Saturday, May 18, 2013
The following are brief descriptions of regulation changes for the 2012-2013 seasons. This section is intended as a reference. However, you must still be familiar with all laws that apply to a particular season.
- Bear season dates and quotas have changed. The bear archery season will be October 1 – 21 with no harvest quota. Bear muzzleloader season will be October 27 – November 4 with a harvest quota of 20 bears. Once that quota is reached, the muzzleloader season will be closed. See Bear Regulations for complete season information.
- Annual license holders must now complete the “Record of Game” section on the back of their license forms after harvesting an antelope or an elk. This requirement was already in place for deer and turkey. See Field Tagging and Checking for more information.
- The season limit for youth deer gun season has changed. Youth deer hunters may now take either a buck and a doe or two does during the youth deer season. The season limit of only one antlered deer remains in effect. See Deer Regulations for complete season information.
- The use of bait, or baiting, is prohibited on lands owned or managed by the Wildlife Department. Baiting is defined as the placing, depositing, exposing, distributing or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain or feed. Salt or minerals that do not contain corn or other feed are not considered bait. See Baiting on Wildlife Management Areas for specific examples.
- Restrictions against harvesting white (albino or piebald) deer have been removed. See Deer Regulations for more information.
- For the 2013 spring turkey season, the turkey limit for the following counties has been reduced to a one-tom limit: Osage, Kay, Grant, Pawnee, Creek, Payne, Logan, Canadian, Lincoln, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Hughes, Seminole, Pottawatomie, McClain, Grady, Pontotoc, Garvin, Johnston, Murray, Carter, Love, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, Muskogee, McIntosh, Sequoyah and Haskell counties. See Turkey Regulations for complete season information.
- Rules for ATV use on Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area have changed in accordance with landowner stipulations. For more information, see List of Public Hunting Lands.
- Hunters pursuing small game or furbearers with a rifle larger than a .22 caliber after September in an area with an antelope season no longer have to carry a valid antelope license. See General Hunting Regulations for complete season information.
- It is unlawful to possess an American alligator.
- Effective Sept. 1, enclosed trigger traps will be permitted as legal trap methods. See Furbearer Regulations for more information.
- Effective Nov. 1, persons caught fishing or hunting without permission (poaching) may lose their hunting and fishing privileges in Oklahoma and the 37 other states that are part of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
- Effective Nov. 1, the Judas pig tagging system will be permitted for use on feral hogs. See Hog Regulations for more information.