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Hunter Education Requirements

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No person thirty (30) years of age or younger may purchase or receive any hunting license or hunting tag unless the person possesses and can exhibit a certificate of competency and safety in the use an handling of firearms from the Department of Wildlife Conservation except those following the apprentice rules. Persons under ten (10) years of age may take the hunter education course but are not eligible to be tested for and receive hunter safety certification. A hunter safety certificate issued by another state or country and approved by the Department of Wildlife Conservation shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this section. (Youth participating in a youth deer, youth turkey or youth waterfowl season must adhere to accompaniment requirements for those seasons.)

Exempt from Hunter Education

  • Anyone thirty-one (31) or older: Not required to have Hunter Education certification to buy a hunting license in Oklahoma; or
  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces; or
  • Currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces; or
  • A member of the National Guard.

Question: Can I hunt without hunter education? Answer: Yes, You can hunt with an apprentice-designated license.

  • Hunters thirty (30) and younger: Anyone who is not hunter education-certified may buy an apprentice-designated hunting license. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
  • Hunters nine (9) and younger: Anyone who is not hunter education-certified may buy an apprentice-designated hunting license. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements for all species.

Accompanying Hunter Requirements

  • Big Game (deer, elk, bear and antelope) – accompanying hunter shall be within arms lengths of the apprentice hunter or close enough to take immediate control of the firearm or archery equipment of the apprentice.
  • Small Game (including turkey) – accompanying hunter shall be in sight of and able to communicate with the apprentice hunter in a normal voice without the aid of any communication device. When a license is not required (residents under sixteen (16) years of age, nonresidents under fourteen (14)years of age), the hunter must still be accompanied.
  • Accompanying hunter must be eighteen (18) years of age or older who possesses a certificate of hunter safety or is exempt from the hunter safety certification requirements.

Apprentice-Designated License

Anyone buying a hunting or season specific license who has not completed Hunter Education Certification will have the hunter education number on that particular license designated as apprentice. An individual who is in possession of an “apprentice-designated” license must abide by accompanying hunter requirements. For those requirements as well as apprentice-designated qualifications, see below:

  • Hunters 30 and younger: Anyone who is not Hunter Education-certified may buy a hunting license that is apprentice-designated. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
  • Hunters 9 and younger: Anyone who is not Hunter Education-certified may buy a hunting license that is apprentice-designated. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
  • Accompanying hunter requirements: A person 18 or older who is licensed (unless exempt) and Hunter Education-certified (unless exempt). For big game hunting, an accompanying hunter must be within arm’s length of the apprentice hunter or close enough to take immediate control of the firearm or bow of the apprentice. For small game hunting, the accompanying hunter must be within sight of and able to communicate with the apprentice in a normal voice without aid.
  • Anyone 31 or older is not required to have Hunter Education Certification to buy a hunting license.

Hunter Education Classes

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled classes or prefer to complete your hunter education certification online you can take the course online for free. Just go to wildlifedepartment.com click on Education under quick links, then Hunter Education and finally Take the Hunter Ed Course online. You must pre-register for in-person classes at wildlifedepartment.com. Due to COVID-19, some classes may be postponed or cancelled (if you are registered for an in-person class and it is postponed or canceled, you will receive an email).

District 1

  • Owasso Community Center
    August 15th, 8 a.m – 4 p.m.
    Owasso, OK
  • The Arrow Shop
    August 23rd, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Dewey, OK
  • Excalibur Sporting Goods
    September 5th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Afton, OK
  • Skiatook Fire Training Center
    September 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Skiatook, OK
  • Jay Public Library
    September 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Jay, OK

District 2

  • Fort Gibson High School Cafeteria
    September 5th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Fort Gibson, OK
  • Wagoner Civic Center
    September 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Wagoner, OK
  • Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Facility
    September 19th, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Okmulgee, OK
  • Cornerstone Fellowship Church Cafe
    September 19th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Tahlequah, OK
  • Central High School Cafeteria
    October 3rd, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Sallisaw, OK

District 3

  • Kiamichi Technology Center
    August 29th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Poteau, OK
  • Broken Bow Middle School Cafeteria
    August 29th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Broken Bow, OK
  • Life Church
    September 5th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    McAlester, OK
  • Antlers High School Auditorium
    September 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Antlers, OK

District 4

  • Spirit Bank
    August 15th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Bristow, OK
  • Bryan County OSU Extension Office
    August 22nd, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Durant, OK
  • Pontotoc County Agri-Plex & Convention Center
    August 22nd, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Ada, OK

District 5

  • Meridian Technology Center
    October 3rd, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Stillwater, OK
  • Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
    October 3rd, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Choctaw, OK
  • Mid- America Technology Center
    October 3rd, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Wayne, OK
  • Gordon Cooper Technology Center
    October 10th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Shawnee, OK
  • Arcadia Conservation Education Area
    October 10th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Edmond, OK

District 6

  • Marlow First Baptist Church Life Center Gym
    August 29th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Marlow, OK
  • Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
    September 5th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Fort Cobb, OK
  • Great Plains Technology Center
    September 18th, 6 p.m. 10 p.m. & September 19th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Lawton, OK
  • Canadian Valley Technology Center
    October 3rd, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Chickasha, OK
  • Chisholm Trail Technology Center
    November 14th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Omega, OK

District 7

  • Jackson County Fairgrounds
    August 29th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Altus, OK
  • Elk City Law Enforcement Range and Training Center
    August 29th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Elk City, OK
  • Senior Citizens Center
    September 19th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Granite, OK
  • Crowder Lake Outdoor Classroom Building
    October 3rd, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Colony, OK

District 8

  • Guymon Police Department
    September 12th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Guymon, OK
  • Grand National Quail Club Shooting Range
    September 19th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Enid, OK
  • High Plains Technology Center
    September 19th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Woodward, OK
  • Phillips 66 4th Street Clubhouse
    October 10th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Ponca City, OK