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Deer Hunting Seasons

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

 

Combined Season Limit

  • Six: no more than two may be antlered.

This includes deer archery, youth deer gun, deer muzzleloader and deer gun seasons.

Deer taken during Jan. 1-15, 2018 count toward the 2017 combined season limit.

Deer taken during controlled hunts or during the holiday antlerless deer gun season do not count toward the combined season limit.

Antlered Deer Definition

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

Field Tagging & Checking

Hunter must attach name, license number, date and time to the carcass immediately after harvest.

Annual license holders must also fill out the “Record of Game”. section on the back of their license

Hunter must E-Check deer within 24 hours of leaving the hunt area.

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 are allowed to carry both archery equipment and legal firearms during any modern gun season, 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 likely to become exposed through erosion of the soil or where such land is subject to overflow.

Deer Archery

Oct. 1, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018; statewide.

License Requirements

Youth Resident (unless exempt):

  • 16-17 years old must purchase a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth deer archery license.
  • Under 16 years old must purchase a resident youth deer archery license (exempt from resident youth hunting license).

Jan. 1-15: must be in possession of a resident hunting license and a resident deer archery license for the current calendar year. Unfilled deer archery license (Jan. 1-15) may be used the following fall season.

Resident (unless exempt):

  • Resident Hunting License, and
  • Resident Deer Archery License

Jan. 1-15: must be in possession of a resident hunting license and a resident deer archery license for the current calendar year. Unfilled deer archery license (Jan. 1-15) may be used the following fall season.

Nonresident:

  • Nonresident Deer Archery License (license valid Oct. 1 – Jan. 15; exempt from nonresident hunting license) or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license.

Archery Limit

  • Six: no more than two may be antlered.

All deer taken during the deer archery season count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Hunter Orange

Must conspicuously wear either an outer garment above the waistline or head covering while archery hunting (on both public and private lands) during the following dates:

  • Oct. 20-22, 2017
  • Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, 2017
  • Nov. 18 – Dec. 3, 2017
  • Dec. 22-31, 2017
  • Dec. 14-17, 2017 & Jan. 1-15, 2018 (Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa Counties only)
  • Dec. 2 – Jan. 15 (Cimarron Country and the portion of Texas County west of State Highway 136 only)

Youth Deer Gun

Oct. 20-22, 2017; statewide.

Age Requirements

17 years old and younger. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.

License Requirements

  • Resident youths under 16 years of age must possess a resident youth deer gun license.
  • Resident youths 16 and 17 years of age must possess a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth deer gun license.
  • Nonresident youths must possess a nonresident deer gun license (exempt from nonresident hunting license).

Other Requirements

Accompanying adult hunter may not gun hunt, but may archery hunt provided they have the appropriate licenses.

Accompanying adult hunter may not possess any firearms except under provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act and Oklahoma Firearms Act.

Hunter Orange

Must conspicuously wear an outer garment above the waistline and head covering totaling at least 400 sq. inches (on both public and private lands).

Youth Deer Gun Limit

  • Two: no more than one may be antlered. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited.

All deer taken during the youth deer gun season are included in the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer, but are not included as part of the hunter’s regular deer gun season limit of three deer. Any unfilled youth deer gun license may be used during the regular deer gun season.

Youth’s may also harvest a turkey in any of the counties listed below, provided they have the appropriate fall turkey license.

Legal means of taking are the same as equipment described as legal for big game gun season. A turkey taken during the Youth Deer Gun season counts toward the statewide fall turkey bag limit of one.

  • Tom only: Alfalfa, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cotton, Creek, Custer, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Hughes, Jefferson, Kay, Kiowa, Love, Murray, Noble, Okfuskee, Pawnee, Seminole, Stephens, Texas and Washita counties.
  • Either-sex: Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Comanche, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Osage, Payne, Roger Mills, Tillman, Woods and Woodward counties.

Deer Muzzleloader

Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, 2017; statewide.

License Requirements

Youth Resident (unless exempt):

  • 16-17 years old must purchase a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth deer muzzleloader license (antlered or antlerless).
  • Under 16 years old must purchase a resident youth deer muzzleloader license (antlered or antlerless; exempt from resident youth hunting license).

Resident (unless exempt):

  • Resident Hunting License, and
  • Resident Deer Muzzleloader License (antlered or antlerless)

Nonresident:

  • Nonresident Deer Muzzleloader License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license.

Hunter Orange

Must conspicuously wear an outer garment above the waistline and head covering totaling at least 400 sq. inches (on both public and private lands).

Deer Muzzleloader Limit

  • Three: one antlered, two antlerless.

All deer taken during the deer muzzleloader season count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Antlerless deer may only be harvested on specified days and in zones open to antlerless harvest.

If you harvest two antlerless, at least one must be harvested in Zones 2, 7 or 8.

Unfilled Antlered License

An unfilled deer muzzleloader antlered license may be used to harvest an antlerless deer on the last day of the deer primitive season in zones open to antlerless harvest.

Hunters must still comply with the limit restriction of no more than two antlerless deer during the deer primitive season, at least one of which must come from Zone 2, 7 or 8.

Unfilled deer muzzleloader licenses are not valid for any other deer season.

Deer Gun

Nov. 18 – Dec. 3, 2017; statewide.

License Requirements

Youth Resident (unless exempt):

  • 16-17 years old must purchase a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless)
  • Under 16 years old must purchase a resident youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless; exempt from resident youth hunting license)

Resident (unless exempt):

  • Resident Hunting License, and
  • Resident Deer Gun License (antlered or antlerless)

Nonresident:

  • Nonresident Deer Gun License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license

Hunter Orange

Must conspicuously wear an outer garment above the waistline and head covering totaling at least 400 sq. inches (on both public and private lands).

Deer Gun Limit

  • Three: one antlered, two antlerless. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited.

All deer taken during the deer gun season count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Antlerless deer may only be harvested on specified days and in zones open to antlerless harvest.

If you harvest two antlerless, at least one must be harvested in Zones 2, 7 or 8.

Unfilled Antlered License

An unfilled deer gun antlered license may be used to harvest an antlerless deer on the last day of the deer gun season in zones open to antlerless harvest.

Hunters must still comply with the limit restriction of no more than two antlerless deer during the deer gun season, at least one of which must come from Zone 2, 7 or 8.

Unfilled deer gun licenses are not valid for the Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun season.

Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun

Dec. 22-31, 2017; statewide.

License Requirements

Youth Resident (unless exempt):

  • 16-17 years old must purchase a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth holiday antlerless deer gun license
  • Under 16 years old must purchase a resident youth holiday antlerless deer gun license (exempt from resident youth hunting license)

Resident (unless exempt):

  • Resident Hunting License, and
  • Resident Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun License

Nonresident:

  • Nonresident Deer Gun License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license

Hunter Orange

Must conspicuously wear an outer garment above the waistline and head covering totaling at least 400 sq. inches (on both public and private lands).

Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun Limit

  • One. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited.

Deer taken during the holiday antlerless deer gun season do not count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Holiday antlerless deer may only be harvested in zones open to antlerless harvest.

Unfilled Deer Licenses

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

FAQs About Hunter Education

I want to hunt but don’t have hunter education. What should I do?

You have more options than ever when it comes to hunter education. If you are 10 years or older, you can take the class online anytime or you can attend an in-person class. Find details on both at
wildlifedepartment.com. If neither of these is an option, you can hunt as an apprentice using an apprentice-designated hunting license.

How do I get a replacement card?

Go to wildlifedepartment.com and click on “Education.” If you can’t find your information online, call (405) 521-3855. We’ll need to know your name and date of birth. It will help if you know when and where you took the class. We do not have access to card information issued by other states.

What if I have a problem with the online course?

Call (866) 521-2444 or e-mail helpdesk@omes.ok.gov from 6 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays.

How do I find an in-person class?

Live classes are scheduled statewide from August through mid-November. At least one class will be scheduled per county. Go to wildlifedepartment.com to see scheduled courses.

I am 9 or younger and not eligible for hunter education certification. Can I still hunt?

Yes, when you are accompanied by a hunter who meets the Accompanying Hunter Requirements. If the game you are hunting requires a license, you can get an apprentice-
designated license.