Bear Hunting Seasons
For requirements on hunter orange, legal means of taking, public lands, shooting hours, carcass disposal, more than one method of take in the field, tracking with dogs, field tagging and checking requirements, see Big Game Regulations.
Combined Season Limit
One: either sex. This includes bear archery and bear muzzleloader seasons.
No baiting is allowed on wildlife management areas. Shooting of cubs or females with cubs is prohibited. No den shooting of bears. Pursuing bears with dogs is prohibited. Shooting collared bears is prohibited.
Field Tagging & Checking
Upon harvesting a bear, all hunters must immediately attach their name and customer ID number securely to the carcass.
The attached item can be anything, as long as it contains the required information. This information must remain attached to the carcass until it is checked.
Upon harvesting a bear, all hunters must call Jeff Ford, Sr. Wildlife Biologist, at (918) 527-9918; or Matt Hensley, Wildlife Technician, at (918) 260-3920; or Tres Phipps, Wildlife Technician at (918) 527-9921.
The carcass must be checked in by the hunter who harvested the bear. After the carcass is checked, a carcass tag will be issued, which must remain with the carcass to its final destination or through processing and/or storage at commercial processing or storage facilities.
The head must remain attached to the carcass until the bear is checked. Bear carcasses may be checked-in quartered, with or without skin, but sex organs must remain naturally attached until checked by a Department employee.
Muzzleloader Bear Quota
The Wildlife Department has set the 2020 muzzleloader harvest quota at 20 bears. The muzzleloader season will be open until 20 bears have been harvested or the season ends. Hunters must check via telephone whether the quota has been reached before going hunting each day. Once the quota has been reached, the season will close.
To check the status of the harvest quota:
Call (888) 901-3256
Lifetime License holders are not exempt from the purchase of a bear license.
- Residents: Must possess a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, resident bear hunters must possess a bear license.
- Nonresidents: Nonresident bear hunters are exempt from a hunting license while hunting bear but must possess a nonresident bear license.
- License Purchasing Deadlines: Bear licenses for the archery season must be purchased prior to Oct. 1. No bear licenses will be sold after Sept. 30 for the archery season. An unfilled bear license from the archery season is valid for muzzleloader season.Bear licenses for the muzzleloader season must be purchased prior to Oct. 24. No bear licenses will be sold after Oct. 23 for the muzzleloader season.
Season Dates & Open Areas
- Archery: Oct. 1-18; Only in Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties; and that portion of McIntosh, Muskogee and Sequoyah counties south of Interstate 40; and that portion of Atoka, Bryan, McIntosh and Pittsburg counties east of U.S. Highway 69. There is no harvest quota for bear archery season.
- Muzzleloader: Oct. 24 – Nov. 1 (unless quota is met earlier). Only in Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties; and that portion of McIntosh, Muskogee and Sequoyah counties south of Interstate 40; and that portion of Atoka, Bryan, McIntosh and Pittsburg counties east of U.S. Highway 69.