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Hunter Education Requirements

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

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.

District 1

  • The Arrow Shop
    August 18th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Dewey, OK
  • Masonic Lodge
    August 24th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Owasso, OK
  • Excalibur Sports
    September 14th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Afton, OK
  • Delaware County Library
    September 21st, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Jay, OK
  • First Baptist Church
    October 5th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Jenks, OK

District 2

  • Fort Gibson High School Cafeteria
    September 7th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Muskogee, OK
  • Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge – Maintenance Facility
    September 7th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Okmulgee, OK
  • Northeastern State University – Webb Educational Building
    September 14th, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Tahlequah, OK
  • Wagoner Civic Center
    September 21st, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Wagoner, OK
  • Central High School Cafeteria
    October 12th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sallisaw, OK

District 3

  • Life Church
    September 7th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    McAlester, OK
  • Broken Bow High School Cafeteria
    September 14th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Broken Bow, OK
  • Kiamichi Tech Center
    September 21st, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Poteau, OK
  • Wildlife Heritage Center
    September 21st, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Antlers, OK

District 4

  • Bristow High School
    August 24th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Bristow, OK
  • Pontotoc Tech Center
    September 14th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Ada, OK

District 5

  • Meridian Tech Center
    August 31st, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Stillwater, OK
  • Plainview Schools
    September 21st, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    September 22nd, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Must attend both days.
    Ardmore, OK
  • Gordon Cooper Tech Center
    October 5th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Shawnee, OK
  • Mid-America Tech Center
    October 5th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Wayne, OK
  • Arcadia Conservation Education Area
    October 12th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    October 13th, 2 p.m. – 6p.m.
    Must attend both days.
    Edmond, OK
  • Arcadia Conservation Education Area
    November 16th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Edmond, OK

District 6

  • First Baptist Church – Life Center
    August 24th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Marlow, OK
  • Caddo-Kiowa Tech Center
    September 7th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Fort Cobb, OK
  • Great Plains Tech Center
    September 20th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    September 21st, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Lawton, OK
  • Canadian Valley Tech Center
    October 5th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Chickasha, OK
  • Big Pasture Elementary School
    October 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Randlett, OK
  • Mustang Community Center
    November 9th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Mustang, OK
  • Chisholm Trail Tech Center
    November 16th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Omega, OK

District 7

  • Jackson County Expo Center
    August 24th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Altus, OK
  • Greer County Fairgrounds
    September 21st, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Mangum, OK
  • Western Technology Center
    September 21st, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Elk City, OK
  • Crowder Lake Outdoor Classroom Building
    October 5th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Weatherford, OK

District 8

  • Laverne Fire Department
    August 24th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Laverne, OK
  • Grand National Gun Club
    September 14th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Enid, OK
  • High Plains Tech Center
    September 14th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Woodward, OK
  • Guymon Police Department
    September 14th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Guymon, OK
  • Baker Building
    October 5th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Cherokee, OK
  • Gravity Room at City Central
    October 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Ponca City, OK