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This page is displaying information for the 2014-2015 seasons.

The 2015-2016 information can be found here at the Wildlife Department Website.

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The following are brief descriptions of regulation changes for the 2014-2015 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.

  • Elk season is now open statewide for private lands only. Elk hunting zones statewide specify bag limits, season dates and harvest quotas. See Elk.
  • All turkeys harvested statewide (including birds taken west of Interstate 35) must be reported using the online E-Check system at Each turkey must have evidence of sex (beard or one leg with foot) until reaching final destination. See E-Check.
  • Deer antler sheds may be gathered, possessed and sold.
  • The bag limit on river otters has increased to four, and river otters may now be taken statewide. See Furbearer Regulations.
  • Enclosed trigger traps are permitted on 35 additional WMAs. See Special Area Regulations section.
  • Use of suppressors (silencers) is prohibited on Department-managed lands. See Department-Managed Area Rules.
  • The following wildlife management areas are closed to the possession of dogs from 1 hour before official sunrise to 1 hour after official sunset during the deer gun, deer primitive firearms and deer youth gun seasons, except as allowed under the provision of the Americans With Disabilities Act: Honobia Creek, Pine Creek, and Three Rivers.
  • On all wildlife management areas, the discharge of firearms for purposes other than hunting is restricted to the specific target or shooting ranges provided for public use.
  • Minimum legal draw weight for compound bows has been reduced from 40 to 30 pounds as a legal means of take for deer and elk. See Deer and Elk.
  • Closed seasons established for various amphibians and reptiles considered species of concern. See Reptile & Amphibian Regulations.
  • The 5-day nonresident hunting license is no longer valid for quail hunting.
  • No person shall carry or use any modern firearm in conjunction with any legal primitive firearm (muzzleloader) during the primitive firearm (muzzleloader) deer season while hunting deer with a muzzleloader, except under the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
  • Except for battery-powered scoping devices that project a light or dot inside the scope and pin sight lights on archery equipment, no person shall use a laser sighting device as a hunting aid (unless certified 100 percent disabled or legally blind).
  • All legal residents of Oklahoma for at least six months who intend to remain residents of the state (as required on application) may purchase a lifetime fishing, hunting or combination license.
  • Certification testing and licenses are now required for all nuisance wildlife control operators, effective Nov. 1, 2014.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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