exemption. Exempt from the purchase of a hunting license. Youth 7 years of age or under must be hunter education certified to hunt deer.

  • Resident youth 16 and 17 years old: Must possess a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, must possess a youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless) for each deer hunted or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youth 17 years of age and younger: Must possess a nonresident deer gun license or apprentice-designated nonresident deer gun license (see Hunter Education). Exempt from a hunting license. Youth 7 years of age or under must be hunter education certified to hunt deer.

Dates & Open Areas

Oct. 19-21, 2012; statewide.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult List of Public Lands section.

Youth Deer Gun Limit

Two deer, only one of which may be antlered.

The harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited during the youth deer gun season.

Deer taken by youth hunters participating in the youth deer gun season are included in the hunter’s combined season limit but do not count as part of the regular deer gun season limit.

Youth Deer Gun Licenses

Resident youth hunters who do not harvest a deer during the youth deer gun season may use their unfilled youth deer gun license(s) during the regular deer gun season to take a deer.

Resident youth hunters who do harvest a deer during the youth deer gun season may purchase another youth deer gun license and harvest a deer during the regular deer gun season.

Legal Means of Taking

Equipment described as legal for deer gun season.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see General Hunting Regulations.

Field Tagging & Checking

For field tagging and checking requirements, see Field Tagging & Checking.

Deer Archery

License Requirements

  • Resident: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, all deer hunters must possess a deer archery license for each deer hunted or proof of exemption.
  • Resident Youth: Youth hunters 16 or 17 years old must purchase a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits). All youth hunters under 18 years of age may purchase a youth deer archery license.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident deer hunters are exempt from a hunting license while hunting deer, but they must possess a nonresident deer archery license. Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing deer licenses.
  • Jan. 1 - 15: All hunters must possess a deer archery license for the current calendar year and a current hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption.

Deer taken during this time count toward the hunter’s 2012 bag limit.

Dates & Open Areas

Oct. 1, 2012 – Jan. 15, 2013; statewide.

Archery Limit

Six deer, which may include no more than two antlered deer.

Deer taken by hunters participating in archery season are included in the hunters combined season limit.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Bow: Minimum of 40 pounds draw weight. Hand-held releases are legal. Devices that permit a bow to be held mechanically at full or partial draw are allowed.
  • Broadheads: Arrows / bolts must be fitted with hunting type points not less than 7/8 inches wide, including mechanical broadheads meeting this width requirement when fully open.
  • Crossbows: Minimum of 100 pounds draw weight and equipped with safety devices. Bolts must be a minimum of 14 inches in length. Leverage gaining devices are legal.
  • Firearms Restriction: No person may carry or use any firearm in conjunction with archery equipment during the archery season while hunting deer, except under provisions of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act and the Oklahoma Firearms Act.

Hunters are allowed to carry both archery equipment and a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season provided they have the appropriate licenses and follow other muzzleloader season regulations.

Hunters also are allowed to carry both archery equipment and legal firearms during any modern gun season, again provided they have the appropriate licenses and follow other regulations to participate in those seasons.

  • Illegal Devices: Laser sights.

Deer Muzzleloader (Primitive Firearms)

License Requirements

  • Resident: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, you must possess a deer primitive firearms license (antlered or antlerless) for each deer hunted or proof of exemption.
  • Resident Youth: Youth hunters 16 or 17 years old must purchase a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits). All youth hunters under 18 years of age may purchase a youth deer primitive license (antlered or antlerless).
  • Nonresident: Nonresident deer hunters are exempt from a hunting license while hunting deer, but they must possess a nonresident deer primitive firearms license or proof of exemption. Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing deer licenses.

Dates & Open Areas

Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, 2012; statewide.

Antlerless deer may only be harvested on specified days and in zones open to antlerless harvest (see Antlerless Deer Zones).

Muzzleloader Limit

One antlered and two antlerless deer, at least one antlerless deer must be harvested from Zone 2, 7 or 8. See Antlerless Deer Zones for more information.

Deer taken by hunters participating in muzzleloader season are included in the hunters’ combined season limit.

Unfilled Deer Primitive Firearms
Antlered License

Hunters who do not harvest an antlered deer during muzzleloader season may use their unfilled deer primitive firearms antlered license to harvest an antlerless deer on the last day of the muzzleloader season in zones open to antlerless harvest.

Hunters must still comply with the limit restriction of no more than two antlerless deer during muzzleloader season. At least one must come from Zone 2, 7 or 8 (see Antlerless Deer Zones).

Unfilled deer primitive firearms licenses are not valid during any other deer season.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Muzzleloading rifles, muzzleloading shotguns or muzzleloading pistols: .40 caliber or larger rifle or pistol, or 20-gauge or larger shotgun, firing a single slug or ball that is loaded from the muzzle.
  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for deer archery season.
  • Illegal devices: Blackpowder firearms loaded from the breech, laser sights and light enhancement devices (night scopes) are illegal.

Deer Gun

License Requirements

  • Resident: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, you must possess a deer gun license (antlered or antlerless) for each deer hunted or proof of exemption.
  • Resident youth: Youth hunters 16 or 17 years old must purchase a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits). All youth hunters under 18 years of age may purchase a youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless).
  • Nonresident: Nonresident deer hunters are exempt from a hunting license while hunting deer, but they must possess a nonresident deer gun license or proof of exemption. Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing deer licenses.

Dates & Open Areas

Nov. 17 – Dec. 2, 2012; statewide.

Antlerless deer may only be harvested on specified days and in zones open to antlerless harvest (see Antlerless Deer Zones).

Deer Gun Limit

One antlered and two antlerless deer, at least one antlerless deer must be harvested from Zone 2, 7 or 8 (see Antlerless Deer Zones).

The harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited during deer gun season.

Deer taken by hunters participating in deer gun season are included in the hunters’ combined season limit.

Unfilled Deer Gun Antlered License

Resident hunters who do not harvest an antlered deer during deer gun season may use their unfilled deer gun antlered license to harvest an antlerless deer on the last day of the deer gun season.

Resident hunters must still comply with the limit restriction of no more than two antlerless deer during deer gun season. At least one must come from Zone 2, 7 or 8 (see Antlerless Deer Zones).

Unfilled resident deer gun licenses are not valid during the holiday antlerless deer gun season.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Rifles: Centerfire rifles firing at least a 55-grain weight soft-nosed or hollow-point bullet and having an overall cartridge case length of 1 1/4 inches or longer (9mm rifles are not legal). Clips or magazines of all .22 caliber centerfire firearms may not be capable of holding more than seven rounds of ammunition.
  • Muzzleloaders: Equipment described as legal for deer muzzleloader season and blackpowder firearms loaded from the breech are legal.
  • Shotguns: 20 gauge or larger, firing a single rifled slug are legal.
  • Centerfire handguns: Chambered for .24 caliber or larger and 100 grain or heavier soft-nosed bullet having an overall cartridge case length of 1 1/4 inches or longer are legal (.357 or larger) and a minimum barrel length of four inches.
  • Semi-automatic handguns: Chambered for any centerfire ammunition with a 100-grain or heavier soft-nosed bullet and having a cartridge case size of .40 caliber or larger (includes 10 mm, .357 Sig., and 40 cal. or larger) and a minimum barrel length of four inches.
  • Handguns chambered for any centerfire rifle ammunition: Chambered for any centerfire rifle ammunition using at least a 55-grain soft-nosed bullet and having an overall cartridge case length of 1 1/4 inches or longer and a minimum barrel length of four inches.
  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for deer archery season.
  • Illegal devices: Fully automatic firearms, supressors (silencers), laser sights and light enhancement devices (night scopes) are illegal. Beginning Nov. 1, 2012, landowners hunting on their own property and guests of those landowners will be permitted to use suppressors.

Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (Special Antlerless Deer Gun)

License Requirements

  • Resident: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, hunters must possess a holiday antlerless deer gun license or proof of exemption.
  • Resident youth: Youth hunters 16 or 17 years old must purchase a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits). All youth hunters under 18 years of age may purchase a youth holiday antlerless deer gun license.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident deer hunters are exempt from a hunting license while hunting deer, but they must possess a nonresident deer gun license or proof of exemption. Holders of nonresident lifetime hunting and lifetime combination licenses are not exempt from purchasing deer licenses.

Dates & Open Areas

Dec. 21 – 30, 2012, only in open areas. Refer to Antlerless Deer Zones map.

Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun Limit

One antlerless deer.

The harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited during the holiday antlerless deer gun season.

Deer taken by hunters participating in the holiday deer season are not included in the hunter’s combined season limit.

Unfilled Deer Licenses

Unfilled resident youth deer gun, deer primitive firearms and deer gun licenses are not valid during the holiday antlerless deer gun season.

Resident hunters participating in the holiday antlerless deer gun season must purchase a holiday antlerless deer gun license or a youth holiday antlerless deer gun license (under 18), unless exempt.

Legal Means of Taking

Equipment described as legal for deer gun season.

 

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