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Highlights of Changes

Highlights of CHANGES FOR 2015-2016

The following are brief descriptions of regulation changes for the 2015-2016 seasons. This summary of regulation changes is intended to be used as a reference only. You are required to be familiar with all the changes to regulations that apply to each of these items.

  • Youth elk gun season is now open in the Special Southwest Zone. The season dates will run concurrently with the youth deer gun season: Oct. 16-18, 2015. See Elk.
  • No feral hogs may be removed alive from a WMA. See Small Game/Hog Regulations.
  • Effective November 1, 2015: adding exotic wildlife to list of wildlife that may not be taken by certain means.
  • Effective November 1, 2015: removing mesh size restrictions when harvesting aquatic turtles commercially.
  • Archery hunting license for deer for nonresidents will expire on January 15 of the calendar year after the year purchased or if purchased during the deer archery season it shall expire at the end of that deer archery season. See Deer.
  • Effective November 1, 2015: adding 3-Day Wildlife Conservation Passport for a price of $15. See License Costs.
  • Effective November 1, 2015: resident fur dealers no longer required to provide advance notice of each and every place where business is transacted.
  • Effective November 1, 2015: All traps shall bear the name of the owner of the traps, except for any traps set on property owned or leased by the owner of the traps. See Furbearer Regulations.
  • Effective November 1, 2015: on any lands where smooth-jawed double-spring offset traps are used, the posting of signs shall be required at all entrances from public roads and highways. The requirement to post signs shall not apply if the person is trapping on property owned or leased by the person. See Furbearer Regulations.
  • Camp Gruber (CGTC) hunting opportunities have increased, see Appendix 8.
  • Effective January 1, 2016: Oklahoma residents who are citizens of the Cherokee Nation will receive a free annual hunting and fishing combination license. See Special Licenses & Permits.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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