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License Exemptions

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

Residents

Under 16 Years of Age

Residents under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of the hunting license, federal duck stamp, Oklahoma waterfowl license, Wildlife Conservation Passport, land access permit and HIP requirements.

Under 18 Years of Age

Any person under 18 years of age in the physical custody of a child-care facility is exempt from the purchase of a hunting license.

Also, any person under 18 years of age is exempt from the Wildlife Conservation Passport and land access permit.

64 Years Old or Older

Residents 64 years old or older are exempt from the purchase of a land access permit and HIP requirements (including those who will turn 64 during the calendar year in which they intend to hunt migratory birds). Residents 65 years old or older are exempt from the purchase of the Oklahoma waterfowl license.

Lifetime Licenses
(Hunting, Combination, Senior Citizen & Disabled Veteran)

All resident holders of a lifetime hunting, lifetime combination, senior citizen hunting , senior citizen combination or lifetime disabled veteran combination hunting/fishing license are exempt from the purchase of the annual hunting license; deer, elk, antelope and turkey licenses; Oklahoma waterfowl license, trapping license and the fur license.

Holders of these lifetime licenses are not exempt from the purchase of the federal duck stamp, bear licenses, land access permit, HIP requirements or federal sandhill crane permit, unless exempt by age as listed above.

Landowners or Tenants

Resident landowners or tenants who hunt only on land owned or agriculturally leased by them (not including hunting leases) are exempt from the hunting license. Resident landowners who hunt waterfowl and other migratory game birds only on their own property are exempt from the Oklahoma waterfowl license and HIP requirements.

Only resident landowners or tenants or such individuals’ children who trap on land owned or agriculturally leased by such owners or agricultural lessees (not including hunting leases) are exempt from purchasing a trapping license.

Persons residing in another state who own land in Oklahoma but do not live on that land are considered nonresidents and are not exempt.

Landowners or Agricultural Lessees

Landowners or agricultural lessees who kill bobcats, raccoons, gray/red foxes or river otters actually found destroying livestock or poultry are exempt from the purchase of the fur license.

No landowner or agricultural lessee who takes these species under the depredation exemption may remove any part of the fur or unskinned carcass from the premises where taken.

Landowners or agricultural lessees taking furbearers in open season with intent to sell must possess a fur license. This license is not required for those who run or chase furbearers with dogs but do not take.

Disability

Residents having a proven permanent disability which renders them non-ambulatory and confines them to a wheelchair, as certified by a medical doctor, are exempt from the hunting license.

Proof of Exemption

Proof of exemption from a license or permit must be carried while in the field.

Veterans Affairs Disability Exemptions

Resident veterans 60 percent or more disabled, as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are exempt only from the hunting license.

Resident veterans 100 percent disabled, as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are exempt from the hunting license and all deer licenses.

Veterans may contact the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs at 1 (888) 655-2838 for a card that verifies their exemption; or they may carry V.A. documentation stating their percent of disability.

Nonresidents

Under 14 Years of Age

Nonresidents under 14 years of age are exempt from the purchase of a hunting license, HIP requirements and federal duck stamp.

Under 16 Years of Age

Nonresidents under 16 years of age are exempt from the purchase of the federal duck stamp and HIP requirements.

Under 18 Years of Age

Any person under 18 years of age in the physical custody of an Oklahoma child-care facility is exempt from the purchase of a hunting license.

Lifetime Licenses held by former residents

Nonresidents who formerly lived in Oklahoma and purchased a resident lifetime hunting, resident lifetime combination, resident senior citizen hunting, resident senior citizen combination or lifetime disabled veteran license may still use the license with all the same privileges. Those privileges are listed on this page in the “residents” column.

Nonresident Lifetime Licenses

Nonresidents who hold a nonresident lifetime hunting or combination license are exempt from the purchase of a nonresident annual hunting license. To hunt antelope, bear, deer or elk, nonresident lifetime license holders must purchase a nonresident antelope, bear, deer or elk license.

The owner of a nonresident lifetime license must purchase a nonresident annual hunting license in addition to a turkey license to hunt turkey.

Nonresident lifetime license holders need the following for certain types of migratory bird hunting: a HIP permit to hunt migratory game birds, a federal sandhill crane permit to hunt sandhill cranes, a federal duck stamp and an Oklahoma waterfowl license to hunt waterfowl.

Landowners

There are no license or permit exemptions for nonresident landowners.

Military Personnel

All active-duty U.S. military personnel regardless of duty station or state of residency along with their dependents may purchase any resident annual license with documentation of active-duty status.