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Regulation Changes

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The following are brief descriptions of regulation changes. 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.

  • Deer Gun Season: Season limit increased from three deer to four deer, only one of which may be antlered. See Deer Hunting Seasons.
  • Deer Muzzleloader Season: Season limit increased from three deer to four deer, only one of which may be antlered. See Deer Hunting Seasons.
  • Drummond Flats WMA: Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Hunting Equipment on Wildlife Management Areas: It shall be unlawful to place any equipment, including but not limited to tree stands, ground blinds, or game cameras on Department-managed lands, without permanently affixing the owner’s Department issued customer identification number or lifetime license number to the equipment in a conspicuous manner. All equipment not properly identified will become the property of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and be disposed of in the best practical manner. See Department-Managed Area Rules.
  • Waterfowl Blinds: There are new rules and definitions for waterfowl blind construction and permit drawings. See General Hunting Regulations.
  • Pheasant: Hunting now open in all of Osage County. See Pheasant Regulations.
  • Deer Archery: Deer Archery is now same as statewide season on Atoka WMA, Beaver River WMA, Canton WMA, Cherokee GMA, Cimarron Bluff WMA, Cimarron Hills WMA, Cookson WMA, Cooper WMA, Cross Timbers WMA, Fort Supply WMA, James Collins WMA, Major County WMA, McGee Creek WMA, Okmulgee GMA, Optima WMA, Osage WMA – Western Wall Unit, Pushmataha WMA, Rita Blanca WMA, Sans Bois WMA, Shultz WMA, Shorb WMA and Spavinaw GMA. Some areas have closure dates during open statewide seasons for controlled hunts, see Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Turkey Fall Archery: Turkey Fall Archery is now same as statewide season on Atoka WMA, Beaver River WMA, Beaver River WMA – McFarland Unit, Canton WMA, Cherokee GMA, Cimarron Bluff WMA, Cimarron Hills WMA, Cookson WMA, Cooper WMA, Cross Timbers WMA, Fort Supply WMA, James Collins WMA, Keystone WMA, Major County WMA, McGee Creek WMA, Okmulgee GMA, Optima WMA, Osage WMA – Western Wall Unit, Pushmataha WMA, Sans Bois WMA, Shorb WMA, Skiatook WMA and Spavinaw GMA. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Black Kettle WMA, Ellis County WMA: Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring one-tom limit, seasons combined. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Copan WMA, Hulah WMA: Deer Gun bag limit is one antlered and one antlerless deer. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Ellis County WMA, Packsaddle WMA: Deer Gun antlerless hunting permitted last two days of area season. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Hickory Creek WMA: Deer Muzzleloader, Deer Gun closed to antlerless hunting after opening day. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Okmulgee GMA: Quail hunting closed from the opening day of deer archery season through the first nine days of deer gun season.
  • Okmulgee PHA: Deer Gun open same as statewide season. Closed to antlerless hunting. Quail hunting closed from the opening day of deer archery season through the first nine days of deer gun season.
  • Statewide Importation of Cervid Carcasses or Carcass Parts: New rules pertaining to cervid importation. See Big Game Regulations.
  • Antlerless Deer Harvest Zones/Days: Zone 1 will increase to allow antlerless hunting all 16 days of gun season with a one antlerless bag limit, white-tailed deer only. Zones 2, 7, & 8 will double the antlerless bag limit from 2 to 4 for muzzleloader and gun seasons. Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, & 9 will double the antlerless bag limit for muzzleloader and gun season from 1 to 2 for each season. Zone 10 will increase to allow antlerless harvest all 16 days of gun season with a one antlerless bag limit. In ALL MANAGEMENT ZONES all deer taken count toward the hunter’s combined regular season limit of six deer. See Antlerless Deer Zones (PDF).
  • Waterfowl Zones: Zones 1 & 2 now have the same season dates. See Ducks, Mergansers, & Coots Regulations
  • Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun Season: The special Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun Season will be extended from 10 days to 14 days, running December 18-31. The holiday antlerless bag limit will be increased from one to two. These deer do not count toward the hunter’s combined regular season limit of six deer. See Deer Hunting Seasons.
  • Special Waterfowl Days: Veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training), may participate in the special waterfowl days. See General Hunting Regulations.
  • NEW Sandhills WMA: Public hunting area. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Feral Hogs: Hackberry Flat WMA/WRP, Kaw WMA, Sandy Sanders WMA and Waurika WMA are closed to all hog hunting. See Public Hunting Lands: Special Area Regulations.
  • Fall Turkey Gun: Tom only, except the SE Region and Bryan, Delaware, Mayes, Ottawa, Rogers and Tulsa counties, which are closed to turkey fall gun season. See Turkey Regulations.
  • Spring Turkey: One-tom only bag limit per county, except for the SE Region, which has a combined county limit of one-tom only. See Turkey Regulations.
  • Antelope Checking: Antelope must be checked-in within 24 hours using the online E-Check system. There are no longer physical check stations. See Deer Hunting Seasons & Antelope Hunting Seasons.

Free Hunting Days

Sept. 5-6, 2020

Do you know someone who wants to try hunting? Take them afield the first weekend in September. No hunting license is required for Oklahoma residents on Free Hunting Days! Introduce someone to hunting this season!